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Professor Lee Ritterband

Lee Ritterband, Ph.D., is the Jean and Ronald Butcher Eminent Scholars Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Technology. With degrees in clinical psychology and computer technology, Dr. Ritterband specializes in the development and testing of behaviorally-based digital health interventions. He has served as Principal or Co-Investigator on large research projects funded by multiple institutes of the National Institutes of Health (including NCI; NIMH; NIA; NCATS; NINR; NHLBI; NIMHD; NICHD; NIDDK; NIDA, NIAAA); the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; National Science Foundation; the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Danish Cancer Council, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; the American Diabetes Association; and various US State and commercial entities. In 2004, he co-founded the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions which is the leading international organization focused on digital health research. Dr. Ritterband is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a past editor of the journals Health Psychology and the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Dr. Ritterband is also a co-founder of BeHealth Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to increasing public access to evidence-based Internet-delivered health interventions.

Professor Gerhard Andersson

Dr. Gerhard Andersson is full professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University in the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, affiliated researcher at Karoliniska Institutet, Stockholm, and clinically active as psychologist at the local hearing clinic. Andersson has a PhD in psychology and one in medicine and is trained as CBT therapist and supervisor. Professor Andersson is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of cognitive-behavior therapy delivered through information and communication technology as evidenced by his over 850 peer-reviewed publications. His research spans over both somatic and psychiatric conditions, and he is a leading researcher in the field of tinnitus and has published  several studies on depression and anxiety disorders. Andersson is also the editor-in-chief for the journal Internet Interventions. He was one of the founders of ISRII and took the initiative for the first meeting in 2004. In 2014 he was awarded the Nordic Prize in Medicine.

Professor Heleen Riper

Professor Heleen Riper is a full professor of eMental-Health (clinical psychology) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, The Netherlands.

Over the past 20 years her research focus has been on the development, evaluation, and implementation of digital interventions for mental disorders such depression, anxiety, and problem drinking and especially those based on cognitive behavioral therapy. These interventions span technologies ranging from internet interventions, mobile health applications, web-based video-conferencing and virtual reality. The scope of Professor Riper’s current research activities includes the evaluation of mobile health and ‘blended’ treatments for depression and anxiety in specialized mental health care services. She has opted for an international perspective and collaboration throughout her academic career and acted as Principal Investigator of over 15 large scale European Union projects. Professor Riper has published over 375 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. In 2013 Professor Riper (co) founded the Journal of Internet Interventions. She has been a member of the ISRII from 2004 and she organized the ISRII in Amsterdam in 2009, co-organized it in 2014 in Valencia, Spain, and organized the ESRII in September 2023 in Amsterdam. During 2012-2016 Professor Riper was President of ISRII. In June 2021 she became chief editor of the Digital Mental Health section of Frontiers of Psychiatry. In December 2021 she received an honorary doctorate for her scientific work from the University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland) and in September 2022 a Lifetime award from the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII 2022).

Professor Helen Christensen

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen (AO) is Scientia Professor of Mental Health at UNSW Sydney and Board Director of Black Dog Institute. She is the former Executive Director and Chief Scientist at Black Dog Institute, having led the organisation from 2011 to 2021. Professor Christensen is an international recognised expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. Her research also encompasses prevention of mental health problems in young people through school-based and e-health interventions. Christensen has successfully secured millions in competitive research funding for over 30 projects, including large-scale clinical trials and targeted grants in prevention and early intervention.