Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

How does internet-based treatment work?


Supplementary info:

Type of assignment: BA
Internal– or external: Internal
How many students possible: 2
New data collection: No, but data processing is required
Type of research: Change process research
EC: 15EC



Mental illnesses, like depression and anxiety, are among the leading causes of the global burden of disease. E-mental health (EMH) interventions, such as web-based psychotherapy treatments, are increasingly used to improve access to psychotherapy for a wider audience. Whereas different EMH interventions tend to be equally effective, the responsiveness to a specific treatment shows large individual differences. The personalization of treatments is seen as the major road for improvement. Because most EMH interventions use language for communication between counselors and clients, assessing language use provides an important avenue for opening the black box of what happens within therapy. EMH also makes data of the linguistic interactions between client and counselor available on an unprecedented large scale.  The objective of this project is to analyze patterns in therapy-related textual features in e-mail correspondence between counselor and client. You will use existing data of either motivational interviewing-based addiction treatment or mindfulness-based psychotherapy. You will collaborate closely with the researchers of the What Works When for Whom project. They will help you use the software we developed in the project to analyze the e-mails.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a Dutch-speaking, responsible and analytically strong student. You do not need to be able to program yourself (but you can if you want to learn programming skills), because you will be using existing software In addition, ethical sensitivity is required because you will be dealing with sensitive patient data.


What do we offer?

The opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with high practical relevance; learning on-the-job use of innovative methodology (text mining analysis and visual analytics).

Further information


Supervisors: Anneke Sools, Wouter Smink