Tom Van Daele


Tom is a clinical psychologist and head of the expertise unit Psychology, Technology & Society. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology, KU Leuven and a visiting scholar at Queen’s University Belfast. His main research focus is on the added value of technology for mental healthcare.

More information can be found on his personal website.




Supervision of bachelor dissertations


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.

Karayianni, E., Van Daele, T., Despot Lučanin, J., Lopižić, J., & Carr, N. (2022). Psychological science into practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: A European perspective. European Psychologist, 26(4), 387-396. 10.1027/1016-9040/a000458

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., 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., Adriaensen, I., Broeckx, L., Van Der Auwera, V., & Van Daele T. (2021). Cross-cultural differences in user-centred research: an international living lab study. Health Informatics Journal.

Best, P., Meireles, M., Schroeder, F., Montgomery, L., Maddock, A., Davidson, G., Galway, K., Trainor, D., Campbell, A., & Van Daele, T. (2021). Freely Available Virtual Reality Experiences as Tools to Support Mental Health Therapy: A Systematic Scoping Review and Consensus Based Interdisciplinary Analysis. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 1-15.

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.

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.

Best, P., McKenna, A., Quinn, P., Duffy, M., & Van Daele, T. (2020). Can Virtual Reality ever be implemented in routine clinical settings? A systematic narrative review of clinical procedures contained within case reports for the treatment of PTSD. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 1, 23.

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.

Gaebel, W., Lukies, R., Kerst, A., Stricker, J., Zielasek, J., Diekmann, S., Trost, N., Gouzoulis, E.,  Bonroy,  B., Cullen, K., Desie, K., Mulliez, A. E., Gerlinger, G. Günther, K., Hiemstra, H. J., McDaid, S., Murphy, C., Sander, J., Sebbane, D., Roeland, J., Thorpe, L., Topolska, D., Van Assche, E., Van Daele, T.,  Van den Broeck, L., Versluis, C., Vlijter, O. (2020).  upscaling e-mental health in Europe: a six-country analysis and policy recommendations from the eMEN project. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

Scheveneels, S., Boddez, Y., Van Daele, T., & Hermans, D. (2019). Virtually unexpected: No role of expectancy violation in virtual reality exposure for public speaking anxiety. Frontiers in Psychology-Psychopathology. 10, 2849. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02849

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

Karekla, M., Kasinopoulos, O., Neto, D., Ebert, D. D., Van Daele, T., Nordgreen, T., Höfer, S., Oeverland, S., & Jensen, K. L. (2019). Best Practices and Recommendations for Digital Interventions to Improve Engagement and Adherence in Chronic Illness Sufferers. European Psychologist, 24(1), 49-67. doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000349

Ebert, D. D., Van Daele, T., Nordgreen, T. Karekla, M., Compare, T. A., Zarbo, C., … (on behalf of the EFPA E-Health Taskforce) & Baumeister, H. (2018). Internet and mobile-based psychological interventions: applications, efficacy and potential for improving mental health. A report of the EFPA e-health taskforce. European Psychologist, 23(2), 167-187. doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000318

Viaene, A. S., Van Daele, T., Bleys, D., Faust, K., Massa, G. G. (2017). Fear of hypoglycemia, parenting stress, and metabolic control for children with type 1 diabetes and their parents. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 74-81. doi:10.1007/s10880-017-9489-8

Van Daele, T., Frijns, C., & Lievens, J. (2016). How do students and lecturers experience the interactive use of handheld technology in large enrolment courses? British Journal of Educational Technology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/bjet.12500

Meulders, A., Van Daele, T., Volders, S., & Vlaeyen, Y. (2016). The impact of safety behavior on exposure-based reduction of fear and anxiety: a meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 45, 144-156. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2016.02.002

Van Daele, T., Vansteenwegen, D., Hermans, D., Van den Bergh, O., & Van Audenhove, C. (2015). Home nurses and patient depression. Attitudes, competences and the effects of a minimal intervention. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71, 126-135. doi:10.1111/jan.12476

Van Daele, T., Griffiths, J. W., Van den Bergh, O., & Hermans, D. (2014). Overgeneral autobiographical memory predicts changes in depression in a community sample. Cognition & Emotion, 28, 1303-1312. doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.879052

Van Daele, T., Van Audenhove, C., Hermans, D., Van den Bergh, O., & Van den Broucke, S. (2014). Empowerment implementation: Enhancing fidelity and adaptation in a psychoeducational intervention. Health Promotion International, Health Promotion International, 29(2), 212-222. doi:10.1093/heapro/das070

Van Daele, T., Van Audenhove, C., Vansteenwegen, D., Hermans, D., & Van den Bergh, O. (2013). Effectiveness of a six session stress reduction program for groups. Mental Health and Prevention, 1, 19-25. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.12.005

Van Daele, T., Van den Bergh, O., Van Audenhove, C., Raes, F., & Hermans, D. (2013). Reduced Memory Specificity Predicts the Acquisition of Problem Solving Skills in Psychoeducation. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 135-140. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.12.005

Van Daele, T., Hermans, D., Van Audenhove, C., & Van den Bergh, O. (2012). Stress reduction through psychoeducation: a meta-analytic review. Health Education & Behavior, 39(4), 474-485. doi:10.1177/1090198111419202

Articles in other academic journals

Van Daele, T. & Van Assche, E. (2019). Blended therapie: een basis voor betere zorg? GZ-Psychologie 11, 24-29. doi:10.1007/s41480-019-0002-x

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).

Vranken, E., Verhaegen, D., Excelmans, E., Cobbaert, J., & Van Daele T. (2018). Elke klinisch psycholoog een elektronisch patiëntendossier: een stap vooruit of een noodzakelijk kwaad? [Every clinical psychologist an electronic patient file: a step forward, or a necessary evil?] Tijdschrift Klinische Psychologie, 48(1), 51-62.

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.

Van Daele, T. (2017). Grenzen verleggen [Pushing boundaries]. Tijdschrift Klinische Psychologie, 47(1), 2-3.

Van Daele T. & Vanhoomissen, T. (2015). Portable technology in mental healthcare. De Psycholoog, Special edition, 34-39.

Van Daele, T. (2015). Psychotherapie effectief voor de behandeling van depressie in de eerste lijn? [Psychotherapy effective for the treatment of depression in primary care?]. Minerva: Tijdschrift voor Evidence-based Medicine, Online, 288.

Van Daele T. & Vanhoomissen, T. (2015). Draagbare technologie in de geestelijke gezondheidszorg [Wearables in mental health care]. Tijdschrift Klinische Psychologie, 45(1), 9-14.

Van Daele, T. (2014). Psychologische behandelingen voor depressie en angst bij dementie zijn mogelijk effectief [Psychological treatments for depression and anxiety in dementia are possibly effective]. Minerva: Tijdschrift voor Evidence-based Medicine, Online, 237.

Van Daele, T. (2014). De thuisverpleegkundige, een belangrijke partner in de vermaatschappelijking van de geestelijke gezondheidszorg [The home nurse, an important  partner in the socialisation of mental healthcare]. Psyche, 26(2), 17-19.

Van Daele T., Hermans, D., Van den Bergh, O., & Van Audenhove, C. (2014). De meerwaarde van gezondheidspromotie en preventie binnen de GGZ. [The added value of mental health promotion and prevention in MHC]. Tijdschrift Klinische Psychologie, 44(2), 120-129.

Van Daele, T. (2014). Het nut van cognitieve gedragstherapie bij therapieresistente depressie [The use of cognitive behavioural therapy in treatment resistant depression]. Huisarts Nu, 43(1), 7-8.

Van Daele, T. (2012). Computergestuurde zelfhulp een meerwaarde voor hulpzoekende adolescenten met depressieve symptomen? [Does computerized self-help offer advantages for help seeking adolescents with depressive symptoms?]. Minerva: Tijdschrift voor Evidence-based Medicine, 11(10), 121-122.

Van Daele, T., Hermans, D., Vansteenwegen, D., Van Audenhove, C., & Van den Bergh, O (2010). Preventie van stress, angst en depressie door psycho-educatie: een overzicht van interventies [Prevention of stress, anxiety and depression using psychoeducation: an overview of interventions]. Psychologie & Gezondheid, 38(5), 224-235.


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). Flemish UTAUT-questionnaires. Antwerp: Applied Psychology, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences

Van Daele, T., Vansteenwegen, D., Hermans, D., Van Audenhove, C., Van den Bergh, O. (2013). Implementeren van online en GGZ-interventies in de thuiszorg. Leuven: Steunpunt Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin.