Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer Professor for Applied Psychology Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Monitoring the dynamics of real life psychopathology using Ambulatory Assessment
Psychopathology is not simply experiencing weird symptoms or more negative than positive affect. Such a static view would ignore the moment-to-moment ebb and flow of symptoms, which characterizes the disorders. Fortunately, the unparalleled progress in mobile technology enables to capture the dynamics of psychopathology in everyday life.
In my talk, I will focus on four different examples of Ambulatory Assessment to illustrate opportunities in psychopathology research: a) utilizing high frequency data assessment to model affective dynamics in borderline personality disorder, b) using location-triggered e-diaries to investigate the relation between stress-reactivity and environmental components, which are presumed to be relevant for the development of schizophrenia, c) monitoring physical activity and telecommunication behaviour to predict upcoming episodes in bipolar patients and d) implementing experimental manipulation in everyday life to deepen our understanding of rumination processes in depression.
In conclusion, Ambulatory Assessment does offer a wealth of methodological approaches to enhance the understanding of psychopathological symptoms in the most important context: the daily life´s of our patients.
Ulrich Ebner-Priemer studied psychology at the University of Mannheim and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He finished his PhD in 2003 on “Psychophysiological Ambulatory Monitoring in Psychiatric Research” at the University of Freiburg. He had a post-doc position at the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) from 2003 to 2008 and was interims professor at the University of Karlsruhe from 2008 to 2010.
Since 2010, he is a full Professor for Applied Psychology at the Department of Sport and Sport Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His work is characterized by its methodological focus on Ambulatory Assessment. Currently, Ulrich Ebner-Priemer is the president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment.