Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

In the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy we interested in how technologies can be used to promote health or to augment and develop further psychotherapeutic interventions.

Research projects

  • Designing and developing smartphone-based health interventions
  • Internet-based therapy tools
  • Mobile Mental Health
  • Emotion regulation
  • Improving approach and avoidance modification training via emotions
  • Changing stressassociated attitudes and dysfunctional cognitions
  • Measuring, feedbacking, and changing disorderspecific bodily signals
  • Reducing recurrence rate in patients with alcohol misuse
  • Innovative intervention of patients with depression, of patients with eating disorder, of emotion dysregulation
  • Automatic emotion recognition

Current projects

  • Applied Data Science in Digital Psychology

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: 1. September 2022 - 31. August 2026
    Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (StMWK) (seit 2018)

    University education in psychology, medical technology and computer science currently focuses on teaching basic methods and knowledge with little involvement of other disciplines. Increasing digitalization and the ever more rapid spread of digital technologies, such as wearable sensors, smartphone apps, and artificial intelligence, also in the health sector, offer a wide range of opportunities to address psychological issues from new and interdisciplinary perspectives. However, this requires close cooperation between the disciplines of psychology and technical disciplines such as medical technology and computer science to enable the necessary knowledge transfer. Especially in these disciplines, there is a considerable need for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching concepts and research projects that teach the adequate use of digital technologies and explore the application of these technologies to relevant issues in order to enable better care in the treatment of people with mental disorders.

  • Mit uns im Gleichgewicht II

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: 1. November 2021 - 31. October 2024
    Funding source: andere Förderorganisation
  • Intelligente, Chatbot-assistierte ambulante Nachsorge der Depressionen bei Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: 1. September 2021 - 31. August 2024
    Funding source: andere Förderorganisation
  • Empathokinästhetische Sensorik für Biofeedback bei depressiven Patienten

    (Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)

    Overall project: Empathokinästhetische Sensorik
    Term: 1. July 2021 - 30. June 2025
    Funding source: DFG / Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB)

    The aim of the D02 project is the establishment of empathokinesthetic sensor technology and methods of machine learning as a means for the automatic detection and modification of depression-associated facial expressions, posture, and movement. The aim is to clarify to what extent, with the help of kinesthetic-related modifications influence depressogenic information processing and/or depressive symptoms. First, we will record facial expressions, body posture, and movement relevant to depression with the help of currently available technologies (e.g., RGB and depth cameras, wired EMG, established emotion recognition software) and use them as input parameters for new machine learning models to automatically detect depression-associated affect expressions. Secondly, a fully automated biofeedback paradigm is to be implemented and validated using the project results available up to that point. More ways of real-time feedback of depression-relevant kinaesthesia are investigated. Thirdly, we will research possibilities of mobile use of the biofeedback approach developed up to then.

  • Intensivierte Return to Work (RTW)-Nachsorge in psychiatrischen Institutsambulanzen (PIA) von Versorgungskliniken

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: 1. January 2021 - 31. December 2024
    Funding source: andere Förderorganisation

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