Research partners and projects
Over 30 universities and institutions have conducted research using our digital health platform, and we're a technical partner in several research projects. Here, we highlight a few of these studies and validation projects. If you're interested to know more about any of the research conducted with our platform, please let us know.
- Acquired brain injury and insomnia
- Online Tics: Training
Living with physical complaints
Dutch mental health institution GGZ Breburg is preparing a study on the module ‘Grip op een leven met lichamelijke klachten’ (Getting to grips with living with physical complaints).
Dealing with aggression
Hanneke Kip is a PhD student at the Dutch University of Twente and at Transfore, forensic care institution. She researches the effectiveness of the module ‘Omgaan met agressie’ (Dealing with aggression).
Read more about Hanneke Kip and this research.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: From complaint to resilience
Tim Batink is the Dutch developer of the validated method 'ACT: Van Klacht naar Veerkracht' (From complaint to resilience). Together with Minddistrict, he developed the method into a guided ehealth module. Currently, research is being conducted through the Open University on the effectiveness of this module.
Mind-RENA is a fully digital and guided German aftercare programme that supports people after their psychosomatic rehabilitation course has ended. The programme consists of the Mind-RENA module and online moments of contact with a supervising therapist. Developed by clinical experts and patients together, the programme is currently being studied for effectiveness in an RCT.
In 2023, we started an RCT on the effectiveness of our German DiGA module 'Mein Wegbegleiter'.
An RCT on the module Mindresolve module was completed in 2017.
- Topper, M., Emmelkamp, P. M., Watkins, E., & Ehring, T. (2017). Prevention of anxiety disorders and depression by targeting excessive worry and rumination in adolescents and young adults: A randomised controlled trial. Behaviour research and therapy, 90, 123–136.
- Or read the online publication
A second RCT on MindReSolve was completed in 2019, by the name of RESPOND.
- Cook, L., Mostazir, M., & Watkins, E. (2019). Reducing Stress and Preventing Depression (RESPOND): Randomized Controlled Trial of Web-Based Rumination-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for High-Ruminating University Students. Journal of medical Internet research, 21(5), e11349.
- Or read the online publication
ACTonDiabetes is a German intervention, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Ulm University set up a randomised study in which participants followed a guided self-help intervention or were wait-listed in the control group.
The study was completed in 2021:
- Bendig, E., Bauereiss, N., Schmitt, A., Albus, P., & Baumeister, H. (2021). ACTonDiabetes-a guided psychological internet intervention based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for adults living with type 1 or 2 diabetes: results of a randomised controlled feasibility trial. BMJ open, 11(7), e049238.
- Or read it digitally, BMC journals
Acquired brain injury and insomnia
The Dutch rehabilitation organisation Heliomare developed the module ‘NAH en slaap-waakproblemen' (Acquired brain injury and insomnia). They investigated its efficacy through an RCT that was published in 2022.
- Ford, M. E., Geurtsen, G. J., Groet, E., Rambaran Mishre, R. D., Van Bennekom, C., & Van Someren, E. (2022). A blended ehealth intervention for insomnia following acquired brain injury: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of sleep research, e13629.
- You can read the study online in the Journal of sleep research
The Dutch i-Sleep module was developed and researched by staff from the Department of Clinical Psychology at the VU University of Amsterdam. It is available for Minddistrict customers to use (in Dutch).
- Dozeman, E., van Straten, A., van Genugten, C. R., & van Schaik, D. J. F. (2019). Begeleide web-based interventie voor slaapproblemen (I-Sleep) bij patiënten met een depressie in de ambulante gespecialiseerde ggz: Een pilotstudie (Guided web-based intervention for sleeping problems (I-Sleep) in depressed patients within outpatient specialist mental health care: A pilot study). Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 61(10), 683–691.
- Or read the study in Dutch on the website of VU University Amsterdam
Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving for Emotional Intensity (STEPPS-EI) is a practical, evidence-based intervention for people who experience difficulties managing intense emotions. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) developed a digital group intervention for blended use, which they then researched on effectiveness. The intervention is available on the Minddistrict ehealth platform. Read more about the STEPPS-EI intervention and our partnership with SPFT on this project.
- Barber, W., Apps, F., Strauss, C., Startup, H., & Couche, J. (2021). Subthreshold personality disorder: How feasible is treatment in primary care? The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, E12.
- Or read the article online in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
- The study on the efficacy of the online intervention can be read at Procedia Computer Science
2014 saw the publication of the RCT on the effectiveness of blended use of our Depression module.
- Kooistra, L. C., Wiersma, J. E., Ruwaard, J., van Oppen, P., Smit, F., Lokkerbol, J., Cuijpers, P., & Riper, H. (2014). Blended vs. face-to-face cognitive behavioural treatment for major depression in specialised mental health care: Study protocol of a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 290.
Online Tics: Training
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) developed and researched a (German) module for people with tic disorder using the Minddistrict content management system.
- Haas, M., Jakubovski, E., Kunert, K., Fremer, C., Buddensiek, N., Häckl, S., Lenz-Ziegenbein, M., Musil, R., Roessner, V., Münchau, A., Neuner, I., Koch, A., & Müller-Vahl, K. (2022). ONLINE-TICS: Internet-Delivered Behavioral Treatment for Patients with Chronic Tic Disorders. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(1), 250.