Prof. Pim Cuijpers
Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology. Pim Cuijpers is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders. Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. He has also published on a broad range of subjects in the field of clinical psychology, including psychoeducational treatment and early interventions, psychotic disorders, caregivers of dementia patients and bibliotherapy. Pim Cuijpers has published more than 800 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including more than 600 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals (more than 150 as first author). According to Thompson Reuters, he is one of the “most influential scientific minds” and is listed since 2014 in the “top 1% cited scientists in the area of psychiatry and psychology” (http://highlycited.com). According to Expertscape, an organisation that ranks researchers by their expertise in biomedial topics, professor Cuijpers is the world’s number one top expert on depression, as well the number one top expert on psychotherapy.
Pim Cuijpers is also associate editor of Psychological Bulletin and Deputy Editor of Depression & Anxiety. I recently received the Distinguished Research Career Awardfrom the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Prof. Cristina Botella
Wide experience in national and international research projects. Her main line of research is the application of new technologies to Clinical Psychology for the treatment of mental disorders and promoting wellbeing. Her team is pioneer in the use of virtual reality and augmented reality techniques, and in the design and application of telepsychology systems for the treatment of different mental disorders.
Director of Labpsitec since 1993. http://www.labpsitec.uji.es
Director of the Emotional Disorders Unit at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, since 1993. http://www.uji.es/serveis/sap/
Leads one of the groups of a CIBER action in Spain. http://www.ciberobn.es
Director of the Máster de Psicopatología, Salud y Neuropsicología (Master in Psychopathology, Health and Neuropsychology) which is part of the Postgraduate Official Program at the Universitat Jaume I. http://www.uji.es/
Member of the editorial board of more than 20 scientific journals, as well as external evaluator in many prestigious scientific organizations. Member of many scientific and professional societies, committees and academic posts such as the Comisión Nacional de la Especialidad de Psicología Clínica and member of the Consejo Asesor de Salud Mental de la Comunidad Valenciana.
Prof. David. D Ebert
Dr. Ebert’s is Associate Professor for Clinical Psychology and from February onwards president of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII), the peak international body for research integrating technology into health.
His research focuses on the development and evaluation of digital therapeutics, designed and tailored for various settings and areas of life (work, university), with a particular focus on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Together with his team, Dr. Ebert developed more than 15 digital health interventions, whose efficacy and cost-effectiveness have been evaluated in over 30 randomized-controlled trials. He has published more than 140 peer-review articles in international journals, mostly on digital mental health. He has raised more than 8 Million € in funding, and he is a key representative/work package leader in numerous large scale european multi-national projects concerning the prevention (iCARE, H2020) and treatment of mental disorders (Mastermind, EC FP7, CIP Pilot Actions) and their implementation into routine care.
Besides his academic activities, Ebert focusses on implementing evidence-based internet- and App-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders into routine care. He thus founded the GET.On Institute (www.geton-institut.de), with funds from the European Union, which is multiple award winning leading digital mental health service provider in Germany, offering a broad portfolio of evidence-based digital therapeutic products. He also consults on a regular basis large health insurers, clinics chain and digital health companies with regard to their digital health strategy. Dr. Ebert has been awarded numerous national and international prizes and awards, including the Early Career Research Award of the ISRII, the Award of the German Society for Behavior Therapy (DGVT) for innovations in behavior therapy (2014), the 2015 award of the German Society for Psychology Clinical Psychology Group (DGPs), the Charlotte-Karl-Bühler-Award 2016 for his scientific work “reaching the status of a comprehensive research program, which has had tremendous impact on psychology and further fields of research”, as well as the Comenius Award of the European Federation For Psychologists Association (EFPA).
Prof. Giuseppe Riva
Prof. Giuseppe Riva, is full Professor of General Psychology and Communication Psychology and Director of the ICE-NET Lab at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Riva pioneered much of the applications that enabled the diffusion of Virtual Reality and Internet in the field of health care. Riva research work focused on the concepts of “presence” and “human adaptability” embedding the bits of the digital realm with the atoms of our physical world. Recently, the main contribution of Riva research work is related to the impact of mediated technologies on the user’s experience. Through the analysis of the cognitive processes involved in simulated realities Riva expanded the concept of “Presence” – the feeling of being there – originally developed by communication scholars. Riva is ranked 1st worldwide for number of publication in the field of Virtual Reality