PHD - COMPASSION & MINDFULNESS FOR DEPRESSION

RESEARCH
Recently, I defended the dissertation "Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Depression: How does it work and for whom?" at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. This research focussed on the workingmechanisms of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) for people with depression. Hence, the name Co-MinD: Compassion and Mindfulness for Depression.


The primary aim of the last few years was to investigate how MBCT works in individuals with recurrent depression. Given that most previous research into the possible working mechanisms is based on correlational research and on short term-outcomes, the current project has endeavored to further develop this field by applying more advanced analyzing techniques (i.e., ALT modelling), and including longer-term outcomes as well.

Additionally, given the heterogeneity of patients with depression, an improved understanding of what patient characteristics moderate treatment effect could enable improved targeting of MBCT in this population. Thus far, evidence suggest that individuals with increased vulnerability might benefit more from MBCT (e.g., ≥ 3 previous episodes, earlier onset of MDD). However, research to date is based on quantitative (mostly two-way) treatment-subgroup interactions, and assume linear associations. Therefore, the current thesis investigated qualitative treatment-subgroup interactions, allowing for nonlinear relationships and considering higher order interaction effects, identifying subgroups of individuals in which one treatment is more beneficial than another, which is especially suited for treatment assignment criteria, relevant for clinical practice.

Lastly, research into the effectiveness and possible working mechanisms of MBCL for depression is still in its infancy. The same analytical techniques (i.e., ALT modelling) were used to investigate the course and interplay between self-compassion and affect to foster comparison of study results of similar processes within MBCT for depression.

TEACHING
In addition to research, I taught the elective course Mindfulness for (bio)medical professionals to bachelor students from dentistry, biomedical sciences, and medicine at the Radboud University, and mindfulness for PhD's at the Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Various presentations on congresses (e.g., VCGt, SPR, ICM), lectures at the postgraduate education for mindfulness trainers at the Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness (e.g., on psychometrics, workingmechanisms and neuroscience), and workshops (e.g., Synapsium, Donders Discussions). Lastly, co-organizing the National Mindfulness Symposium 2020 at the Radboud Center for Mindfulness.

OVERVIEW

Official English Summary (PDF).pdf
Officiële Nederlandse Samenvatting (PDF).pdf

RESEARCH

Working mechanisms of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression
* Mindfulness & Affect
* Mindfulness practice
* Moderators
Working mechanisms of Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) for Depression
* Compassion & Affect

TEACHING
Mindfulness for (bio)medical professionals
Mindfulness for PhD's

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Presenting | Lectures | Workshops | Organizing

INSPIRATION
- CMC Research Community Forum
- MBM Intercity Research Group
- Research meetings Radboudumc CvM