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Nele De Witte

Nele De Witte

Care and Well-being - People and Well-being

Nele De Witte (PhD) is a researcher in the People and Well-being research group, research line Psychology and technology. Her areas of expertise include wearables and XR. She is also the scientific coordinator of LiCalab.

About Nele

Nele is interested in how advances in technological applications and understanding of psychophysiological processes can enhance the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in adults and adolescents. She obtained her PhD from Ghent University and is now doing practice-based research in the field of digital mental health. Some topics she works on are wearables, AR for exposure and acceptance of online help. She is also the scientific coordinator for the living lab LiCalab and the coordinator of the Digital Mental Health course in the applied psychology programme.

Curriculum Vitae


Articles in internationally reviewed scientific journals

  • Scheveneels, S., De Witte, N., Van Daele, T. (2023). The first steps in facing your fears: The acceptability of virtual reality and in vivo exposure treatment for specific fears. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 95, 102695.
  • Haddouk, L., Milcent, C., Schneider, B., Van Daele, T., & De Witte, N. A. J. (2023). Telepsychology in Europe since COVID-19: how to foster social telepresence? Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(6), 2147.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Buelens, F., Debard, G., Bonroy, B., Standaert, W., Tarnogol, F. & Van Daele, T. (2022)  Handheld or head-mounted? An experimental comparison of the potential of augmented reality for animal phobia treatment using smartphone and HoloLens 2 . Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 4, 2673-4192.

  • Vermeylen, S., Honinx, E., Broes, S, & De Witte, N. A. J. (2022). Evaluation of a tactile breath pacer for sleep problems: a mixed method pilot study. Frontiers in Digital Health, 4.

  • Van Daele, T., Mathiasen, K., Carlbring, P., Bernaerts, S., Brugnera, A., Compare, A., … De Witte, N. A. J. (2022). Online consultations in mental healthcare: Modelling determinants of use and experience based on an international survey study at the onset of the pandemic. Internet Interventions, 30, 100571.

  • Bernaerts, S., De Witte, N. A. J., Van der Auwera, V., Bonroy, B., Muraru, L., Bamidis, P., Frantzidis, C., Kourtidou-Papadeli, C., Azevedo, N., Garatea, J., Muñoz, I., Almeida, R., Losada, R., Fung, J., Kehayia, E., Lamontagne, A., de Guise, E., Duclos, C., Higgins, J., Nadeau, S., Beaudry, L., & Konstantinidis, E. (2022). Rehabilitation Supported by Technology: Protocol for an International Cocreation and User Experience Study. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(3), e3453.

  • Bührmann, L., Van Daele, T., Rinn, A., De Witte, N. A. J., Lehr, D., Aardoom, J. J., Loheide-Niesmann, L., Smit, J., & Riper, H. (2022). The feasibility of using Apple’s  ResearchKit for recruitment and data collection: considerations for mental health research. Frontiers in Digital Health, 4, 978749.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Joris, S., Van Assche, E., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Technological and digital interventions for mental health and wellbeing: an overview of systematic reviews. Frontiers in Digital Health, 3, 754337.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Broeckx, L., Vermeylen, S., Van Der Auwera, V., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Human Factors in Living Lab Research. Technology Innovation Management Review, 11 (9/10), 21-29.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Adriaensen, I., Broeckx, L., Van Der Auwera, V., & Van Daele T. (2021). Cross-cultural differences in user-centred research: an international living lab survey. Health Informatics Journal.
  • De Witte, N. A., Carlbring, P., Etzelmueller, A., Nordgreen, T., Karekla, M., Haddouk, L., Belmont, A., Øverland, S., Abi-Habib, R., Bernaerts, S., Brugnera, A., Compare, A., Duque, A., Ebert, D. D., Eimontas, J., Kassianos, A. P., Salgado, J., Schwerdtfeger, A., Tohme, P., Van Assche,  E., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Online Consultations in Mental Healthcare During the Covid-19 Outbreak: An International Survey Study on Uptake and Experiences. Internet Interventions, 25, 100405.
  • Bolinski, F., Etzelmüller, A., De Witte, N. A. J., van Beurden, C., Debard, G., Bonroy, B., Cuijpers, P., Riper, H., & Kleiboer, A. (2021). Physiological and Self-reported Arousal in Virtual Reality Versus Face-to-face Emotional Activation and Cognitive Restructuring in University Students: a Crossover Experimental Study Using Wearable Monitoring. Behaviour Research and Therapy.
  • Tohme, P., De Witte, N. A. J., Van Daele, T., & Abi-Habib, R. (2021). Telepsychotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: The experience of Lebanese mental health professionals. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
  • Van Daele, T., Best, P., Bernaerts, S., Van Asche, E., & De Witte, N. A. J. (2021). Dropping the E: the potential for integrating e-mental health in psychotherapy. Current Opinion in Psychology, 41, 46-50.
  • Debard, G., De Witte, N., Sels, R., Mertens, M., Van Daele, T., & Bonroy, B. (2020). Making wearable technology available in mental healthcare through an online platform with stress detection algorithms: the Carewear project. Journal of Sensors, 2020, 8846077.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Scheveneels, S., Sels, R., Debard, G., Hermans, D., & Van Daele, T. (2020). Augmenting exposure therapy: mobile augmented reality for specific phobia.  Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 1, 8. 
  • Van Daele, T., Karekla, M., Kassianos, A. P., Compare, A., Haddouk, L., Salgado, J., Ebert, D. D.,  Trebbi, G. (on behalf of the EFPA Project Group on eHealth), Bernaerts, S., Van Assche, E., & De Witte, N. A. J. (2020). Recommendations for policy and practice of telepsychotherapy and e-mental health in Europe and beyond. Journal of Psychotherapy integration, 30(2), 160-173.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Buyck, I., & Van Daele, T. (2019). Combining biofeedback with stress management interventions: a systematic review of physiological and psychological effects. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 44, 71-82.
  • De Witte N.A.J., Sütterlin, S., Braet, C., Mueller, S.C. (2017). Psychophysiological correlates of emotion regulation training in adolescent anxiety: Evidence from the novel PIER task. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 89–96.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Sütterlin, S., Braet, C., & Mueller, S. C. (2016). Getting to the Heart of Emotion Regulation in Youth: the Role of Interoceptive Sensitivity, Heart Rate Variability, and Parental Psychopathology. PLoS ONE 11: e0164615.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., & Mueller, S. C. (2016). White matter integrity in brain networks relevant to anxiety and depression: evidence from the Human Connectome Project dataset. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Crunelle, C. L., Sabbe, B., Moggi, F., & Dom, G. (2013). Treatment for outpatients with comorbid schizophrenia and substance use disorders: a review. European Addiction Research, 20, 105–114.
  • De Witte, N. A. J., Crunelle, C. L., Joos, L., De Venter, M., De Wilde, B., & Dom, G. (2012). Research on addictive disorders within the Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute: an overview. Acta Psychiatrica Belgica, 112, 30-33 .
  • Hermans, M. H. M., De Witte, N., & Dom, G. (2012). The state of psychiatry in Belgium. International Review of Psychiatry, 24(4), 286-294.
  • Joos, L., Goudriaan, A. E., Schmaal, L., De Witte, N. A. J., Van den Brink, W., Sabbe, B. G. C., & Dom, G. (2012). The relationship between impulsivity and craving in alcohol dependent patients. Psychopharmacology.

Articles in other scientific journals

  • De Witte, N. A. J., Bonroy, B., Debard, G., Sels, R., Mertens, M., & Van Daele, T. (2018). Carewear:  wearables in de geestelijke gezondheidszorg [Carewear: wearables in mental healthcare].  ePsychologos, 33(4).
  • De Witte, N. A. J. & Van Daele, T. (2017). Techneut of technofoob? Attitudes rond technologiegebruik in kaart brengen bij cliënt en professional [Techy or technophobe? Mapping attitudes concerning technology use for client and professional]. Psyche, 29(3), 16- 18. 
  • De Witte, N. (2016). Ik ben niet bang in het donker, want ik heb mijn nachtlampje altijd aan! Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en kinderpsychologie, 41(1), 42-43

Reports and chapters

  • De Witte, N. A. J., Van Daele, T., Tarnogol, F., & Scheveneels, S. (2023). Terapia de exposición mediante realidad aumentada: implementación en un tratamiento combinado de fobia específica. In Marti-Noguera, J. J. & Soto-Pérez, F. (Eds.). Casos clínicos en telesalud mental (pp. 129-140). Elsevier.

  • Van Daele, T., De Witte, N., Belmont, A., Schneider, B., & Haddouk, L. (2022). Une enquête européene de l’EFPA sur les pratiques en ligne des psychologues. In Haddouk, L. & Schneider, B. (Eds.). Télépsychologie. État des lieux et enjeux (pp 195-210). Érès Éditions & Formations.
  • Schneider, B., Haddouk, L., De Witte, N., & Van Daele, T. (2022). Recommandations en Europe et en France, des propositions. In Haddouk, L. & Schneider, B. (Eds.). Télépsychologie. État des lieux et enjeux (pp 281-295). Érès Éditions & Formations.
  • De Witte, N., Joris, S., Van Assche, E., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Technologische en digitale toepassingen in zorg & welzijn: een richtingwijzer. Steunpunt Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin.
  • De Witte, N. A. J. & Van Daele, T. (2017).  Vlaamse UTAUT-vragenlijsten [Flemish UTAUT-questionnaires]. Antwerp: Applied Psychology, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences. 
  • De Venter, M., De Witte N., Sercu S., Sabbe, B., Dom G. (2012). Audit van de units ‘Intensieve behandeling voor patiënten met een dubbele diagnose’, Rapport uitgevoerd voor FOD volksgezondheid. Antwerpen: Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute – Universiteit Antwerpen