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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.
Attitudes towards E-Mental Health applications: A survey among psychotherapists in training
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:
  • Online-Counseling
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc. 

Cooperation partners:

Dr. Allegra Cattani, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth; Greta Riboli, MSc, SFU Milano

Project runtime:

30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Digitilisation is not only a topic of everyday life that is becoming increasingly important. Psychotherapists are also more often confronted with it in the health sector and thus in psychotherapy. However, nothing is yet known about how psychotherapy trainees feel about integrating digital media into their treatment.
Therefore, the aim of the survey is to ascertain the attitudes of psychotherapy trainees towards towards e-mental health applications. The study includes a country comparison (AT, D, UK, IT).
German
Die Einstellungen zu E-Mental Health Anwendungen von Psychotherapeuten in Ausbildung werden im Ländervergleich (AT, D, UK, IT) erfasst.
Psychosomatic aspects of dentistry
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
  • Dental Medicine
Topic:
  • dental phobia
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

none

Project runtime:

30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Various studies highlight psychosomatic aspects in dentistry. For example, the access of students of dental medicine to dental phobia is investigated (screening of their own fear, openness regarding further education in psychological aspects) or the psychosomatic problems of patients in the outpatient clinic for dentistry of the SFU are documented. In a third study, patient-related selection criteria for choosing a particular dentist are collected.
German
Verschiedene Studien beleuchten psychosomatische Aspekte in der Zahnmedizin. So wird z.B. der Zugang von Zahnmedizinstudierenden zur Zahnbehandlungsphobie untersucht (Screening der eigenen Angst, Offenheit bzgl. Weiterbildung in psychologischen Aspekten) oder auch die psychosomatischen Probleme von Patienten im Ambulatorium für Zahnmedizin der SFU dokumentiert. In einer dritten Studie werden patientenbezogene Auswahlkriterien sich für einen bestimmten Zahnarzt zu entscheiden, erhoben.
Eating disorders and media use: On the influence of TV, print media and the Internet
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.09.2018 - 01.02.2020
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:

30.09.2018 - 01.02.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Background and Purpose: Eating disorders are serious high-prevalence diseases with considerable psychological but also physical side effects for those affected. It can be assumed that the use of different media is a factor in the aetiopathogenesis and influences the body image.
Methods: This hypothesis will be tested by a systematic literature review with a focus on TV, print media and various internet services.
German
Hintergrund u. Fragestellung: Essstörungen sind schwerwiegende hochprävalente Erkrankungen mit beträchtlichen psychischen aber auch physischen Begleiterscheinungen für die Betroffenen. Dabei ist davon auszugehen, dass die Nutzung verschiedener Medien einen Faktor in der Ätiopathogenese darstellt und hier v.a. Einfluss auf das Körperbild nimmt.
Methode: Diese Hypothese wird durch eine systematische Literaturrecherche geprüft mit dem Fokus auf TV, Printmedien und verschiedene Internetdienste.
iFEMPOWER: Interactive and mentorship based FEMale emPOWERment in the field of entrepreneurship
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr.in Erzsébet Fanni Tóth, MA
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 30.08.2021
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
Topic:
  • Gender Research
Project leader:

Dr.in Erzsébet Fanni Tóth, MA (erzsebet.toth@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

HÉTFA (HU), Andalucía Emprende (ES), Oneco Consulting S.L. (ES); Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovaçao (PT); Bifröst University (IS); Corvinus University of Budapest (HU), Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (RO), Steinbeis GmbH & Co.KG für Technologietransfer (DE), Lean in Femspace (AT), PONT Group (RO), Icelandic Directorate of Labour (IS).

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 30.08.2021

Grants:

Erasmus+

Description:

English
iFEMPOWER aims to empower female students to get engaged in entrepreneurship by reinforcing their high-level & transversal skills needed for self-employment. The project addresses the lack of entrepreneurial motivation & attitude among the young&the gender gap in entrepreneurship. There are further challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, i.e. the lack of equal access to capital & to training, access to networks for business purposes, the need of reconciling business & family. The lack of supportive environment&financial background, & the specific social&cultural attitudes towards women entrepreneurs negatively affect the entrepreneurial spirit too. Due to various reasons (lack of cooperation between HEIs&businesses) students often do not receive competitive knowledge valuable at the labour market. Creative&innovative learning environments are also missing.Thus, the objectives are:
  • empowering potential female entrepreneurs among HEI students from any fields to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills (both soft & hard) to launch their successful entreprises,
  • developing innovative tools, educational & training methods for the empowerment of female entrepreneurs in HEIs,
  • promoting entrep. mindset, making entrep. attractive for youth & raising awareness on the importance of improving conditions of female entrep. by building a strong network among HEI & business.
iFEMPOWER gathers important organizations from the knowledge triangle: 4 HEIs, 3 business actors, 1 business support org. & the Coordinator being a private research organization building a bridge between the academy & business sector. The partnership represents a good geographical coverage of countries with different scientific&entrepreneurial background. Activities will be carried out in strong cooperation implemented by online & 7 personal meetings to ensure the quality&relevance of outputs. During its 3 years, iFEMPOWER will realize interlinked activities.
  • First a research will be carried out on female entrepreneurs & females in SMEs throughout Europe through interviews with stakeholders&survey.
  • A curriculum & teaching material of an international module will be developed & tested at HEIs which can be accomplished by students from any fields. It will focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills to address market labour needs & to provide strategies, critical thinking & problem solving skills once students will face challenges as female entrepreneirs.
  • The courses will be backed by a tailor-made mentorship programme: entrepreneurs will be involved in coaching students to get background knowledge on the usual hindrances of being female entrepreneur & their potential solutions.
  • Students with best business idea after each semester will have the opportunity to take part at intensive study programmes where their idea will be further developed to attract investors.
  • Each PP will set up female entrepreneurship support points to provide personal counselling for anyone interested in women entrepreneurship.
  • iFEMPOWER will develop an online toolkit to provide specific suggestions to visitors’ problems. Lastly iFEMPOWER will monitor & assess all activities & prepare a final study, highlighting the transferable practices & formulating policy recommendations.
  • Through multiplier events in PT, ES, DE, RO &HU this will support that outcomes will be channelled into the relevant stakeholders.
 All activities & outputs will be publicly available at www.ifempower.eu & Erasmus+ pages & built in the organization’s general responsibilities thus sustained after the project’s lifetime. Outputs will be able to be introduced by other countries & organizations. These actions will enable that appr. 120 students will get familiarized with female entrepreneurship & get high-level, transversal & case solving skills to launch their own entrepreneurship. HEIs will get into an intensive cooperation with partners from the business sphere helping them to develop an international curriculum & teaching material which includes non-formal education, interactive work, mentorship & brings them closer to answer the needs of labour market. Min. 12 teachers will be trained to teach the iFEMPOWER module by raising their skills too. 40 SMEs & entrepreneurs involved in the mentorship will get in touch with students by establishing long-term cooperation with them. Students will work with mentors & start to build up the necessary network for their businesses. The online toolkit & the support points will address a broaden number of persons by giving counselling.On the long-run iFEMPOWER will contribute to grow the number of female entrepreneurs, esp. supporting women to overcome challenges they face. Findings summarized in policy recommendations channelled to stakeholders (70 from business, 50 from governance) will enable the improvement of business&educational environment for female entrepreneurs & policy changes in HEI, entrepreneurship, business support fields.
„Fit for Life. live. alcohol-free“ litary price. writing as transformation process.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr.in Ass.Prof.in Kathrin Mörtl
Project runtime: 01.08.2020 - 01.08.2021
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr.in Ass.Prof.in Kathrin Mörtl (katrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Mag.a Birgitta Schiller (birgitta.schiller@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Verein „Fit for Life –Literaturpreis“ (Hr. Neuhold, Prof. David)

Project runtime:

01.08.2020 - 01.08.2021

Grants:

Anträge in Planung

Description:

English
The FIT FOR LIVE - literature price (www.fitforlife-literatur.at) has been awarded since 2017. The access and effects of literary writing are analyzed using qualitative interviews.

Through the Covid-19 crisis the research project will be prosponed for an indefinite period.
German
Seit 2017 wird jährlich der FIT FOR LIFE - LITERATURPREIS vergeben (www.fitforlife-literatur.at). Anhand von qualitativen Interviews wird der Zugang und die Auswirkungen des literarischen Schreibens analysiert. 

Durch die CoVid-19 Kriste verschiebt sich das Forschungsprojekt von März 2020 auf unbestimmte Zeit.
Desire to have children, birth
Kinderwunsch
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
Topic:
  • fertility
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, MSc. (lisa.huebner@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

none

Project runtime:

30.09.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Family patterns are becoming increasingly pluralized. A survey of "single mothers by choice" will systematically investigate their motives as well as various aspects on their way to becoming a mother without a partner. One aspect is the social support experienced in online forums.Forums are also used in the course of birth preparation. The chances and risks of online birth reports are worked out in a content analysis
German
Familienformen pluralisieren sich zunehmend. Ein einer Befragung von „Single Mother by choice“ werden ihre Motive sowie verschiedene Aspekte auf ihrem Weg, bewusst ohne Partner Mutter werden zu wollen, systematisch erhoben. Ein Aspekt ist dabei die erlebte soziale Unterstützung in Online-Foren.Foren werden auch im Zuge der Geburtsvorbereitung genutzt. In einer inhaltsanalytischen Untersuchung werden Chancen und Risiken von Online-Geburtsberichten heraus gerabeitet.
Trust in health-apps
Vertrauen in Gesundheitsapps
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr.in; Univ. Prof Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 18.04.2020 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
Topic:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Project leader:

Dr.in; Univ. Prof Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc 

Cooperation partners:

University of Plymouth, School of Psychology, Dr. Alison Bacon, Louise Crichton, BSc

Project runtime:

18.04.2020 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Support systems based on artificial intelligence (AI) are finding their way into everyday life. Especially in medicine, robots, diagnostic tools and applications for chronic diseases and mental health are becoming increasingly important. However, for most people many aspects of AI based on machine learning are still "black boxes", which means that AI can trigger negative emotions in personally relevant areas. Lack of traceability as well as negative emotions contribute to problems of trust and acceptance when using AI-based systems - especially in health applications these aspects play an important role. 
Question: What are predictors of trust in AI health applications?
Methods: Three examples of health applications (GA) with AI from the areas "diagnostic tool" "psyche" and "chronic disease" were used. Based on the current state of research, the following factors influencing trust were examined using standardised scales: Personality (BFI-10), general trust in technologies, affinity for technology (ATI), health-related quality of life (SF-36), hypochondria (Whiteley Index) and general privacy concerns (CFIP).In an online study, the normal population in German-speaking countries and in the UK was surveyed. Country-specific similarities and differences are to be analysed. In the further course of the study, an equivalent survey of doctors will be conducted.
German
Unterstützungssysteme basierend auf künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) halten Einzug in den Alltag. Vor allem in der Medizin gewinnen Roboter, Diagnosetools sowie Applikationen für chronische Erkrankungen u. mentale Gesundheit immer mehr an Bedeutung. Jedoch sind für die meisten Menschen viele Aspekte von KI die auf maschinellem Lernen beruhen immer noch „Black Boxes“, was bedingt, dass KI für persönlich relevante Bereiche negative Emotionen auslösen kann. Mangel an Nachvollziehbarkeit sowie negative Emotionen tragen zu Vertrauens- u. Akzeptanzproblemen im Einsatz KI-gestützter Systeme bei - gerade bei Gesundheitsanwendungen spielen diese Aspekte eine bedeutende Rolle. 
Fragestellung: Was sind Prädiktoren für Vertrauen bezüglich KI-Gesundheitsanwendungen?
Methode: Es wurden drei Beispiele für Gesundheitsanwendungen (GA) mit KI aus den Bereichen „Diagnosetool“ „Psyche“ u. „Chronische Erkrankung“ herangezogen. Ausgehend vom bisherigen Forschungsstand wurden folgende Einflussfaktoren auf das Vertrauen anhand standardisierter Skalen überprüft: Persönlichkeit (BFI-10), allgemeines Vertrauen in Technologien, Technikaffinität (ATI), gesundheitsbezogene Lebensqualität (SF-36),Hypochondrie (Whiteley Index) u. allgemeine Privatsphärebedenken (CFIP).
Es wurde in einer Online-Studie die Normalbevölkerung im deutschsprachigen Raum sowie in UK befragt. Länderspezifische Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede sollen analysiert werden.Im weiteren Verlauf soll eine äquivalente Befragung an ÄrztInnen durchgeführt werden.
Social Media Addiction, Personality and Commitment Style
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in, Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.10.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
  • behavioural addictions
Topic:
  • Internet addiction
  • relationship
Project leader:

Dr. in; Univ. Prof. in, Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

none

Project runtime:

30.10.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
While a separate series of studies has already proven the connection between Internet addiction or smartphone addiction and insecure attachment style, it will now be investigated whether this connection can also be replicated for social media addiction.
German
Während in einer eigenen Studienserie bereits der Zusammenhang zwischen Internetsucht bzw. Smartphonesucht und unsicheren Bindungsstil belegt wurde, soll nun untersucht werden, ob sich dieser Zusammenhang auch für die Social Mediasucht replizieren lässt.
Robotics in psychotherapy and psychosomatics
Robotik in der Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Univ.Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 21.06.2018 - 21.06.2020
Research Focus:
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
  • Sexuality
Topic:
  • robotics
Project leader:

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

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc. 

Cooperation partners:

Studierende; Univ. des Saarlandes; Dr. Nikos Green, Berlin

Project runtime:

21.06.2018 - 21.06.2020

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
Robotics as an interdisciplinary field of research is also relevant for psychotherapeutic and psychiatric approaches due to the possibilities of human-machine interactions. In a comprehensive research project, these latest applications in the field of e-mental health will be empirically investigated (e.g. systematic review, survey about the acceptance of AI applications among physicians and patients, attitudes towards sex robotics in the population and among sex therapists as a potential therapeutic tool).
German
Robotik als interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld ist vor allem aufgrund der Möglichkeiten, die Mensch-Maschine-Interaktionen bieten, auch von Relevanz für psychotherapeutische und psychiatrische Ansätze. In einem umfassenden Forschungsprojekte sollen diese neuesten Anwendungen im Bereich von E-Mental empirisch untersucht werden (u.a. system. Review, Befragung von Ärzten und Patienten zu Vertrauen in KI-Anwendungen, Einstellungen zu Sex-Robotik in der Bevölkerung sowie unter Sexualtherapeuten als potenzielles therapeutisches Tool).
Trauma and digital media: therapeutic possibilities and dangers
Trauma und digitale Medien: therapeutische Möglichkeiten und Gefahren
Project status: Running
Faculty: Medicine
Project leader: Univ.Prof; Dr. Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 30.07.2019 - 18.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
  • E-Mental-Health and digital media
  • Psychotherapy
Topic:
  • Psychotraumatology
Project leader:

Univ.Prof; Dr. Christiane Eichenberg 

Project team:

Lisa Hübner, M.Sc. 

Cooperation partners:

University of Plymouth, Sunny Malone, BSc

Project runtime:

30.07.2019 - 18.04.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
In a series of studies it will be examined how digital media can be used in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of psychotraumatic disorders. At the same time, however, the use of digital media also carries the risk of being exposed to potentially traumatic situations. One of the studies will examine the extent to which virtual assaults in online games lead to "real" trauma. Another study will investigate the prevalence of "cyber-dating abuse" experiences among students in the UK, Austria and Germany.
German
In einer Studienserie wird beleuchtet, wie digitalen Medien in Prävention, Behandlung und Rehabilitation psychotraumatischer Erkrankungen Anwendung finden können. Gleichzeitig birgt die Nutzung digitaler Medien aber auch die Gefahr, potenziell traumatischen Situationen ausgesetzt zu sein. So wird beispielsweise in einer Studie untersucht, inwiefern virtuelle Übergriffe in Online-Spielen zu „realen“ Traumatisierungen führen. Ebenso wird die Prävalenz von „Cyber-dating abuse“-Erfahrungen unter Studierenden in UK, Österreich und Deutschland untersucht.
Study on quality assurance at the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic of the Sigmund Freud University
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: MMag. Lisa Winter
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 31.03.2021
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Research
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
  • Quality Management
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

MMag. Lisa Winter (lisa.winter@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Prof. Alfred Uhl (alfred.uhl@sfu.ac.at); Catherine Dapeci (cathi.dapeci@hotmail.com

Cooperation partners:

Psychotherapeutische Ambulanz der Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 31.03.2021

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
At the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic of the Sigmund Freud Private University there are about 1200 ongoing therapies and 200 student therapists working under supervision. Due to the high demand and the lack of psychotherapeutic care in Vienna, the waiting times can extend for months. So how and why do patients working with aspiring and motivated psychotherapy trainees decide to quit therapy? Collecting the patient’s feedback and perceptions are vital for the provision of constructive feedback for the university and its psychotherapeutic schools. As this evaluation project investigates an outpatient clinic where psychotherapy trainees are working, factors such as experience, age and level of education of the students are not of interest as they are recognised as defining factors of the institution. Rather, the focus is placed on the various impressions of the patients who discontinued their therapy at the outpatient clinic.
Life and work of Robert Glücksmann
Leben und Wirken von Robert Glücksmann
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Alexandre Panosso Netto
Project runtime: 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Medical Anthropology
Topic:
  • Tourism Science
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Panosso Netto (panosso@usp.br

Project team:

Prof. Dr. Felix Tomillo Noguero †; Mag. Dr Margret Jaeger (margret.jaeger@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Prof. Dr. Alexandre, Panosso Netto/Universidade de Sao Paulo; Prof. Dr. Felix, Tomillo Noguero †

Project runtime:

01.01.2012 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

im Moment ohne Finanzierung

Description:

English
The project was developed after a similiar research project of Alexandre Panosso Netto, who´s mentor was Felix Tomillo Noguero, who died in 2014.
It presents the life and work of the German-Jewish tourism scientist Robert Glücksmann, who died 1942 in concentration camp Theresienstadt due to Parkinson disease. Due to different reasons this scientist is internationally not well known. The presentation of his work contributes to rewrite the history of tourism science.
One article was already published in 2014 in Portuguese. The book will be published in 2020.
German
Das Projekt entstand aus einer vorherigen Forschungsarbeit von Prof. Panosso Netto, dessen Mentor Prof. Tomillo Noguero war, der 2014 verstorben ist. Es bearbeitet das Leben und die Werke des deutsch-jüdischen Tourismuswissenschafters Robert Glücksmann, welcher 1942 in Theresienstadt an den Folgen einer Parkinsonerkrankung starb. Der Wissenschafter ist international aus verschiedenen Gründen nur eingeschränkt bekannt. Die Bekanntmachung seiner Arbeiten leistet jedoch einen Beitrag zur Neuschreibung der Geschichte der Tourismuswissenschaft. Eine Publikation dazu erschien bereits 2014 auf Portugiesisch. Das Buch erscheint 2019.