- - Binge Eating Disorder
- - Boulimia nervosa
- - Interventions, treatment
- - Obesity
Investigating the effects and mechanisms of psychotherapy
Let me introduce myself: my name is Lotte Lemmens and I’m working as an assistant professor at the department of Clinical Psychological Science at Maastricht University. My research focuses on the effects and mechanisms of psychotherapy. The treatment that I’m particularly interested in is Cognitive (behavioural) therapy (C(B)T).
In various studies, I examine clinical effects (short-term and long-term), the shape of change, processes responsible for symptom change, and (individual) variables associated with therapy success. I believe that a full understanding of why, how long and for whom psychological interventions work, is the best short- and long-term investment for improving everyday clinical practice and patient care.
Since the start of my academic career, I have examined these questions in the context of Depression (UM/PENN). I have conducted a clinical trial (RCT) to the effects and mechanisms of CT vs Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression (STEPd study) and am involved in a subsequent trial in which the effects of session frequency and quality of treatment on outcome are being studied (FreqMech study). Throughout the years, I extended my work to the field of eating disorders as well. I have been involved in a large study aimed at developing a self-learning CBT based E-coach (smartphone app) for weight loss and ran various experiments. Currently, I am coordinating an RCT to the effects and mechanisms of CT vs. CT + Exposure for Eating Disorders and am working on my VENI project ‘Beating the Binge’, in which I use a network approach to study the predictors of binge eating – and the role of cognitions in particular.
Besides my research activities I work as a therapist, and as a teacher within the educational system of Maastricht University (FPN/FHML). Furthermore, I am the chair of the scientific committee of the annual conference of the Dutch association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (VGCt).
Specific research topics: Treatment studies; Research conducted in clinical settings; Cognitive (behavioural) therapy; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; (Cue) exposure; Treatment outcomes; Shape of change; Mediators of treatment effects; Optimal treatment selection; Sudden Gains; (Dynamic) Relations between symptoms; Depression; Eating Disorders; Binge Eating; EMA; EMI; Experiments.
I’m a course coordinator, practical coordinator, lecturer, tutor and skills trainer in various psychopathology-related courses in the bachelor and master of Mental Health Sciences (FHML) and Psychology (FPN). I am mentoring FPN bachelor students, advising PhD students (co-promotor), and have supervised dozens of students in the process of writing their bachelor’s and master’s thesis. In addition, I am a member of the FPN Educational Section and the board of admissions of the Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (psychopathology track). In 2018, I won the FPN Teaching Award.
I would be happy to be an advisor for students who are interested in writing their thesis on topics related to psychotherapy for eating disorders or depression. Furthermore, master students interested in the topics of my research are more than welcome for a research internship to gain practical research experience in the context of one of my ongoing projects.
Besides my scientific activities I work as a therapist.
Honours and Awards
2018: FPN Education Prize 2018, best master course coördinator, Universiteit Maastricht
2017: Pieter Boeke Prijs (best Dissertation in the field of psychotherapy), Pieter Boeke Foundation, Stichting PAO-P.
2017: VENI grant, Dutch organisation for scientific research (NWO).
2016: Article Prize Dutch-Flemish Postgraduate School for Experimental Psychopathology (EPP)
2015: Nomination Wim Trijsburgprijs, Dutch Association for Psychotherapy (NVP) (top 3).
2014: Beck Institute Graduate Student Scholarship, Beck Institute, Philadelphia (VS).
2013: Grant by University Fund Limburg /SWOL: for organizing Depression Symposium.
2012: Fulbright Award & Scholarship, Fulbright Center Amsterdam.
2012: Nomination FHML Educational Prize 2012, domain Health, Maastricht University (top 5)
2011: Grant by University Fund Limburg /SWOL: Sudden Gains project.
van Bronswijk, SC, Lemmens, LHJM, Keefe, JR, Huibers, MJH, DeRubeis, RJ & Peeters, F (in press). A prognostic index for long-term outcomes after successful acute phase Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder. Depression and Anxiety.
Bockting, CLH & Lemmens, LHJM (in press). Cognitieve Therapie bij Depressieve Stoornissen. In S.M. Bögels & P. van Oppen (Eds.), Cognitieve Therapie: Theorie en Praktijk.
Lemmens, LHJM, & Huibers, MJH (2018). Wat weten we eigenlijk over de werkingsmechanismen van psychotherapie voor depressie? En waarom is dat nog maar zo weinig. Tijdschrift voor Psychotherapie, 44, 364-393.
Lemmens, LHJM & Roelofs, J (2018). Cognitieve Gedragstherapie. In E. Simon, G. Smeets, H.T. van der Molen, P. Muris & E. Hullu (Eds.), Klinische Psychologie: Diagnostiek en Therapie (pp 135-163). Groningen: Noordhoff Uitgevers.
Lemmens, LHJM, van Bronswijk, SC, Peeters, F, Arntz, A, Hollon, SD & Huibers, MJH (2018). Long-term Outcomes of Acute Treatment with Cognitive Therapy vs. Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adult Depression: Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychological Medicine, online preprint.
Van Bronswijk, SC, Lemmens, LHJM, Huibers, MJH, Arntz, A, & Peeters, FPML (2018). The Influence of Comorbid Anxiety on the effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, 52-60.
Van Bronswijk, SC, Lemmens, LHJM, Viechtbauer, W, Huibers, MJH, Arntz, A, & Peeters, FPML. (2018). The impact of personality disorder pathology on the effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225, 530-538.
Lemmens, LHJM, DeRubeis, RJ, Arntz. A, Peeters, F, & Huibers, MJH (2017). En opeens ging het beter! De rol van Sudden Gains in Cognitieve Therapie en Interpersoonlijke Therapie voor Depressie. Gedragstherapie, 50, 102-122.
Lemmens, LHJM & DeRubeis, RJ (2017). Sudden Gains. In A. E. Wenzel, (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (pp 3395-3396). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Spanakis, G, Weiss, G, Boh, B, Lemmens, LHJM, Roefs, A (2017). Machine learning techniques in eating behavior e-coaching: balancing between generalization and personalization.
Lemmens, LHJM, Galindo-Garre, F, Arntz, A, Peeters, F, Hollon, SD, DeRubeis, RJ, & Huibers, M JH (2017). Exploring Mechanisms of Change in Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adult Depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 94, 81-92.
Meesters, C., Muris, P., Dibbets, P., Cima, M., & Lemmens, L. H. J. M. (2017). Feeling loved or rejected: On the link between perceived parental rearing behaviors and self-conscious emotions in adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies,26, 1536-1545. .
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Müller, V. N. L. S., Arntz, A., & Huibers, M. J. H. (2016). Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy for Depression: An empirical update and evaluation of research aimed at identifying psychological mediators. Clinical Psychology Review, 50, 95-107. [Download PDF]
Boh, B., Jansen, A., Clijsters, I., Nederkoorn, C., Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Spanakis, G., & Roefs, A. (in press). Indulgent thinking. Ecological Momentary Assessment of Overweight and Healthy-weight Participants’ Cognitions and Emotions. Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Boh, B, Jansen, A, Clijsters, I, Nederkoorn, C, Lemmens, LHJM, Spanakis, G, & Roefs, A (2016). Indulgent thinking. Ecological Momentary Assessment of Overweight and Healthy-weight Participants’ Cognitions and Emotions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 196-206.
Boh, B., Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Jansen, A., Nederkoorn, C., Kerkhofs, V., Spanakis, G., Weiss, G., & Roefs, A. (2016). An ecological momentary intervention via smartphone and internet: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial for weight loss and healthy eating. Trials, 17, 154-166. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., DeRubeis, R. J., Arntz. A., Peeters, F., Huibers, & M. J. H. (2016). Sudden Gains in Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adult Depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 170-176. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, LHJM, Renner, F, & Peeters, F (2015). Persisterende Depressieve Stoornis. In I. Franken, P. Muris, P, & D. Denys (Eds.), Basisboek Psychopathologie (pp. 231-242). Utrecht: de Tijdstroom.
Huibers, M. J. H., Cohen, Z. D., Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Arntz, A., Peeters, F. P. M. L., Cuijpers, P., & DeRubeis, R. J (2015). Predicting Optimal Outcomes in Cognitive Therapy or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Individuals Using the Personalized Advantage Index Approach. PLoS ONE, 10; e0140771. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Arntz, A., Peeters, F. Hollon, S. D., Roefs, A. & Huibers, M. J. H. (2015). Clinical Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy vs. Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial. Psychological Medicine, E-Pub ahead of print. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Renner, F., & Peeters, F. (in press). Persisterende Depressieve Stoornis. In I. Franken, P. Muris & D. Denys (Eds.), Basisboek Psychopathologie. Utrecht: de Tijdstroom.
Bringmann, L. F., Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Huibers, M. J. H., Borsboom, D., & Tuerlinckx, F. (2015). Revealing the dynamic network structure of the Beck Depression Inventory-II. Psychological Medicine, 45 , 747-757. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Roefs, A., Arntz, A., van Teeseling, H. C., Peeters, F., & Huibers, M. J. H. (2014). The value of an implicit self-associative measure specific to core beliefs of depression. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45(1), 196-202. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., Arntz, A., Peeters, F. P. M. L., Hollon, S. D., Roefs, A., & Huibers, M. J. H. (2011). Effectiveness, relapse prevention and mechanisms of change of cognitive therapy vs. interpersonal therapy for depression: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 12, 150-162. [Download PDF]
Lemmens, L. H. J. M., & Huibers, M. J. H. (2011). Psychotherapie voor depressie werkt! Maar Hoe? Stand van zaken van onderzoek naar werkingsmechanismen. GZ-Psychologie, 8, 10-16. [Download PDF]