The efficacy of app‐supported smartphone interventions for mental health problems: a meta‐analysis

Today we published a new paper in World Psychiatry (impact factor = 34). Although impressive progress has been made toward developing empirically‐supported psychological treatments, the reality remains that a significant proportion of people with mental health problems do not receive these treatments. Finding ways to reduce this treatment gap is crucial. Since app‐supported smartphone interventions … Read more

Consequences of ignoring therapist effects in trials with longitudinal data: A simulation study

Psychotherapy trials frequently generate multilevel longitudinal data with 3 levels. This type of hierarchy exists in all trials in which therapists deliver the treatment and patients are repeatedly measured. Unfortunately, researchers often ignore the possibility that therapists could differ in their performance and instead assume there is no difference between therapists in their average impact … Read more

Negative effects in psychotherapy: Commentary and recommendations for future research and clinical practice

In a new paper, just published in the open access version of British Journal of Psychiatry, we present a commentary on the current understanding and give future research directions of negative effects in psychotherapy. Including what to do in clinical practice. The authors, are quite an impressive group of people (if I may say so … Read more

Brief acceptance and commitment therapy for psychotic inpatients: A randomized controlled feasibility trial in Sweden

Psychiatric inpatient care in Sweden is often described as lacking in content other than medication and mere containment. In an attempt to increase structured psychological content in the ward context, this study aims to investigate whether a brief form of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a feasible addition to standard care for psychotic inpatients. … Read more

Group versus Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for procrastination

Today a new paper entitled “Group versus Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for procrastination: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial” was accepted. Procrastination is defined as a voluntarily delay of an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse-off for the delay, and is considered a persistent behavior pattern that can result in major psychological … Read more

Encouraging results in a new study on mindfulness treatment of anxiety disorders

Mindfulness-based interventions have proven effective for the transdiagnostic treatment of heterogeneous anxiety disorders. So far, no study investigated the potential of mindfulness-based treatments when delivered remotely via the Internet. In a trial that was just published the aim was at evaluating the efficacy of a stand-alone, unguided, Internet-based mindfulness treatment programme for anxiety. Methods Ninety-one … Read more