Does Internet based guided-self-help for depression cause harm?

Almost nothing is known about potential negative effects of Internet-based psychological treatments for depression. In a new study, that was just accepted for publication in Psychological Medicine we aimed at investigating deterioration and its moderators within randomised trials on Internet-based guided self-help interventions for adult depression, using an individual patient data meta-analyses (IPDMA) approach. Studies … Read more

Therapist behaviours in internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) for depressive symptoms

In a paper we published today we stat that Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) is efficacious for treating depression. However, therapist guidance has been identified as important for favourable outcomes. Yet, We have only limited knowledge about the fundamental components of therapist guidance in ICBT. The purpose of this new study was to systematically examine … Read more

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

Experiential Avoidance and Rumination in Parents of Children on Cancer Treatment

This week we published a new study in Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study to investigate whether there is a relationship between experiential avoidance, rumination, post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and symptoms of depression, in parents of children on cancer treatment.   Data from 79 parents (55 mothers) of … Read more

Predictors of treatment dropout in self-guided web-based interventions for depression: An individual patient data meta-analysis

Dropout can be predicted by several variables and is not randomly distributed. This knowledge may inform tailoring of online self-help interventions to prevent dropout in identified groups at risk.

It is well known that web-based interventions can be effective treatments for depression. However, dropout rates in web-based interventions are typically high, especially in self-guided web-based interventions. Rigorous empirical evidence regarding factors influencing dropout in self-guided web-based interventions is lacking due to small study sample sizes. In a new paper published in Psychological Medicine we … Read more

Treating Major Depression with Physical Activity: A Systematic Overview with Recommendations


Today a newly accepted paper became accessible online. It is a part of a forthcoming special issue on Exercise in the Treatment on Anxiety-Related and Depressive Disorders. Guest editors are Gordon Asmundson, Mike Powers and Jasper Smits. In total there will be ten papers: Running as Interoceptive Exposure for Decreasing Anxiety Sensitivity: Replication and Extension … 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

Experiences of a guided smartphone-based behavioral activation therapy for depression: A qualitative study

Recently, a number of studies have investigated treatments administered via smartphones showing that this treatment format have a potential to be effective. However, we still have limited knowledge of how patients experience this treatment format. The objective of this study was to explore participants’ views of a smartphone-based behavioral activation treatment. In-depth interviews were conducted … 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