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Psychosystems:Consolidating Network Approaches to Psychopathology

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙959˙690 €
 EC max contribution 1˙959˙690 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙959˙690.00


 Project objective

I have recently introduced the Network Approach to Psychopathology. This approach is based on the interpretation of mental disorders as causal systems. Such systems have two basic building blocks: symptoms (i.e., problems like insomnia, fatigue, and concentration problems) and connections between symptoms (i.e., causal and homeostatic relations, such as insomnia → fatigue → concentration problems). Together, these building blocks constitute a network, which can be analyzed as a complex system. I have successfully used this approach to explain important phenomena in psychopathology research, such as comorbidity, spontaneous recovery, and prevalence differences between disorders. In addition, I have invented techniques to identify dynamic network structures from time series data, as obtained through experience sampling methodology. This proposal consolidates the Network Approach to Psychopathology through (a) further development and testing of methodologies, and (b) applications of the model to important research domains in clinical psychology. The project is structured in two postdoc projects and two Ph. D. projects. Postdoc project Network estimation and control develops analysis techniques for the estimation of large symptom networks. Postdoc project Early warning signals and transitions investigates whether transitions in symptom networks can be predicted using early warning signals, such as critical slowing down. Ph. D. project Resilience and vulnerability tests the hypothesis that more strongly connected networks are more vulnerable to disorders and investigates whether depressive episodes lead to prolonged changes in network structure. Ph. D. project The dark matter of psychopathology investigates the role of 'anti-symptoms' – networks of positive factors that have buffering effects on symptom networks. This new approach to the study of psychopathology aims to establish a breakthrough in the understanding of mental disorders.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Borsboom, D.; Fried, E.I.; Epskamp, S.; Waldorp, L.J.; van Borkulo, C.D.; van der Maas, H.L.J.; Cramer, A.O.J.
\"False alarm? A comprehensive reanalysis of \"\"evidence that psychopathology symptom networks have limited replicability\"\" by Forbes, Wright, Markon, and Krueger (2017)\"
published pages: , ISSN: 0021-843X, DOI:
urn:issn:0021-843X 3 2019-05-31
2018 Hudson P. Santos, Jolanda J. Kossakowski, Todd A. Schwartz, Linda Beeber, Eiko I. Fried
Longitudinal network structure of depression symptoms and self-efficacy in low-income mothers
published pages: e0191675, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191675
PLOS ONE 13/1 2019-05-31
2017 Jolanda J. Kossakowski, Peter C. Groot, Jonas M. B. Haslbeck, Denny Borsboom, Marieke Wichers
Data from ‘Critical Slowing Down as a Personalized Early Warning Signal for Depression’
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-9863, DOI: 10.5334/jopd.29
Journal of Open Psychology Data 5 2019-05-31
2017 J. M. B. Haslbeck, E. I. Fried
How predictable are symptoms in psychopathological networks? A reanalysis of 18 published datasets
published pages: 2767-2776, ISSN: 0033-2917, DOI: 10.1017/s0033291717001258
Psychological Medicine 47/16 2019-05-31
2018 Bringmann, Laura F.; Ferrer, Emilio; Hamaker, Ellen L.; Borsboom, Denny; Tuerlinckx, Francis
Modeling Nonstationary Emotion Dynamics in Dyads using a Time-Varying Vector-Autoregressive Model
published pages: , ISSN: 0027-3171, DOI:
VOLUME=53;ISSUE=3;STARTPAGE=293;ENDPAGE=314;ISSN=0027-3171;TITLE=Multivariate Behavioral Research 2 2019-05-31
2016 Fried, Eiko I; van Borkulo, Claudia D; Cramer, A.O.J.; Boschloo, Lynn; Schoevers, Robert A.; Borsboom, Denny
Mental disorders as networks of problems: A review of recent insights
published pages: , ISSN: 0933-7954, DOI: 10.13039/501100000781
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 6 2019-05-31
2018 Tessa F. Blanken, Marie K. Deserno, Jonas Dalege, Denny Borsboom, Peter Blanken, Gerard A. Kerkhof, Angélique O. J. Cramer
The role of stabilizing and communicating symptoms given overlapping communities in psychopathology networks
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24224-2
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-31
2018 Jonas M. B. Haslbeck, Lourens J. Waldorp
How well do network models predict observations? On the importance of predictability in network models
published pages: 853-861, ISSN: 1554-3528, DOI: 10.3758/s13428-017-0910-x
Behavior Research Methods 50/2 2019-05-31
2017 Jonas Dalege, Denny Borsboom, Frenk van Harreveld, Lourens J. Waldorp, Han L. J. van der Maas
Network Structure Explains the Impact of Attitudes on Voting Decisions
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05048-y
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-31
2017 Jonas Dalege, Denny Borsboom, Frenk van Harreveld, Han L. J. van der Maas
Network Analysis on Attitudes
published pages: 528-537, ISSN: 1948-5506, DOI: 10.1177/1948550617709827
Social Psychological and Personality Science 8/5 2019-05-31
2017 Matti T. J. Heino, Eiko I. Fried, Etienne P. LeBel
Commentary: Reproducibility in Psychological Science: When Do Psychological Phenomena Exist?
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01004
Frontiers in Psychology 8 2019-05-31
2018 Marsman, M.; Borsboom, D.; Kruis, J.; Epskamp, S.; van Bork, R.; Waldorp, L.J.; van der Maas, H.L.J.; Maris, G.
An introduction to network psychometrics: Relating ising network models to item response theory models
published pages: , ISSN: 0027-3171, DOI:
Multivariate Behavioral Research, 53(1), 15 - 35 2 2019-05-31
2017 Denny Borsboom
A network theory of mental disorders
published pages: 5-13, ISSN: 2051-5545, DOI: 10.1002/wps.20375
World Psychiatry 16 2019-05-31
2018 Fried, Eiko
Replicability and generalizability of PTSD networks: A cross-cultural multisite study of PTSD symptoms in four trauma patient samples
published pages: , ISSN: 2167-7026, DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/3ZQ5U
Clinical Psychological Science 3 2019-05-31

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