Project Lead: Prof. Dr. phil. Birgit Watzke, Dr. phil. Marie Drüge
Project Management: MSc. Louisa Jagmetti
While process-outcome research has identified several intra-session processes critical for therapy success, evidence on critical inter-session processes (ISP) – defined as therapy-related experiences and behaviours in-between sessions – is sparse. This project aims to test the effect of a smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of ISP and symptoms as an adjunct to psychotherapy in a randomized controlled design. A further aim is to investigate the dynamic interplay between ISP, intra-session processes, and outcomes by analysing intensive longitudinal data. While the overarching theoretical approach of the project is not specific to a particular type of psychotherapy or a particular mental health diagnosis, the current study works with individuals who are receiving cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression as an illustrative sample. The ISA-Bell project shall contribute to understanding the worth of EMA-based self-monitoring during psychotherapy, ISP critical for psychotherapy success and dynamics between intra-session process and ISP.
Methods: A randomized controlled trial will be conducted with 84 patients receiving CBT for depression (usual gold-standard treatment) with or without EMA. For the in-depth analyses of ISP and intra-session processes, longitudinal data will be analysed using dynamic latent class structural equation modelling.
Ethics: The study has been reviewed and approved by the cantonal ethics committee (swissethics: 2021-02335). Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05553197.
Project duration: 2022–2024
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Prof. Dr. Holger Brandt, University of Tübingen, Germany
Prof. Dr. Jamie Delgadillo, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Fredrik Falkenström, University of Linköping, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Andrew Gloster, University of Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Almut Zeeck, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany