Nele De Witte


Nele is interested in how advances in technological applications and insight into psychophysiological processes can improve prevention and treatment of mental illness in adults and youth. She attained her PhD at Ghent University and currently conducts practice-oriented research in the area of e-mental health. Some projects she is working on consist of the Carewear research line, AR for exposure therapy, and e-mental health implementation. She is also the scientific coordinator for the living & care lab LiCalab.





Articles in internationally reviewed academic journals

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.doi: 10.1007/s10484-018-09427-7

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. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.012

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. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164615

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. doi:10.1007/s11682-016-9642-2

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. doi: 10.1007/s00213-012-2905-8

Articles in other academic 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


De Witte, N. A. J. & Van Daele, T. (2017).  Vlaamse UTAUT-vragenlijsten [Flemish UTAUT-questionnaires]. Antwerp: Applied Psychology, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, available at

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