OUR TEAM

GDF

The Depression Research Center of the German Foundation for Depression and Suicide Prevention

The Depression Research Center of the German Foundation for Depression and Suicide Prevention is committed to research into depression that is close to the health care system and independent of the pharmaceutical industry.

The aim is to contribute to better diagnosis of depressive disorders and to the development of new therapeutic approaches. The Depression research Centre was founded in 2014 and has, since 2019, its academic affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Project Staff

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Dr Hanna Reich

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Psychotherapist (CBT)
Depression Research Centre of the German Depression Foundation, Department for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.

Hanna Reich (F), is a junior research group leader focusing her work on digital interventions for depression, health care utilisation and the understanding of mental health treatment gaps. She has obtained her PhD in clinical psychology at the Philipps-University of Marburg, where she worked on motivational and cross-cultural aspects of psychotherapy, before learning more about epidemiology during her PostDocs at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and Technische Universität Dresden.

Her ongoing projects include MONDY (Secure and open platform for AI-based healthcare apps; Federal Ministry of Education and Research), P4D (Personalized, Predictive, Precise and Preventive Medicine for Major Depression; Federal Ministry of Education and Research), RUPERT (Forum for mental health in the German rescue service; Movember Foundation), MENTUPP (Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings; EU Horizon), and the Alliance for Mental Health in the German Armed Forces (Federal Ministry of Defense).

Team Members

Simon Schreynemackers

Simon Schreynemackers

Simon Schreynemackers has been a Data Scientist at GDF since October 2022. He studied medical informatics and medical engineering with a specialization in machine learning at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen. In his former working groups at the Justus-Liebig-University (cardiology) and the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen (biosignal analysis), he was responsible for the evaluation and model development based on image data and physiological time series in various projects in addition to his PhD.

Dr. Caroline Allenhof

Dr. Caroline Allenhof

Dr. Caroline Allenhof started her research career shortly after completing her studies as psychologist. She has been working for GDF for more than eight years and has since completed her PhD on “efficacy, usage and negative effects of digital interventions for patients with depression”.

Lately Caroline has been working in national and international projects on the implementation and further development of the iFightDepression tool, a guided digital intervention to support the treatment of patients with depression. Her personal interest is in the optimization of both content and format of digital interventions to make them helpful and easy to use for as many people as possible. She will join the MentBest team to support the development of MENTINA.

Dr. Milica Petrovic

Dr. Milica Petrovic

Dr. Milica Petrovic is a researcher and psychologist working in the German Depression Foundation. She completed her PhD in General Psychology at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan, where she developed and tested the Transformative Storytelling Technique as a unique methodological approach for creating digital mental health narratives for empowerment and support.

Throughout her career, she worked on numerous international projects focused on digital mental health tools and techniques for elderly and young adult populations. Currently she is coordinating RUPERT project focused on supporting and improving mental health of emergency workers, police officers, and firefighters with a larger focus on men’s mental health. In MentBest she will join the team in the trial of MENTINA app.

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