Experience Sampling Research: methodological and statistical challenges

Employer
KU Leuven
Location
Europe
Posted
August 23 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

The Center for Contextual Psychiatry is looking for a motivated PhD student with a background in Psychology or in Social/ Health sciences to work on methodological challenges related to the use of the Experience Sampling Methodology in healthy populations and patients with mental health disorders. The Center for Contextual Psychiatry is a multidisciplinary and internationally oriented research center, widely recognized for its expertise in the design, application, and analysis of studies and clinical trials using Experience Sampling Methodology in the context of Mental Health research. The CCP is headed by prof. Inez Myin-Germeys. The CCP currently consists of 25 researchers from a wide range of backgrounds (psychology - psychiatry - statistics - philosophy - movement sciences - ...). The Center is part of the Department of Neurosciences in the School of Medicine at KU Leuven, one of the most renowned research universities in Europe.


Ambulatory assessment techniques such as the Experience Sampling Methodology or Ecological Momentary Assessment are increasingly being used in mental health research and in clinical practice. However, many methodological issues remain to be investigated. What is the optimal design for such a study, what would be an optimal questionnaire to use, and how reliable can we apply this methodology in clinical populations? The CCP - together with the research group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences (Faculty of Psychology) - is setting up a series of studies specifically disentangling these issues. The PhD student will take a leading role in these studies.



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