Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: MindDistrict: Developing and testing the timing and content of notifications to improve diary completion in eHealth interventions.


Type of assignment:                    MA

Internal or external?:                    Internal/external: location…Amsterdam…………………………………………..

Maximum number of students:      1

Individual collecting of data?        No

Type of research:                         quantitative/ literature review

Description of the assignment:

Minddistrict offers a catalogue of more than 200 eHealth modules – predominantly focused on the mental health care sector. Most of these modules are intended for use in blended treatment, which means that face-to-face sessions are combined with eHealth.

Each module consists of several sessions, which may or may not correspond with therapeutic sessions. Besides modules, the Minddistrict eHealth platform offers various ways to empower people to master their own wellbeing, such as: diaries, plans, video calling and secure messaging.


Besides eHealth modules, Minddistrict offers diaries to track emotions, behavior and thoughts. Often these diaries need to be filled in on a range of days to get a proper insight in emotions, behavior and thoughts.


To increase compliance to these diary schedules, we are wondering what the best timing (during the morning, afternoon, at 18:14, etcetera) and the text of the reminder (“Fill your diary in, now!”, “Good afternoon, please fill in your diary”, etc) is on compliance. Compliance may be specified as the actual filling in of a diary entry.


In this project you will study the impact of the time schedule on compliance. In addition, based on behavioural and communications literature, you will develop persuasive messages to increase compliance to the diary schedule. These messages and scheduling will be tested in A-B tests.




Who are we looking for? Masters student with Mastery of the Dutch language. Preferably, you will be present at the Minddistrict office in Amsterdam at least 50% of the time.

More information?: Rick Prins (

Supervisor: Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen