Smartphone-Supported versus Full Behavioural Activation for Depression: A Randomised Controlled Trial

There is need for more cost and time effective treatments for depression. This is the first randomised controlled trial in which a blended treatment – including four face-to-face sessions and a smartphone application – was compared against a full behavioural treatment. Hence, the aim of the current paper was to examine whether a blended smartphone … Read more

Risk profiles for poor treatment response to internet-delivered CBT in people with social anxiety disorder

In social anxiety disorder co-morbid depressive symptoms as well as avoidance behaviors have been shown to predict insufficient treatment response. It is likely that subgroups of individuals with different profiles of risk factors for poor treatment response exist. We examined this in a new study that was just published in Journal of Anxiety Disorders entiled “Risk profiles … Read more

Therapists’ experiences of conducting CBT online vis-à-vis face-to-face

Today a new paper was accepted for publication. In this study we explored therapists’ experiences of conducting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) online and face-to-face. Eleven therapists partook in semi-structured interviews, which were thematically analysed using an abductive approach. The results indicate that the therapists viewed face-to-face therapy as a stronger experience than Internet-based CBT (ICBT), … Read more

Experiences of undergoing Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for procrastination: A qualitative study

Internet interventions constitute a promising and cost-effective treatment alternative for a wide range of psychiatric disorders and somatic conditions. Several clinical trials have provided evidence for its efficacy and effectiveness, and recent research also indicate that it can be helpful in the treatment of conditions that are debilitating, but not necessarily warrant more immediate care, … Read more

Who seeks internet-based treatment? Effects of recruitment source on patient demographics and clinical characteristics

Who seeks ICBT for depression and how do they get there? Effects of recruitment source on patient demographics and clinical characteristics

Studies on internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) frequently use several different sources of recruitment, yet no study has investigated whether different recruitment sources produce different clinical and demographic profiles among participants. Today we published a paper using data from a large sample (n=982) seeking ICBT for depression. We compared these characteristics on the basis of self-reported … Read more

Proof of how the brain changes after cognitive behavior therapy

Today we published a new study in the Nature journal called Translational Psychiatry (impact factor 4.360). The paper was about cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and what happens in the brain after treatment. It is known that CBT is an effective treatment for social anxiety disorder (SAD), but many patients do not respond sufficiently and a … Read more

Congratulations Hoa Ly (he is defending his PhD thesis today)

Today the psychologist and PhD student Hoa Ly will most likely receive his PhD degree. In Sweden the PhD defence is a public event. The supervisors have been Gerhard Andersson and Per Carlbring. Starting today at 13:00 at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköpings university Hoa will present his thesis. The thesis … Read more

A content analysis of client e-mails in guided internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for depression

The relationship between what a client writes when communicating with an online therapist and treatment outcome in internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) is largely unknown. The aim of our new study (published today) was to addresses if written correspondence from the client to the therapist correlate with outcome and treatment completion. A total of 29 … Read more

Email or phone? The relative impact on treatment engagement, therapeutic alliance and outcome

The impact of telephone versus e-mail therapist guidance on treatment outcomes, therapeutic alliance and treatment engagement in Internet-delivered CBT for depression

Internet-administered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT) is an effective treatment of depression, yet much remains to be learned about the specific mechanisms influencing symptom reduction. Although previous research has consistently shown that therapist-guided iCBT is more effective than unguided iCBT, it is unknown whether the medium used for therapist-client communication has an impact on results. In … Read more

Internet-based vestibular rehabilitation for adults aged 50 years and over: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Today a paper I coauthoered was published in BMJ Open. The paper is a protocol for a randomised controlled trial dealing with dizziness. Unfortunately dizziness is highly prevalent in older adults and can lead to falls, fear of falling, loss of confidence, anxiety and depression. Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) exercises are effective in reducing dizziness due … Read more