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Investigation of the response of neural circuits in animal models of psychiatric disorders
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 28.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 28.05.2025

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Study of synaptic transmission in vitro and in vivo, using modern tools for visualizing synaptic activity, in animal models of psychiatric diseases
RISK PERCEPTION OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE: TESTING THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT RISK-COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.07.2019 - 01.05.2022
Research Focus:
  • Health Psychology
Topic:
  • Quality of Life
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Prof Peter Schulz, PhD (peter.schulz@usi.ch); Dr Roberta Galizia (roberta.galizia@usi.ch

Cooperation partners:

USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana

Project runtime:

01.07.2019 - 01.05.2022

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Regardless the potential of regulatory focus theory 1for interdisciplinary research, the theory rests underexplored by health professionals interested in sexually transmitted diseases prevention. To address this gap, the current study examines whether the different message framing (fit vs. unfit)2 between the regulatory focus (promotion vs. prevention) would lead to higher or lower risk perception of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Moreover, the study aims to test the existence of correlations between regulatory focus with obsessive and compulsive tendencies, providing a deeper explanation about risk perception of STIs.In this area of research, experimental tests of the effects of regulatory fit can improve the design of persuasive health messages and the development of effective intervention campaigns.
The role of Pre – Supplementary Motor Area (Pre-SMA) in the fluence of the speech and voluntary control and inhibition processes.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 15.02.2020 - 01.09.2024
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Mental Health
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Dr Gabriela Sequeiros Miranda de cima (gsequem@gmail.com

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

15.02.2020 - 01.09.2024

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The experimental approach will be based on brain stimulation using repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in healthy subjects. This technique is used to treat various pathologies including depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome. We will evaluate the role of the Pre-supplementary motor area and language centres using low frequency (inhibitory) and high frequency (excitatory) rTMS. The experiment will involve participants producing words following the presentation of a stimulus cue. The voluntary control and inhibition processes will also be evaluated using the Stroop task. They will be evaluated at two stages: before receiving rTMS, and during the stimulation, either, giving an excitatory and inhibitory stimulus, with the aim of comparing the changes if these occur with the baselines (status before the stimulation). The time between the presentation of the stimulus and the response of the subject will also be considered, as well as the intensity and fluency of the speech.
TMS/tDCS application in psychiatric disorders
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.04.2020 - 28.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
  • Addiction
  • Mental Health
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano.sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Prof Leonor Romero Lauro, PhD (leonor.romero1@unimib.it

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy; Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

01.04.2020 - 28.05.2025

Grants:

None

Description:

English
TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of symptomatology in psychiatric disorders (depression, OCD and addiction) and for the evalution of a better effectiveness of psychotherapy in the same psychopatology
BARBQTCM (BARiatric Basic Questionnairy for Traditional Chinese Medicine): Prospective multicenter study for evaluation of the acceptance of TCM among overweight & obese patients
BARBQTCM: Prospektive Multicenterstudie zur Evaluierung der TCM Akzeptanz bei ÜbergewichtspatientInnen
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Univ.Prof. PD Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA
Project runtime: 01.04.2017 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Acupuncture
  • Obesity & Overweight
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Traditional European & Asian Medicine
Topic:
  • Metabolic Medicine
Project leader:

Univ.Prof. PD Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA (peter.panhofer@med.sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Steffi Rothe MBA/MedOstWest Zentrum; Univ.Prof. Dr. Nicole Heussen/SFU MED; Dr. Brigitte Obermayer/KH Göttlicher Heiland; Prim. Univ.Prof. Dr. Johannes Zacherl/SFU MED, St. Josef Spital; Dr. Said Albinni/St. Josef Spital; Dr. Christoph Sperker/KH Rudolfstiftung; Dr. Martin Schermann/KH Rudolfstiftung; Prim.Univ.Prof.Dr. Alexander Klaus/KH Barmherzige Schwestern Wien; Dr. Georg Tentschert/KH Barmherzige Schwestern Wien, Prim.Dr. Franz Hoffer/KH Hollabrunn, Dr. Philipp Beckerhinn/KH Hollabrunn, Prim.Univ.Prof.Dr. Stephan Kriwanek/Donauspital, Dr. Sonja Chiapetta/Sana Klinikum Offenbach; Univ.Prof.Dr. Rudolf Weiner/Sana Klinikum Offenbach; Univ.Prof.Dr. Marco Bueter/Universitätsklinik Zürich; Priv.Doz.Dr. Christian Denecke/Universitätsklinik Charité Berlin, Dr. Benjamin Grote/ Johanniter Klinikum Bonn, KH Wesseling Bonn; Univ.Prof.Dr. Andreas Türler/Johanniter Klinikum Bonn; Univ.Prof.Dr. Christoph Jacobi/KH Wesseling Bonn; Prof.Dr. Jörg Zehetner/Klinik Beau Site Bern; Priv.Doz.Dr. Rudolf Steffen/Klinik Beau Site Bern, Dr. Andreas Melmer/Universitätsklinik Inselspital Bern; Priv.Doz.Dr. Markus Laimer/Universitätsklinik Inselspital Bern; Priv.Doz.Dr. Philipp Nett/Universitätsklinik Inselspital Bern

Project runtime:

01.04.2017 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

Keine Drittmittel

Description:

English
Introduction: Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, diabetes mellitus, liver and joint disorders, and cancer. The WHO estimates that 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight and 500 million are obese. The obesity problem is no longer limited to industrialized countries.Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of complementary medicine and has a holistic view of humans. It focuses on strengthening the affected organ systems (element earth and wood) and the reduction of pathogenic factors (moisture, phlegm, stagnation). From the point of view of TCM, all complaints and diseases are caused by an imbalance between body and soul, as well as the 5 organ systems that are also assigned to specific elements (5 element theory). The primary goal of TCM is to strengthen the immune system and restore the inner balance.For several reasons, including reduction of pharmacological treatment, TCM can make a significant contribution to health care and quality of life. The combination of conventional medicine and concomitant TCM treatment has been accepted and increasingly established in Asian culture and Western society.
Design: Prospective multicentric questionnaire study
Study cohort: 12 German-speaking D-A-CH centers: 5000 respondents
Objective: The aim of the study is to evaluate the acceptance of visitors to the obesity outpatient clinics for an accompanying TCM treatment using a questionnaire. The question is, whether the patients have already used bariatric treatments, including conventional Western and / or Complementary medicine, what kind of complaints they have, and whether they would treat them with TCM. Furthermore, the type of TCM treatments they would choose, the frequency of outpatient visits and the amount of money they would be willing to pay for various TCM therapies are evaluated. In a TCM outpatient clinic, herbal therapy prescriptions and acupuncture treatments are prescribed. In addition, training, nutritional advice and cooking classes are recommended. For the effective workflow of a TCM outpatient clinic, it is essential to evaluate the funds available to patients so that the prescribed additional therapies are actually used.
German
Einleitung: Fettleibigkeit ist ein Risikofaktor für Herzerkrankungen, Diabetes mellitus, Leber und Gelenksstörungen und Krebs. Die WHO schätzt, dass 1,5 Milliarden Menschen weltweit übergewichtig und 500 Millionen adipös sind. Das Fettleibigkeitsproblem ist nicht mehr nur auf die Industrieländer beschränkt.Die Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (TCM) ist eine Form der Komplementärmedizin und hat eine ganzheitliche Sicht auf den Menschen. Sie fokussiert auf die Stärkung der betroffenen Organsysteme (Element Erde und Holz) und der Reduktion von pathogenen Faktoren (Feuchtigkeit, Schleim, Stagnation). Aus Sicht der TCM entstehen sämtliche Beschwerden und Erkrankungen durch ein Ungleichgewicht zwischen Körper und Seele, sowie den 5 Organsystemen, die auch spezifischen Elementen zugeordnet werden (5 Elemente Theorie). Die TCM zielt primär darauf ab, das Immunsystem zu stärken und die innere Balance wieder herzustellen. Aus mehreren Gründen einschließlich Verringerung der pharmakologischen Behandlung kann TCM einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur Gesundheitspflege und zur Lebensqualität leisten. Die Kombination von konventioneller Medizin und begleitender TCM-Behandlung wurde akzeptiert und zunehmend in der asiatischen Kultur sowie in der westlichen Gesellschaft etabliert.
Design: Prospektive multizentrische Fragebogenstudie
Studienkohorte: 15 deutschsprachige D-A-CH Zentren: 5000 Befragte
Ziel: Ziel der Studie ist, die Akzeptanz von BesucherInnen / PatientInnen der Adipositas-Ambulanzen bezüglich einer begleitenden TCM Behandlung anhand eines Fragebogens zu evaluieren. Gefragt wird, ob die PatientInnen bereits bariatrische Behandlungen einschließlich konventioneller westlicher und/oder komplementärer Medizin in Anspruch genommen haben, welche Art von Beschwerden sie haben, und ob sie die mit TCM behandeln würden. Weiters wird die Art der TCM Behandlungen, die sie wählen würden, die Häufigkeit der Ambulanzbesuche und die Menge an Geld, die sie bereit wären, für verschiedene TCM-Therapien zu zahlen, evaluiert. In einer TCM-Ambulanz werden Kräutertherapie-Rezepte und Akupunkturbehandlungen verordnet. Zusätzlich werden Schulungen, Ernährungsberatungen sowie Kochkurse empfohlen. Für den effektiven Betrieb einer TCM-Ambulanz ist es wesentlich, zu evaluieren, welche Geldmittel den Ambulanz-PatientInnen zur Verfügung stehen, damit die verordneten zusätzlichen Therapien auch wirklich in Anspruch genommen werden.
BACULIFE (Bariatric ACUpuncture & LIver Fasting for Excess weight): Prospective randomised study for preoperative weight loss with acupuncture, liver fasting and meal substitution for bariatric patients
BACULIFE: Prospektiv randomisierte Studie zur präoperativen Gewichtsabnahme mithilfe von Akupunktur, Leberfasten und Mahlzeitenersatz bei bariatrischen PatientInnen
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA
Project runtime: 20.01.2019 - 30.06.2022
Research Focus:
  • Traditional European & Asian Medicine
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity & Overweight
  • Acupuncture
Topic:
  • Metabolic Medicine
Project leader:

Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA (peter.panhofer@med.sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Steffi Rothe MBA/MedOstWest Zentrum; Univ.Prof. Dr. Nicole Heussen/SFU MED; Dr. Brigitte Obermayer/KH Göttlicher Heiland; Prim. Univ.Prof. Dr. Johannes Zacherl/SFU MED, St. Josef Spital; Dr. Said Albinni/St. Josef Spital; Dr. Christoph Sperker/KH Rudolfstiftung; Martin Schermann/KH Rudolfstiftung; Prim.Univ.Prof.Dr. Alexander Klaus/KH Barmherzige Schwestern Wien; Dr. Georg Tentschert/KH Barmherzige Schwestern Wien, Prim.Dr. Franz Hoffer/KH Hollabrunn, Dr. Philipp Beckerhinn/KH Hollabrunn, Prim.Univ.Prof.Dr. Stephan Kriwanek/Donauspital, Dr. Karin Stockert/Österreichische Gesellschaft für Akupunktur, Prim.Univ.Prof.Dr. Manuela Födinger/SFU MED, Kaiser Franz Josef Spital

Project runtime:

20.01.2019 - 30.06.2022

Grants:

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Akupunktur, BODYMED

Description:

English
Introduction: Abdominal obesity, insulin resistance with diabetes mellitus 2, lipid metabolism disorders and high blood pressure form the quartet of the metabolic syndrome. Heart diseases, fatty liver, musculoskeletal disorders, depression and cancer are serious consequences of metabolic derailment. The WHO estimates that nearly 2 billion people worldwide are overweight (39% of the world's population) and 650 million are obese (13% of the world's population). Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and works by stimulating the autonomic nervous system and release of neurotransmitters in the hypothalamus and several cranial nerve nuclei. These effects could be proven in countless studies. The WHO has published a clear indication list for acupuncture and thus confirmed the effect. Liver fasting according to Dr. Worm is an essential life style measure to improve liver metabolism. This helps to reduce and maintain weight in the long term.
Design: Prospective Randomized Monocentric Study
Study cohort: 141 patients
Group A (Acupuncture & Liver fasting): 49 patients; Group B (Liver fasting): 49 patients; Group C (Control): 42 patients
Aim: The study aims to study the effect of acupuncture (body and ear acupuncture) in combination with preoperative liver fasting according to Dr. Worm with subsequent meal replacement to evaluate a weight reduction before bariatric surgery. Using objective metric parameters (body mass index - BMI, body weight, bio-impedance analysis, etc.), laboratory parameters (liver function parameters, HbA1c, etc.) and the subjective quality of life (questionnaires: WHOQOL-BREF, BAROS, BARAQOL) the effect should be reliably mapped.
German
Einleitung: Abdominelle Fettleibigkeit, Insulinresistenz mit Diabetes mellitus 2, Fettstoffwechselstörungen sowie Bluthochdruck bilden das Quartett des Metabolischen Syndroms. Herzerkrankungen, Leberverfettung, Erkrankungen des Bewegungsapparates, Depressionen und Krebs sind schwerwiegende Folgen der metablischen Entgleisung. Die WHO schätzt, dass knapp 2 Milliarden Menschen weltweit übergewichtig (39% der Weltbevölkerung) und 650 Millionen adipös (13% der Weltbevölkerung) sind.Die Akupunktur ist Teil der Traditionellen Chinesischen Medizin (TCM) und wirkt unter anderem durch Stimulation des vegetativen Nervensystem und Freisetzung von Neurotransmittern im Hypothalamus und mehreren Hirnnervenkernen. Die WHO hat eine klare Indikationsliste für die Akupunktur herausgebracht und somit die Wirkung bestätigt. Das Leberfasten nach Dr. Worm ist eine  Maßnahme, um den Leberstoffwechsel zu verbessern. Dadurch lässt sich langfristig das Gewicht reduzieren und auch halten.
Design: Prospektive randomisierte monozentrische Studie
Studienkohorte: 141 PatientInnen
Gruppe A (Akupunktur & Leberfasten): 49 Pat.; Gruppe B (Leberfasten): 49 Pat.; Gruppe C (Kontrolle): 42 Pat.
Ziel: Ziel der Studie ist, den Effekt von Akupunktur (Körper- und Ohr-Akupunktur) in Kombination mit präoperativem Leberfasten nach Dr. Worm mit nachfolgendem Mahlzeitenersatz auf eine Gewichtsreduktion vor einem bariatrischen operativen Eingriff zu evaluieren. Anhand von objektiven metrischen Parametern (Body Mass Index - BMI, Körpergewicht, Bio- Impedanz-Analysen, etc.), Laborparametern (Leberfunktionsparameter, HbA1c, etc.) und der subjektiven Lebensqualität (Fragebögen: WHOQOL-BREF, BAROS, BARAQOL) soll der Effekt zuverlässig abgebildet werden.
An exploratory study on meta-cognition, worry and anxious symptoms in children.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini; Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi
Project runtime: 01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • anxiety disorders
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
Meta-cognition refers to the “stable knowledge or beliefs about one’s own cognitive system, and knowledge about factors that affect the functioning of the system; the regulation and awareness of the current state of cognition, and appraisal of the significance of thought and memories” (Wells, 1995, p. 302). Wells and Matthews (1994, 1996) developed the self-regulatory executive function (S-REF) model in which meta-cognitive beliefs play a role in the persistence of maladaptive forms of coping (e.g. heightened self-focused attention, rumination and worry, and threat monitoring; termed the cognitive attentional syndrome - CAS), which in turn contribute to the development and maintenance of psychological disturbances and distress. Meta-cognitive beliefs can be divided in: 1) positive meta-cognitive beliefs about control strategies that impact on inner events and 2) negative meta-cognitive beliefs concerning the significance, controllability, and danger of inner events (Wells, 2000). 
Coherently with the S-REF model, meta-cognition has been investigated as a feature of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorder, and depression on adult populations (Cucchi et al., 2012; Holeva, Tarrier, &Wells, 2001; Papageorgiou & Wells, 2003). Recent studies have extended the meta-cognitive model to a different target age, evaluating its applicability to children and adolescents (Ellis & Hudson, 2010; Esbjørn, Normann, & Reinholdt-Dunne, 2015; Simons, Schneider, & Herpertz-Dahlmann, 2006).
Previous research suggests that children as young as 7 years of age endorse both positive and negative beliefs about worry, and that these beliefs are positively associated with emotional symptoms. Moreover, emerging research supports the extension of metacognitive model of anxiety to developmental age populations. Thus, studies on worry and metacognition in children affected by anxious and depressive symptoms can help in determining whether the metacognitive model can be applied to children. Moreover, no study, to our knowledge, has so far compared worry and positive/negative beliefs about worry in different types of anxiety symptoms. In addition, the role of depressive symptoms in moderating the relationship between worry/metacognition and anxiety is actually unclear. Evaluating whether metacognitive processes contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety symptoms can guide the development of specific training for the treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as the elaboration of preventive programs.
Interestingly, studies conducted on both adults and adolescents found that low emotion identification skills and emotional awareness are able to predict poor emotion regulation strategies and higher rates of anxiety/depression (Ciarrochi et al., 2008; Taylor & Bagby, 2004). Therefore, such constructs also deserve to be investigated in the present work.

The main purpose of the study is to evaluate metacognitive processes (worry and rumination) and metacognitive beliefs in children presenting different types of anxiety symptoms (somatic anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety) and depressive symptoms, considering the moderation effect of emotional status, emotional awareness and meta-emotive competence. In addition, considering the tight (and variable) relation among theory of mind, executive functions and metacognition, relevant measures assessing such abilities will be administered to children. Finally, the relationship between children’s and parents’ metacognition will be analysed.
Social skills, metacognitive abilities, prosocial behaviors in clinical and nonclinical populations of children and adolescents
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini; Dr. Marcella Caputi; Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini
Project runtime: 15.05.2020 - 15.05.2020
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • development research
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Marcella Caputi; Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

15.05.2020 - 15.05.2020

Grants:

.

Description:

English
This research project aims at investigating the development of social skills, metacognitive abilities, prosocial in typical and atypical populations. Part of this project focuses on the relationship between social skills, metacognitive abilities, prosocial behaviours and internalizing and externalizing problems in children and adolescents.
Genetic and environmental contributions to psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini; Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi
Project runtime: 01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Clinical Child- and Adolescentpsychology
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
This research project aims at investigating the role of genetic and environmental (life events, parenting, etc) contribution in explaining the variance for neuropsychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. Several methods will be used: molecular genetic analysis, behavioural genetics, psychophysiological methods.
Validation of new scales and questionnaires in the field of developmental psychology and psychopathology
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Marcella Caputi; Dr. Simona Scaini; Dr. Giovanni Michelini
Project runtime: 01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • diagnostics
Project leader:

Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Marcella Caputi; Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Giovanni Michelini 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
This research project aims at the validation of scales and questionnaires specifically created to evaluate different abilities or problems in typical and atypical populations. The scales will be translate and validate by psychometric analyses for the use in Italian population.
Resilience, trauma and mental health
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini; Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi
Project runtime: 01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • resilience
  • Clinical Child- and Adolescentpsychology
  • Psychotraumatology
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini; Dr. Marcella Caputi 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2018 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
This research project aims at investigating the complex interaction between risk and protective factors in influencing the developmental trajectories of childhood psychopathological problems. In particular, the project focuses on the role of resilience abilities in prevent the effect of stressful life events in the aetiology of psychopathological problems event and on the effect of traumatic events on the development of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Validation of scales and questionnaires on internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children and adolescents
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • diagnostics
  • Clinical Child- and Adolescentpsychology
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

.

Description:

English
This research project aims at the validation of scales and questionnaires specifically created to assess internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children and adolescents. The scales will be translate and validate by psychometric analyses for the use in Italian population.
Psychophysiological components of different domains of anxiety in childhood
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • anxiety disorders
  • Psychophysiology
  • Clinical Child- and Adolescentpsychology
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University Milan

Project runtime:

01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
The project aims at developing a non-invasive tool for recognizing and analysing emotional response in children with anxiety disorders symptoms. The project is carried out within an interacting environment that combines and integrates expertise in the field of Statistics, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Psychology. Specifically, as a final result, we aim at contributing to the research in the field of affective sciences by identifying a set of physiological indices and psychological traits/characteristics/profiles characterizing different emotional states in children affected by symptoms of anxiety disorders. This goal can be reached only by integrating data on facial expression, biosignals, clinical and demographic characteristics and using robust statistical methodology. Deriving accurate classification rules of emotional states based on all these information is crucial for improving/enhancing child’s social performances and psychosocial wellness. The identification of processes underlying the development and maintenance of deficits in these abilities is crucial not only from a diagnostic point of view and for determining trait complexity but also to improve treatment of anxiety disorders.
Genetic and environmental contributions to anxiety disorders
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • anxiety disorders
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Dr. Barbara Forresi; Dr. Marcella Caputi; Dr. Giovanni Michelini 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.01.2017 - 15.05.2025

Grants:

-

Description:

English
This research project aims at investigating the role of genetic and environmental (life events, parenting, etc) contribution in explaining the variance for anxiety phenotypes in childhood and adolescence.
The effect of desire thinking on facilitating beliefs in Alcohol Use Disorder: An experimental investigation
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Gabriele Caselli
Project runtime: 19.05.2020 - 19.05.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Addiction
Project leader:

Gabriele Caselli 

Project team:

Marcantonio Spada 

Cooperation partners:

London South Bank University, Studi Cognitivi

Project runtime:

19.05.2020 - 19.05.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The purpose of this study is to undertake a first experiment to explore the direct causal effect of desire thinking on permissive beliefs.  A recent experimental study demonstrated that the induction of desire thinking had a significant effect on craving compared to distraction across a range of addictive behaviours in a community (Caselli, Soliani & Spada, 2013) and clinical sample of patients with AUD (Caselli, Gemelli & Spada, 2017). The impact of desire thinking was independent of baseline craving. The current study extended the investigation about the effect of desire thinking on permissive belifs in a sample of social drinker and patients with AUD. In particular, we tested: (1) whether the induction of desire thinking would have a stronger effect on rate of conviction in permissive beliefs compared to a control cognitive response in the form of distraction; and (2) whether this effect would be specific for the AUD patients.
Metacognitions and pathological jelousy in romantic relationship
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Gabriele Caselli
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 31.05.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Mental Health
Project leader:

Gabriele Caselli (g.caselli@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Giorgia Tanzini 

Cooperation partners:

London South Bank University

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 31.05.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Jealousy is supported by some cardinal elements: core beliefs and rules or intermediate beliefs (on self, others and world), automatic thoughts and cognitive bias (systematic errors of thought), worry and rumination (dysfunctional coping strategies that are used in order to deal with threats of rejection, betrayal or abandonment). All these elements contribute to maintain and process the initially detected feeling of threat, amplify the importance of events, confirm fears and fix the imagination on what could happen or what we think has already happened. Furthermore, there is another cardinal element that is metacognition, a knowledge system consisting of a set of beliefs that the individual uses to evaluate his or her mental phenomena. Metacognition influences attentional resources and focuses individual's attention on specific aspects of his or her mental phenomena, creating dysfunctional processes and self-confirming circuits that help generate and maintain symptoms. The aim of the study is to investigate jealousy, metacognition and worry in romantic relationships. Questions will investigate and focus on thoughts, moods (anxiety or depression traits), jealousy and worry
Desiring Brooding and Permissive Beliefs in smokers
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Gabriele Caselli
Project runtime: 01.09.2019 - 19.05.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Addiction
Project leader:

Gabriele Caselli (g.caselli@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Giulia Maltauro 

Cooperation partners:

London South Bank University

Project runtime:

01.09.2019 - 19.05.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The experiment aims to investigate how much desiring brooding affects permissive beliefs about smoking.
The subjects will be divided into two main groups: Heavy Smokers (subjects who smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day) and Light Smokers (subjects who smoke less than 15 cigarettes a day).
Each group will be measured the permissive convictions in a baseline phase through the use of a questionnaire, then a "induction" phase will take place in which the desiring brooding will be induced to each subject.
Later in the “T1” phase the permissive convictions will be measured again through the use of the same questionnaire used in the baseline phase. Subsequently, within each main group, 3 subgroups will be created (randomly) to perform a different task.
Task 1: Smoking reasoning to convince a person to smoke
Task 2: Smoking reasoning to convince a person to quit smoking
Task 3: Reasoning on why smoking campaigns don't work.
Once the tasks are completed, the permissive beliefs will be measured in the “T2” phase. Subsequently in the “break” phase, the subjects will be able to relax. Finally, in the “T3” phase the permissive convictions will be measured again.
Desire thinking: a potential predictor of urge for compulsive behaviours
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Gabriele Caselli
Project runtime: 20.01.2019 - 30.06.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Disorder Specific Research
Project leader:

Gabriele Caselli (g.caselli@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Marco Dicugno 

Cooperation partners:

none

Project runtime:

20.01.2019 - 30.06.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of desire thinking on the urge to execute a compulsive behaviours.
Desire thinking is a voluntary cognitive process that arise when a desire for something rise in the individual consciousness.
It’s a bipolar construct consisting in an imaginal part called “imaginal prefiguration’’ and a verbal part called “verbal perseveration’’ .
We would investigate whether an exposure to desire thinking would increase the urge to execute a compulsive behaviour (hands cleaning) using some tactile and visual stimuli on the headphones in a group of a non-clinical sample of student (18-29 y/o).
The present study would shown an increase of cleaning behaviours after exposure and desire thinking induction through the observation and measurement of subjects’s behaviours.
Previous researches found that there is an association between desire thinking and compulsive behaviours, a study conducted on 180 subjects of the normal popolation, show a significant association between desire thinking and obssessive-compulsive symptoms; for these reason, we expect that subjects that will be exposed to an aversive stimuli plus induction of desire thinking will feel more urge to execute a compulsive behaviour compared to subjects that will be exposed to a distraction induction paradigm.
The development of resilience from preschool to primary school: a longitudinal study.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini, PhD.; Dr. Marcella Caputi
Project runtime: 22.04.2017 - 31.01.2020
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • resilience
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini, PhD. (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Dr. Marcella Caputi 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

none

Project runtime:

22.04.2017 - 31.01.2020

Grants:

-

Description:

English
Resilience research is nowadays undergoing a deep transformation. Recent reviews of the literature highlighted a surprising lack of information about the predictors of resilience in preschool age and developmental trajectories of resilience over time in healthy subjects. The main aim of the present study is thus to investigate potential predictors of resilience in a sample of Italian preschoolers. A sample of 100 children aged four years (attending the second year of kindergarten) will be recruited and followed for four years (until the second year of primary school). Parents will be informed about the aims of the research and will sign an informed consent in order to participate and to allow their children’s participation in the study, in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Taking into account preschoolers’ limited attention span, data will be collected on an individual basis in three different occasions by a trained experimenter. Correlates and potential predictors of resilience were selected basing on the literature review. Therefore, children's assessment will comprehend a test on resilience and the administration of tasks on theory of mind, verbal ability, executive functions, quality of life, relationship with the teacher, coping and attributional style. In order to have a clearer picture of the children's functioning, we will also administer questionnaires to teachers and parents. More specifically, teachers will complete questionnaires regarding their relationship with each child and children’s behaviour. Whereas parents will complete questionnaires on their child’s behaviour, resilience and life events, and on satisfaction with parenthood. Results of the present research will allow a better comprehension of the mechanisms underlying the gradual evolution of resilience over the transition to primary school and will constitute a basis for interventions aimed at enhancing resilience among healthy children.
WISC-IV profiles in children affected by Learning Disabilities and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 05.11.2016 - 31.12.2018
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Clinical Child- and Adolescentpsychology
Project leader:

Dr. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

05.11.2016 - 31.12.2018

Grants:

-

Description:

English
Objective

The label “Learning Disabilities” (LD) refers to an umbrella construct in which different developmental disorders are compelled. They are characterized by difficulties in one or more domains of school skills (reading, writing and arithmetic) and they can not be ascribed to the lack of education, to intellectual disabilities or sensory and/or neurological deficits. The aim of the present study, quantitative in nature, is to analyze cognitive profiles measured by the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) in an Italian speaking sample of children (7-13 years old) affected by different LD (200 children affected by Dyslexia, 200 children affected by Dysorthography, 200 children affected by Dyscalculia) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (200 children) compared to a control group. Several benefits could derive from this research line. First of all, by jointly evaluating cognitive profiles and other neuropsychological tests, a more reliable clinical tool for assessing patients’ symptomatology could be developed, thus improving assessment processes. Moreover, changes in cognitive profiles could be used as a primary measure in evaluating treatment efficacy. From a methodological point of view, our sample will include children who will refer to several diagnostic centers of developmental psychology in Italy for learning difficulties. Scores obtained in WISC-IV subtests will be compared in order to understand deficit in cognitive abilities peculiar of these diagnostic categories. The neuropsychological assessment of LD, ADHD, Cognitive Abilities and the rating of the emotional-behavioral phenotypes will be realized using standardized test. Statistical analyses, such as independent-samples t-test and chi-square test, will be used to compare both sub-tests mean scores and ipsative mean scores among our groups. Parents will be informed about the aims of the research and will sign an informed consent in order to allow their children’s participation in the study in accordance with Declaration of Helsinki.
Epidermolysis bullosa: Patient relevant outcomes and quality of life
Epidermolysis bullosa: Erhebung und Analyse von „Patient relevant outcomes“ und hilfreiche Faktoren zur Erreichung und Erhaltung von Lebensqualität
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: MMag. DDr. Gudrun Salamon
Project runtime: 01.07.2019 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
Topic:
  • Rare diseases
  • Quality of Life
Project leader:

MMag. DDr. Gudrun Salamon (gudrun.salamon@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Fanny Matschnig; Nicki Nazemi; Alexander Ruberl; Vinzenz Hübl; Laura Maar 

Cooperation partners:

Dr., Anja, Diem/DEBRA Austria; Dr., Rainer, Riedl/DEBRA Austria

Project runtime:

01.07.2019 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

DEBRA Austria

Description:

English
The definition of treatment success is highly influenced by medical criteria. However, these outcome measures fall short in the case of rare diseases, where the responsible patient can be considered as an expert for his or her individual case.
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare disease characterized by skin fragility. In this project, we focus on patient relevant outcomes of long-term medical and sociopsychological treatment for patients with EB in order to find what matters most for increasing their quality of life.
German
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) ist eine seltene, genetisch bedingte Erkrankung, welche in starker Verletzlichkeit der Haut resultiert.
Ergänzend zur bisher vornehmlich medizinisch geprägten Sichtweise von Behandlungserfolg rückt die geplante Studie den „patient relevant outcome“ in den Mittelpunkt und berücksichtigt hierbei vor allem einerseits die individuellen Konzeptionen sowie das Erleben von Lebensqualität und andererseits die Definition von und den Umgang mit Erfolg und Misserfolg von Behandlungen und dem Erkrankungsverlauf. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt soll darauf gelegt werden, was als hilfreich erlebt wurde und wird.
Mittels Interviews wird der Blick von Betroffenen, Angehörigen und professionell Tätigen als sich ergänzende und gegenseitig bereichernde Sichtweisen zusammengeführt. Die Analyse der Daten erfolgt nach dem Paradigma der Grounded Theory und ist somit praxis- und anwendungsorientiert.
Through the filter: Effects of filter apps on one's own body perception. Survey study among filter app users
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
Topic:
  • Media Use
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc. 

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The use of filter apps is especially popular among young people. The question arises to what extent the use of filter apps changes body and self perception and if so, to what extent wishes regarding plastic surgery are activated. This is to be answered in a survey study by means of self-constructed items and standardised scales for body image etc.
German
Die Nutzung von Filter-Apps ist insbesondere unter jungen Menschen sehr beliebt. Es stellt sich die Frage, inwiefern die Nutzung die Körper- und Selbstwahrnehmng verändert und wenn ja, inwiefern hier Wünsche bzgl. plastisch-chirurgischer Eingriffe aktiviert werden. Dies soll in einer Befragungsstudie mittels selbstkonstruierter Items und standardisierter Skalen zum Körperbild usw. beantwortet werden.
Consideration of (addictive) media use in psychotherapy
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • behavioural addictions
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
Topic:
  • Media Use
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc. 

Cooperation partners:

Dr. Jan van Loh, Berlin

Project runtime:

30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
In two survey studies (1. psychotherapists for adults, 2. child and youth psychotherapists) the handling and attitude of psychotherapists towards the use of digital media in therapy on the one hand and the therapeutic handling of problematic media use on the other hand are to be evaluated. The first survey study with N = 160 has already been completed and the data evaluation is ongoing. The first finding was that only about one Third of the survey therapists are collecting digital usage data of their patients in the anamnesis. There were no age, gender or therapy method specific differences.
German
In zwei Befragungsstudien (1. Psychotherapeuten für Erwachsene, 2. Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeuten) soll der Umgang mit und die Einstellung zum Einsatz  digitaler Medien  von Psychotherapeut*innen in der Therapie einerseits und andererseits der therapeutische Umgang mit problematischer Mediennutzung erfasst werden. Die erste Befragungsstudie ist mit N = 160 bereits abgeschlossen und die Datenauswertung ist im Laufen. Es zeigt sich als erster Befund, dass nur ca. ein Drittel der befragten Therapeut*innen in der Anamnese digitale Nutzungsweisen ihrer Patienten erheben. Alters-, geschlechts- und therapiemethodenspezifischen Unterschiede wurde nicht gefunden.
Psychotherapists and journalists: a survey on the attitudes of both professional groups towards each other
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.07.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy
Topic:
  • Media
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Dr. Richard Laugharne, NHS, Liskeard, UK; Dr. Rohid Shankar, Hon. Associate Clinical Professor - Exeter Medical School, UK

Project runtime:

30.07.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The aim of this project is to carry out the study "Mental health professionals and media professionals: a survey of attitudes towards one another", which was conducted in England, in Austria and Germany. For this purpose, psychotherapists on the one hand and journalists on the other hand will be interviewed about their experiences regarding cooperation. Do psychotherapists use media trainings and journalists mental health awareness trainings in order to be as well as possible prepared to do media work in the sense that there is no stigmatizing reporting about mental disorders in the media?
German
Das Ziel dieses Projekts ist es, die in England durchgeführte Studie “Mental health professionals and media professionals: a survey of attitudes towards one another“ und ihre Fragestellung ebenfalls in Österreich und Deutschland durchzuführen. Dazu werden einerseits Psychotherapeuten und andererseits Journalisten zu ihren Erfahrungen bzgl. der Zusammenarbeit befragt. Nutzen Psychotherapeuten Medientrainings und Journalisten Mental Health Awareness- Trainings, um möglichst gut darauf vorbereitet zu sein, Medienarbeit in dem Sinne zu leisten, als dass antistigmatisierend über psychische Störungen in Medien berichtet wird?
Mindset and motivation to use Serious Games in case of existing mental disorders
Einstellungen und Nutzungsbereitschaft zu Serious Games bei psychischen Störungen
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • E-Mental Health
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg (eichenberg@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Gloria Grabmayer 

Cooperation partners:

u.a. Dr. N. Green, Freie Universität Berlin

Project runtime:

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
In the information age, the importance of media applications is increasing steadily. Internet and mobile media are currently in a phase of establishment to support people suffering from mental disorders. Modern media applications like virtual reality and serious games are in an experimentation phase. A first review (Eichenberg & Schott, under review) has shown encouraging results for this new field. Positive therapeutic effects, especially with children suffering from mental disorders (e.g.: anxiety disorders, depression, ADHS, impulse control disorders) could by achieved by applying serious games applications.


Project objectives:
Supply and demand shall be compared in a follow-up study. Meaning: how is the mindset and motivation to use serious games in case of mental disorders on a) patient-side b) therapist-side?
This study’s background is the necessity to gain insights about mindset and motivation to use serious games in general (development of games is only useful, if demanded) on the one hand. On the other hand we need to examine the existing specific parameters standing against the mindset to use serious games. Consequently, patient groups with positive mindset to use serious games can be addressed directly and barriers for patient groups with negative mindsets can be reduced. Situation with therapists is identical. Equivalent studies, e.g.: internet-based interventions have proven to be useful (see: Eichenberg, Wolters & Brähler, 2013).Accordingly, an online-survey with both groups is carried out at SFU Vienna and FU Berlin. The survey explores sociodemographic parameters like: general media use, mindset to use serious games in case of mental disorders, preferred attributes of serious games, application ranges, associated advantages/disadvantages for the therapeutic process. The exploration of mindsets will be conducted firstly in Austria and german-speaking countries and as a next step the exploration and evaluation will be carried out on International level.


Publications
Eichenberg, C., Grabmayer, G., & Green, N. (under review). A survey of therapists’ and patients’ attitudes towards serious games in psychotherapy.Eichen­berg, C., Küsel, C. & Sin­delar, B. (2016). Com­pu­ter­spiele im Kindes- und Jugend­al­ter: Geschlechts­spe­zi­fi­sche Unter­schiede in der Prä­fe­renz von Spiel-Genres, Spiel­an­for­de­run­gen und Spiel­fi­gu­ren und ihre Bedeu­tung für die Kon­zep­tion von Serious Games. merz | medien + erzie­hung, Zeit­schrift für Medi­en­päd­ago­gik, 6, 97–109.
German
Medienanwendungen spielen im heutigen Informationszeitalter auch in der Psychotherapie eine zunehmend größere Rolle. Während sich Internet und mobile Medien in der Versorgung psychischer Störungen bereits in der Etablierungsphase befinden, wird auch mit anderen modernen Medien wie Virtuell-Reality-Anwendungen und ganz aktuell auch mit so genannten Serious Games experimentiert. Ein erstes Review (Eichenberg & Schott, under review) zeigt für dieses neue Praxis- und Forschungsfeld ermutigende Befunde. Es zeigte sich, dass für verschiedene psychische Störungen (z.B. Angststörungen, Depression, ADHS, Impulskontrollstörungen) vor allem bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Serious Games gute therapeutische Effekte erreicht werden konnten.

Projektziele:
In einer weiteren Studie soll der Angebots- die Nachfrageseite gegenüber gestellt werden. Das heißt: Wie hoch ist die Nutzungsbereitschaft von Serious Games bei psychischen Störungen unter a) Patienten und b) Therapeuten?
Hintergrund dieser Studie ist die Notwendigkeit, Kenntnisse über die Inanspruchnahmebereitschaft dieser beider Gruppen im Allgemeinen zu erlangen (denn nur bei einer grundsätzlichen Bereitschaft ist die weitere Entwicklung von entsprechenden Spielen sinnvoll), und zum anderen spezifische Parameter herauszuarbeiten, die der Nutzungsbereitschaft evtl. entgegenstehen. So können beispielsweise Patientengruppen mit hoher Inanspruchnahmebreitschaft gezielt angesprochen werden und für solche mit niedriger Bereitschaft Strategien entwickelt werden, Barrieren abzubauen. Gleiches gilt für die Gruppe der Therapeuten. Äquivalente Erhebungen, z.B. zu Internetbasierten Interventionsprogrammen, haben sich so für die Implementierung von E-Mental Health Angeboten schon als sehr nützlich erwiesen (siehe Eichenberg, Wolters & Brähler, 2013).Daher wird aktuell an der SFU Wien gemeinsam mit der Freien Universität in Berlin eine Online-Befragungsstudie an beiden Gruppen durchgeführt. Erhoben werden neben soziodemografischen Parametern u.a. die allgemeine Mediennutzung, Grundeinstellungen zu Serious Games für psychische Störungen, gewünschte Merkmale von Serious Games, Einsatzbereiche sowie assoziierte Vor- und Nachteile für den therapeutischen Prozess. Diese Einstellungen sollen zunächst für Österreich und weitere deutschsprachige Räume, dann aber auch im internationalen Vergleich erhoben und ausgewertet werden.

Publikationen
Eichenberg, C., Grabmayer, G., & Green, N. (under review). A survey of therapists‘ and patients‘ attitudes towards serious games in psychotherapy.Eichen­berg, C., Küsel, C. & Sin­delar, B. (2016). Com­pu­ter­spiele im Kindes- und Jugend­al­ter: Geschlechts­spe­zi­fi­sche Unter­schiede in der Prä­fe­renz von Spiel-Genres, Spiel­an­for­de­run­gen und Spiel­fi­gu­ren und ihre Bedeu­tung für die Kon­zep­tion von Serious Games. merz | medien + erzie­hung, Zeit­schrift für Medi­en­päd­ago­gik, 6, 97–109.