Mar Rus-Calafell is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy at the Faculty of Psychology of the Ruhr University Bochum, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Mar completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of the Balearic Islands and received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Barcelona, awarded with the highest possible grade (Summa Cum Laude) and Best Thesis Award of that year. She complemented her PhD studies with a scholarship from the League of European Research Universities (LERU), to attend the distinguished training on Development of Leadership Skills from Employment in Enterprise, Government and Academia at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She then started as a post-doc and clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London (UK), where she coordinated a large clinical trial to test the efficacy of AVATAR therapy (a novel digital intervention for auditory hallucinations in psychosis). In 2016, she was awarded the National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Independent Researcher Award to continue her clinical research in psychosis. In 2017, she started working as a clinical psychologist and research fellow with the Oxford-Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) team at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) and she became the independent research group leader of the Young VOices Research and Interventions (YVORI) research group, which is based at the Mental Health Research and Treatment Centre (MHRTC, Ruhr-Universität Bochum). In 2021, Mar was selected for AcademiaNet – a database profile of excellent female researchers from all disciplines https://www.academia-net.org/profil/prof-dr-mar-rus-calafell/1802087. Her research focus through her clinical and research career is the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders, and psychosis specifically, and the application of digital technologies to improve assessment and treatment of these disorders. She is also and invited lecturer at other European universities, has been part of tribunals for PhD ceremonies and is a reviewer of more than 20 journals and science organisations.
Kirsten Geiser joined our team in October 2023 as an admin at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy. She completed her training as a tax clerk in 2010 and has already worked in the areas of tax and commercial processing, administration and management.
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Grace Kiernan is a PhD student in clinical psychology and digital psychotherapy research in the Young Voices Research and Interventions (YVORI) research group, supervised by Prof. Mar Rus-Calafell and Prof. Lucia Valmaggia. She is also a clinical psychologist and currently undergoing psychotherapeutic training. Grace completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Twente in 2021. She then started as a clinical psychologist at the LWL clinic Paderborn. Her research currently focuses on the role of social adversity and social difficulties in early psychosis.
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Phuong Mi Nguyen has been a PhD student in Clinical Psychology and is part of Prof. Mar Rus-Calafell's YVORI team since May 2020. She studied at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. She completed her M.Sc. in 2018. April 2019 she started her training as a psychotherapist focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and an additional qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Her current research project deals with adolescent and young adult mental health. A particular focus here is on underlying mechanisms of unusual experiences in both clinical and non-clinical populations.
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Nils Ehrbar is a PhD student in clinical psychology and digital psychotherapy research in the Young Voices Research and Interventions (YVORI) research group, supervised by Prof. Mar Rus-Calafell and Dr. Thomas Ward. He is a clinical psychologist who is currently in psychotherapeutic training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Nils completed his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Ruhr-University-Bochum. Before becoming a psychologist Nils also did an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Philosophy & History at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. His research focuses on developing new interventions in the treatment of psychosis.
Frederic Berg is a research assistant and has been working with the YVORI research group since 2021. He is currently a second year Master student in clinical psychology at the RUB. Before starting his Bachelor programme in 2018, he was working full time as a psychiatric nurse at different psychiatric hospitals, mainly with patients with psychosis. Currently he is working at the LWL-Klinik Bochum alongside his studies. For his master thesis he will focus on the effects of substance use on the occurrence and persistence of psychotic-like experiences in adolescents.
After completing an internship at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy, Dilara Alatas started working as a research assistant in December 2022. She is currently in the first semester of her master's degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Ruhr University Bochum. Her bachelor's thesis was on the effect of stress on auditory episodic memory.
Ekincan Tas is a virtual reality developer and part of the YVORI team since November 2022. He is responsible for developing VR simulations and managing the VR lab. His bachelor thesis in Applied Computer Science was about the development of educational games for hazard avoidance on construction sites under Dr.-Ing. Mario Wolf. He also used to work on video games as a hobby, before he started his studies.
Nadia Mohammad has been working as a research assistant at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy since September 2023, where she is part of the YVORI research group. Since October 2022, she has been doing her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Ruhr University Bochum. Before that, she completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Wuppertal. She is writing her Master's thesis in the field of stress research.
Maren started working at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy as a research worker in October 2023, after completing an internship. She is currently in the first semester of her master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and works in an emergency shelter for young people on the side. She finished her bachelor´s degree with a thesis on gender specific effects of self-efficacy on stress reactivity.
Lena Liedtke has been working as a research assistant at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy under the direction of Prof. Mar Rus-Calafell since October 2023 and is part of the Young Voices Research and Interventions (YVORI) research group. She is currently in her 3rd master's semester of her studies in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and is aiming for her licensure exam in March 2025. She completed her Bachelor's degree with a thesis on questionnaire validation in August 2022 at the Ruhr University Bochum. Her master's thesis focuses on the effects of digital media use on children and adolescents.