Rutger Engelsoffline

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Projects I’ve worked on

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    Anxiety | Depression
    Date
    02/12/2022
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    Exploring the Potential of Game-based Biofeedback for Anxiety Regulation

    About the project

    This project explored the potential of using game-based biofeedback interventions for anxiety regulation. Specifically, the project had the following aims: 1) Creating a new integrative theoretical model featuring traditional as well as newly proposed mechanisms of change in biofeedback interventions for anxiety regulation. 2) Further developing and validating the efficacy of the biofeedback video game DEEP as an anxiety regulation tool. 3) Formulating guidelines for future research and development of biofeedback interventions for anxiety regulation.

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    Anxiety | Depression
    Date
    02/12/2022
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    The Effect of the Game "MindLight" on Anxiety Symptoms of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

    About the project

    Because anxiety is an important cause of impairment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is necessary that effective anxiety interventions are implemented for these children. Recently, a serious game called "MindLight" has been developed that is focused on decreasing anxiety in children. It is expected that MindLight is an effective anxiety treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder.

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  • Category
    Anxiety | Depression
    Date
    02/12/2022
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    Social Games as Prevention Tools for Depression in Adolescents

    About the project

    In my PhD project I study social games for the prevention of depression. In my project I take part in both the development and testing of games. I want to use video games to help youth become more emotionally resilient and to decrease the stigma that surrounds depression. I do this in close collaboration with other researchers and game designers. I am particularly interested in games that are played in a social context, because I believe that both social threat and social support are key factors in the development and maintenance of depression.

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  • Category
    Design | Gaming
    Date
    02/12/2022
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    Gaming and Children's Psycho-Social Development

    About the project

    Despite widespread claims that video gaming is harmful for children's social and emotional development, hardly any research has tracked children over time to verify these claims. Moreover, such claims run contrary to the importance which psychologists have given to play. This project aimed to address these matters.

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  • Category
    Anxiety | Depression
    Date
    02/12/2022
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    MindLight - Childhood Anxiety Prevention

    About the project

    Many children have difficulties with fearful situations and are anxious. Interventions can help to teach children to cope effectively with anxiety-inducing situations. In our project, we rigorously tested whether an intervention in the form of a video game (MindLight) is effective in significantly reducing anxiety symptoms in children 8-12 years old. We did this by comparing MindLight to 1) a commercial game and 2) the gold-standard, cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety (Coping Cat). Furthermore, we evaluated the motivational characteristics of MindLight and for whom (e.g., age and gender differences) it is effective.

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My publications

  • An Integrative Model for the Effectiveness of Biofeedback Interventions for Anxiety Regulation: Viewpoint

    Weerdmeester, J., van Rooij, M. M., Engels, R. C., & Granic, I. (2020). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(7), e14958.

    Author: Joanneke Weerdmeester

    Upload date: 07-23-2020

  • The Effect of the Video Game MindLight on Anxiety Symptoms in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Wijnhoven, L. A. M. W., Creemers, D. H. M., Engels, R. C. M. E., Granic, I. (2015). BMC Psychiatry, 15:138.

    Author: Lieke Wijnhoven

    Upload date: 07-01-2015

  • Use of the Principles of Design Thinking to Address Limitations of Digital Mental Health Interventions for Youth: Viewpoint

    Scholten, H., & Granic, I. (2019). Journal of Medial Internet Research, 21(1), e11528. doi: 10.2196/11528

    Author: Hanneke Scholten

    Upload date: 06-16-2020

  • Video Gaming and Children’s Psychosocial Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study

    Lobel, A., Engels, R. C.M.E., Stone, L. L., Burk, W., & Granic, I. (2017). 46, 884-897.

    Author: Adam Lobel

    Upload date: 02-21-2017

  • Associations between Children's Video Game Playing and Psychosocial Health: Information from Both Parent and Child Reports

    Lobel, A., Granic, I., Stone, L. L., & Engels, R. C.M.E. (2014). Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 639-643

    Author: Adam Lobel

    Upload date: 10-01-2014

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GEMH Lab

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Isabela Granic
Director of GEMH Lab

Professor and Chair of the Developmental Psychopathology department in the Behavioural Science Institute; writer; voracious podcast consumer; mother of two upstanding little gamers

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Professor at McMaster's University

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Joanneke Weerdmeester
Reseacher and consultant at GEMH Lab

Behavioural scientist, lecturer, consultant, gamer, dungeon master, language enthusiast, and lover of all things geeky. Passionate about creating and validating interventions and interactive experiences that can help us understand and manage our well-being in a playful and meaningful way.

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Freelance Consultant

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Evan Hirsch
Collaborator

I work with clients to design ecosystems, adapt bleeding edge research and develop end-to-end strategies that help improve the lives of their patients, practitioners and users.

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Staff Vice President, Design and UX at Anthem, Inc.

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Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff

Assistant Professor at the Developmental Psychopathology Department, mainly interested in general processes and principles of clinical change; mother of two wild boys.

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Assistant Professor

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Maaike Verhagen

Assistant Professor within the Developmental Psychopathology group of the Behavioural Science Institute

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Assistant Professor

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Marlou Poppelaars

I am a Postdoctoral researcher passionate about internalizing psychopathology prevention and the use of technology and innovation for this purpose while stimulating intrinsic motivation. I love to read, cook and bake everything delicious. Working on finishing my dissertation and Two Dots (Level 3682 and counting).

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Postdoc

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Anouk Tuijnman

I am a passionate researcher interested in improving the well-being of young people with the use of innovative interventions.

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PhD-Candidate

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Adam Lobel

User Research Analyst at Ubisoft Montréal. My favorite games tell emotionally rich stories and challenge me to think differently

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User Research Analyst

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Elke Schoneveld

Graduate and psychologist interested in the effect of games on mental health. Likes why-questions, social impact and multidisciplinary collaboration. Bubbly, (not so crazy) cat lady and outdoor enthusiast.

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Graduate

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Lieke Wijnhoven

Clinical therapist and external PhD-student at GGZ Oost Brabant and the Radboud University.

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PhD-Candidate

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Angela Schuurmans

Researcher, writer, and photography addict. Loves animals and lives together with one dog, two bunnies, and eight chickens.

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PhD Candidate

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Maartje Luijten

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Assistant Professor

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Daan Creemers

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Research Coordinator

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Marientina Gotsis

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Research Assistant Professor

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Marloes Kleinjan

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Program Head Epidemiology & Research support at Trimbos Institute / Professor Youth Mental Health Promotion Utrecht University

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