Projects

24 May 2022

EMDR therapy for children using Virtual Reality

Following a therapy session at home using Virtual Reality. How effective is that? That is one of the questions of the collaborative project Follow the Dot to Beat Your Anxiety. The project focuses on children aged 8 to 17 who follow EMDR therapy because of anxiety or trauma symptoms. They continue the therapy at home by using Virtual Reality glasses. Janniek Bragt-de Jong (Medical and Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University) is PhD researcher on the project and tells about the ins and outs.
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17 March 2022

Interview with Joran Jongerling, Methodology and Statistics

Joran Jongerling has been working as a statistician in the Department of Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences since July 2021. Together with Eeske van Roekel (Developmental Psychology) he is the director of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center (TESC). Sandra (TESC project manager) talks to Joran about his interest in intensive longitudinal data, his career, and about challenges and developments in the fast-growing field of intensive longitudinal data analyses.
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2 December 2021

REFINE 2.0 – The personal network approach as part of healthcare

About one in three cancer patients will experience chronic fatigue after successful treatment. The REFINE project, which started four years ago, focuses on personal treatment of chronic cancer-related fatigue at the Helen Dowling Institute (HDI). TESC talks to Rosalie van Woezik (HDI) about the results so far, and about REFINE 2.0, a follow-up to the project in which the personal network treatment is being quantitatively tested in the HDI's daily practice.
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11 May 2021

eHealth Junior develops apps for chronically ill children

For children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, there is often more at play than the illness in itself. They may feel alone, depressed, anxious, angry, or misunderstood. These children and adolescents are more likely to develop mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. Research shows that it helps to get involved early and that it is better to prevent mental health problems than to cure them afterwards. But how do you prevent these problems among children and adolescents with chronic illnesses?
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18 March 2021

Digital Wellbeing in a Culture of Ubiquitous Connectivity

In a culture of mobile connectivity, digital well-being is a hot topic. On the one hand, mobile connectivity offers plenty of opportunities. On the other hand, it can put a lot of pressure on individuals. Mariek Vanden Abeele (Ghent University, and the Tilburg Center of Cognition and Communication) received an ERC Starting Grant for the DISCONNECT project. From the perspective that digital well-being differs for individuals and from one time to another, she builds on a dynamic pathway model of digital well-being.
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2 July 2020

Veni grant for research on maternal postnatal anxiety

During her PhD project, Marion van den Heuvel (Cognitive Neuropsychology, Tilburg University) conducted research into the influence of maternal anxiety on the child during pregnancy. She studied the effects of maternal anxiety on the baby. At that time, she saw more and more studies on the mother's brain during pregnancy, indicating that the mother's brain changes after having a first child. Marion got interested in this and wondered how the brain develops in the case of anxious mothers.
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20 August 2019

Between- and within-person differences using mixture factor analysis

In their enthusiasm about the new technological possibilities, researchers have been eagerly gathering time-intensive longitudinal data (e.g., with experience sampling methodology) without much regard of crucial measurement issues, partly because proper data-analytical tools were lacking. To close this gap, in her PhD project, Leonie V.D.E. Vogelsmeier develops a new approach for evaluating within-person changes and between-person differences in measurement models underlying participants’ answers in (time-intensive) longitudinal data.
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1 June 2019

The Proximity Project about loneliness among adolescents

Feeling different from others, having few social contacts, feeling excluded, or experiencing a lack of quality in social relations. Everyone knows the unpleasant feelings that come with loneliness, but what if you have been experiencing these feelings for a long time? Loneliness in old age is a well-known phenomenon, but that loneliness also peaks in youth is less well known. The proximity project studies loneliness among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.
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8 November 2018

PROFILES registry, the monitoring system for cancer patients

Floortje Mols, associate professor at Medical and Clinical Psychology (Tilburg University), is one of the board members of PROFILES. She has seen PROFILES grow into a large partnership between researchers from Tilburg University, the Netherlands Comprehesive Cancer Centre and hospitals from all over the Netherlands. PROFILES is a monitoring system for cancer patients. The PROFILES study does research into the quality of life among people who have or had cancer.
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Archive of projects

18 June 2020

Grow It! app to support young people during the corona crisis

Type in the keywords “young people” and “coronavirus” on Google and the articles don’t lie about it. The lockdown and accompanying measures have and have had a major impact on young people in the Netherlands. Researchers Loes Keijsers (Tilburg University), Manon Hillegers (Erasmus MC - Sophia), and Jeroen Legerstee (Erasmus MC - Sophia), together with a large research team, wanted to support young people during the corona crisis. They did this by launching the Grow It! app.
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4 November 2019

Interview with Noémi Schuurman, Methodology & Statistics

In 2017, Noémi Schuurman was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Methodology and Statistics at the Tilburg University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. With a great amount of knowledge of and experience in analyses of individual networks and intensive longitudinal data, Noémi is an asset to the School and to Tilburg Experience Sampling Center (TESC). TESC talks with Noémi about the impact of her work on the research field of experience sampling and intensive longitudinal data.
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28 November 2018

Peer Power Up! How peers get under the skin of adolescents

Researchers from Tilburg University, TNO and Twente University collaborate on setting up a study on the effects of peer relationships on adolescents' mental and physical well-being using a biopsychosocial perspective. The study will provide a deeper understanding of how the social environment contributes to adolescents’ social development and well-being, and is funded by a grant of the ‘Dutch national research agenda’ (NWO).
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11 October 2018

The REFINE project: personalized treatment for cancer-related fatigue

Researchers from the Helen Dowling Institute (HDI) and Tilburg University are collaborating in a project to explore what treatment works best for the individual cancer patient suffering from chronic fatigue. One in three cancer patients suffer from severe fatigue up till months and even years after successful treatment. As the number of cancer survivors is rapidly growing, we are in need of highly effective treatments. Currently, we do not know which of treatment is most effective for the individual patient.
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11 October 2018

Project AWeSome: Adolescents, Wellbeing & Social Media

Why is it that social media use makes some adolescents feel happy while leaving others feeling blue? University of Amsterdam-CcaM researchers Patti Valkenburg, Ine Beyens, Loes Pouwels and Irene van Driel together with Loes Keijsers of Tilburg University- Developmental Psychology- have formed an interdisciplinary collaboration to address this question.
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12 July 2018

Be a Barista: social innovations for persistent offenders

Researchers from the Mental Health Institution (GGzE) and Tranzo (Tilburg University) are cooperating in a research on the effectiveness of learning-workprojects with rehabilitation purpose for male persistent offenders. Persistent offenders are overrepresented in crime and cause a lot of social agitation and unsafety. Social innovation is needed to better suit the personal needs of this specific group to achieve successful reintegration and reduction of current high recidivism rates.
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3 July 2018

Does smartphone use affect adolescent wellbeing?

The frequent use of the label ‘smartphone addiction’ to describe teenagers’ smartphone use illustrates that are concerns in both the public and scholarly domain that some teenagers are using their phones in ways that are unhealthy and that threaten their wellbeing. Smartphone usage among teenagers is also linked to positive outcomes, however. It thus appears that the link between smartphone use and wellbeing is complex: Both smartphone use and wellbeing are dynamic and multifaceted constructs.
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28 June 2018

Assessing the Dynamics between Parenting and Adaptation in Teens

Parenting a teenage can be a challenge, and may come with eye-rolling, anger outbursts, and conflicts. In the ADAPT project, we examine how parenting contributes to or hinders wellbeing of teenagers. Also, we study how teenager’s emotional behaviors may trigger certain behavioral responses of their parents. The key-idea behind this project is to seek for how families differ in these parent-teen dynamics.
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28 June 2018

Personalized lifestyle advice to reduce anhedonia

Attention for personalized interventions has increased rapidly in the past years. Several researchers have pointed towards using ESM as a possible tool for providing insight in daily life patterns of mood. Eeske van Roekel (Developmental Psychology) developed a tailor-made lifestyle advice for anhedonic young adults, based on 30 days of experience sampling data, in collaboration with colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation at the University Medical Center Groningen.
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