Marieke A. Helmich

Postdoctoral research fellow - Klinisk psykologi
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Individual change processes in psychopathology

  • Affect dynamics

  • Time scales

  • Ecological momentary assessments (EMA) / Experience sampling method (ESM) / Ambulatory assessment (AA)

  • Trajectories of symptom improvement over time

  • Dynamical systems theory

  • Intensive longitudinal data collection and analysis

  • Methods for defining and predicting clinically relevant changes

  • Psychotherapy research

Projects

Part of the COPE research team.

My research is aimed at improving our understanding of different forms of change in psychopathology, such as mood and symptom improvement in intensive longitudinal data, measured with Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA). Currently, my work focuses on examining the trajectories of individual time series and drawing on complex dynamical systems theory and psychotherapy research to quantify relevant shifts and predictors of treatment response.

Background

  • PhD conducted at the University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, as part of the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation at the Department of Psychiatry (2016-2021).

  • My PhD research was part of the Transitions in Depression (TRANS-ID) Research project, which focused on applying a complex dynamical systems approach to the study of intra-day dynamics as predictors of transitions in symptoms of depression.

  • My subproject, TRANS-ID Recovery, investigated destabilization prior of symptom improvement within the course of psychotherapy.

  • MScRes in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with a specialization in Psychopathology from Maastricht University (2013-2015).

  • Research internship at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (2015).

  • BA in Liberal arts & sciences from University College Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2010-2013), with a major in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Methods & Statistics.

  • Exchange semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Singapore (2012).

Tags: Psychopathology, psychotherapy, dynamical systems, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), intensive longitudinal data, time series, data analysis, Complex Systems, Affect, idiographic research, symptom change

Publications

  • Helmich, Marieke A.; Olthof, Merlijn; Oldehinkel, Albertine J; Wichers, Marieke; Bringmann, Laura & Smit, Arnout (2021). Early warning signals and critical transitions: challenges and recommendations. Current Opinion in Psychology. ISSN 2352-250X. 41(October 2021), p. 51–58. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.02.008.
  • Helmich, Marieke A.; Snippe, Evelien; Kunkels, Yoram; Riese, Harriette; Smit, Arnout & Wichers, Marieke (2020). Transitions in Depression (TRANS-ID) Recovery: Study protocol for a repeated intensive longitudinal n = 1 study design to search for personalized early warning signals of critical transitions towards improvement in depression. PsyArXiv. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/fertq.
  • Olthof, Merlijn; Hasselman, Fred; Strunk, Guido; van Rooij, Marieke; Aas, Benjamin & Helmich, Marieke A. [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2020). Critical fluctuations as an early-warning signal for sudden gains and losses in patients receiving psychotherapy for mood disorders. Clinical Psychological Science. ISSN 2167-7026. 8(1), p. 25–35. doi: 10.1177/2167702619865969.
  • Helmich, Marieke A.; Wichers, Marieke; Olthof, Merlijn; Strunk, Guido; Aas, Benjamin & Aichhorn, Wolfgang [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2020). Sudden gains in day-to-day change: revealing nonlinear patterns of individual improvement in depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. ISSN 0022-006X. 88(2), p. 119–127. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000469.

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