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ISRII Board of Directors 2016

Board of Directors 2016

We are pleased to announce the Board of Directors slate for 2016 was approved. Please find below the full list of ISRII directors for 2016 and some information on our new board members.

  • Frances Kay Lambkin (President)

  • Heleen Riper (Past-President)

  • David Ebert (President-Elect, Secretary)

  • Kate Cavanagh

  • Pepijn Van De Ven (Web Coordinator)

  • Christina Botella

  • Sally Merry

  • Stephen Schueller (new BOD, Treasurer)

  • Thomas Berger (new BOD)

  • Mark Hoogendoorn (new BOD)

  • Tonya Palermo (new BOD)

  • Viktor Kaldo (new BOD)

Dr. Frances Kay-Lambkin (President)


Over the past 15 years, I have worked in a clinical research capacity with people experiencing psychotic disorders, depression, personality disorders, and alcohol/other drug use problems, with specific experience in the use of cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques among people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug problems. My main research activity has been on the development and clinical trial of computer- and internet-delivered treatments for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug use problems. I have led several large scale randomized controlled clinical trials of face-to-face, phone-based and computerized psychological treatments, and translated these treatments into clinical practice. I have also developed tobacco-focused eHealth treatments incorporating a multiple behaviour change focus, and in clinical treatment trials evaluating the efficacy of such treatments among people with mental health problems.  My vision is to bring high quality, evidence based treatment for multiple health problems to the point-of-care for people experiencing mental health and addictive disorders to ensure that the right person receives the right intervention at the right time.

Candidate Statement

My ambition for ISRII is to expand its reach and membership to new disciplines and industries, and to strengthen the relationship and relevance of our organization with our existing members.  There is no other professional body that represents the breadth of researchers in eHealth as ISRII, and no other group that places research so critically at the core of our work.  During my time as president, I will work hard with the Board and our members to engage key stakeholders from new disciplines and countries, to foster involvement in ISRII from the next generation of eHealth researchers, to secure the capacity and viability of ISRII, and to promote the role of research in our promotion, prevention, treatment and translational efforts.  I am confident that we can achieve these goals, and many more, over the coming years, and make significant inroads into our ultimate goal; better health care for all.

Dr. David Daniel Ebert (President-Elect)


David Daniel Ebert’s work focuses on the development and evaluation of internet and mobile‐based interventions for the prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders. His current work is dedicated to a) the prevention of depression and anxiety b) the development of multivariate prediction algorithms to explain heterogeneity in prevention/treatment effects on the basis of big datasets c) the evaluation of strategies to increase the utilization of evidence-based (e-)health interventions.

He has received his PhD in Psychology from the Philipp’s‐University of Marburg, Germany with special honors (summa cum laude). He was formerly the operational head of the division for Health Trainings Online at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Following a period as visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Care Policy,  Boston, USA he now leads a team working on E-mental Health at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is also head of research  and  development of the mental health clinics of the Schoen‐clinics, one of the largest privately owned clinic chains in Germany. He is member of the board of directors of the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII), and representative of the German Society for Psychology (DGPS) in the taskforce for E-Health of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

Dr. Ebert is currently acting as project leader/work-package leader of several large scale national and European research projects including the iCARE-Project (Integration Technology in Mental Health Care in Europe) and the MasterMind Project which aims to implement internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy in routine care of 11 European Countries.

In recognition of his achievements, he has recently received several awards such as the DGVT Förderpreis by the German society for behavior therapy [DGVT], the Early Career Researcher Award by the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) and the Young Scientist Award of German Society for Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

For more information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Ebert4

Candidate Statement

Since I became a member in 2011 I experienced the ISRII as my most important professional affiliation and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to collaborate with and learn from many members of this exciting community.

As president-elect and member of the board I plan to work closely with the president and the other board members on shaping the future of the ISRII as an organization, increasing the impact of the ISRII by for example extending the reach to new groups of researchers and disciplines and by strengthening the collaboration and knowledge exchange between existing and new members of the community.

I feel deeply honored to be considered as a candidate for the board of directors and as president-elect of the ISRII and I would be pleased to serve the community in the upcoming term.

Dr. Stephen Schueller (Treasurer)


Stephen Schueller, PhD was trained as a research clinical psychologist. His research focuses on the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of Internet and mobile-based interventions for the treatment and prevention of depression and promotion of well-being. He holds a K08 career development award from the US National Institute of Mental Health to create and evaluate a mobile platform to increase the impact of psychotherapy for depression through supporting patients’ use of skills outside of sessions and increasing clinicians’ knowledge of out-of-session behavior. He has worked on developing recommendation frameworks for positive psychology interventions, worldwide smoking cessation websites, and various Internet websites and mobile apps for the treatment and prevention of depression. He served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Positive Psychology on behavioral intervention technologies and is the founding member of an ISRII Special Interest Group on Design for mHealth.

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be considered as a candidate for ISRII’s Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. I first attended the ISRII meeting in 2011 supported by a generous grants-in-aid travel award from the organization. The ISRII organization has continued to provide me with wonderful colleagues, collaborations, and friends. I am devoted to the growth and success of the ISRII organization and feel a kinship with its members. It would be extremely rewarding me to give back to the organization through serving as the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors. As Treasurer I would help support the development of ISRII through its financial health and to ensure it is able to continue to support activities like those that have been so valuable to me. I believe my experience in research – development, evaluation, and implementation – will help me contribute to the continued expansion of ISRII’s scientific community and shape ISRII’s future as a key player in the field.

Prof. Thomas Berger (Board member)


Thomas Berger holds a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship in E-Mental-Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland and leads the research group investigating Internet-based treatments. He earned his PhD degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy in 2005 from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Since then he has been working as PI and Co-PI in several national and international trials on Internet-based treatments, he has published more than 40 research papers and reviews on Internet interventions and he has received several grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission and other foundations. He has received several awards such as the New Researcher Award of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and the Outstanding Early Achievement Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Candidate Statement

I remember my first ISRII meeting in 2009 in Amsterdam. I was impressed by this large group of researchers all sharing the same interests. I found helpful and friendly researchers who took real interest, despite the fact that I a was newcomer to the field at this time. I felt that I have found a new scientific home for my research interest on Internet interventions. When I was informed of my nomination as a board member of ISRII, I felt greatly honored. Being part of ISRII and having a more active role in ISRII is a highly exciting perspective, and this privilege asks for a lot of commitment. Thank you for your trust!

Dr. Mark Hoogendoorn (Board member)


Mark Hoogendoorn is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence at the VU University Amsterdam, Department of Computer Science. His research is positioned on the boundary between artificial intelligence and the health domain, focusing on predictive modeling and adaptive support systems for health and wellbeing. He mainly works within two health domains, namely mental health (depression, anxiety) and cancer. Dr. Hoogendoorn currently participates in the EU FP7 E-COMPARED project (among other projects) where his main focus is on predictive modeling of therapy success for depressed patients. He has been one of the project coordinators of the FP7 ICT4Depression project (2009-2011) which aimed at the development of an automated therapy for depression using a variety of sensory devices. He has been involved in the organization of ample conferences and workshops, including a workshop on computing paradigms for mental health (MindCare) and has acted as a guest editor for several journals. Dr. Hoogendoorn has co-authored over 100 scientific publications and has been a visiting scientist at the University of Minnesota (2007) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015). He obtained his PhD degree at the VU University Amsterdam in 2007.

Candidate Statement

My ambition focuses on two main aspects. First of all, my goal is to increase the multi-disciplinary collaboration within ISRII. Hereby, I mainly want to focus on the collaboration between the domain of mental health and artificial intelligence. In my opinion both domains can be of great value to each other. The nature of the mental health domain brings great challenges to artificial intelligence, and I believe that artificial intelligence techniques can contribute to more advanced analyses and interventions in the domain of mental health. Secondly, I want to stimulate the sharing of results and data between ISRII members (and eMental Health researchers in general) to increase collaboration as well as the reuse of collected data. I believe that my background, having experience in leading interdisciplinary research projects bringing together mental health experts and technical experts, and the fact that my roots lie within the domain of artificial intelligence can help to achieve these goals.

Prof. Tonya Palermo (Board member)


Tonya Palermo is a pediatric psychologist and a pain researcher. She directs the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab that aims to improve the lives of children with pain and their families through developing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative treatments that can be delivered at low cost. Dr. Palermo has developed and tested web- and mobile-based pain management programs in children with chronic headache, abdominal, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Palermo has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and two books on cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents. Through her work as Program Director for the University of Washington Anesthesiology T32 program, Dr. Palermo is active in training clinician-scientists at the postdoctoral and junior faculty level. Dr. Palermo has served on the Executive Boards of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the American Pain Society, serves as an Associate Editor and incoming Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Palermo also serves as Chair of an NIH study section, Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes.

Candidate Statement

I enjoy new challenges and particularly am moved to action when it involves people and issues that I care strongly about. In that spirit, I am motivated to take on a role on the Board of ISRII out of my strong desire to positively affect training, science, advocacy and practice related to use of information and communication technologies to assess and treat behavior, health and mental health. It has been very rewarding to organize the 2016 ISRII Scientific Meeting in Seattle and to become more familiar with the organization and membership. Two areas that I would like to focus on are 1) increasing initiatives to provide training and mentorship to students and early career professionals, and 2) contributing to the efficiency and sustainability of ISRII considering the financial challenges that all professional organizations are presently faced with. It would be a privilege to serve as a new board member.