Cutting-edge research by the world’s leading experts in e-mental health since 2008

HelloBetter is not just a provider of digital health applications – we are a team of passionate researchers and patient-oriented psychotherapists. Sustainable improvement of the mental healthcare system can only be achieved with the best technical expertise in e-mental health.

The case for digital health applications

Digital health applications have the potential to
meet the huge challenges posed by mental health care.

  • Every year in Germany around 30 percent of adults are affected by mental illness (Jacobi et al., 2014)

  • Though Germany provides an excellent level of care by international standards, over half of those affected by mental illness do not seek help (Mack et al., 2014)

  • On average, people suffering mental health problems only begin treatment after 6 to 8 years, once their illness has become chronic (Wang, Berglund et al., 2005; Wang, Angermeyer et al., 2007)

  • Even if treatment is provided, 6 out of 10 people do not receive the appropriate treatment for their illness (Trautmann & Beesdo-Baum, 2017; Gaebel et al., 2013)

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Scientific evaluations of our online courses

The effectiveness of our online psychological courses has been assessed in over 32 randomised controlled trials which have been published or are about to be. The results show that our online courses are effective when compared with traditional face-to-face therapy.

What is e-mental health?

  • internet-based treatments which allow patients to anonymously and independently improve their own wellbeing
  • mental healthcare options accessed via the internet with a low entry threshold

Why do we need e-mental health?

  • psychological barriers (e.g. fear of being stigmatized or the desire to tackle problems independently) are one of the main reasons why patients don’t seek traditional treatment
  • e-mental health courses are used first and foremost by people who would not seek help otherwise
  • digital courses can be used irrespective of place, time or ambulatory care
  • research has shown that e-mental health treatment options effectively alleviate mental health problems
  • cost-effective and flexible online options can be as effective as traditional in-person psychotherapy

Who are the researchers behind HelloBetter?

HelloBetter brings together recognized experts with talented researchers in different areas of e-mental health. Let us introduce the people behind our research.

Dr. rer. habil. David Ebert
Dr. rer. habil. David Ebert Dipl.-Psych.

Development and evaluation of internet-based interventions for promoting mental health
Psychotherapy research
Depression prevention
Digital diagnostics
Implementation research & public policy

Dr. Elena Heber
Dr. Elena Heber Dipl.-Psych.

Development and evaluation of internet-based interventions for promoting mental health
Implementation research
Occupational e-mental health
Stress & depression

Dr. Hanne Horvath
Dr. Hanne Horvath Dipl.-Psych.

Development and evaluation of internet-based interventions for promoting mental health
Sleep & regeneration

Dr. Alena Rentsch
Dr. Alena Rentsch M.Sc., Psychological Psychotherapist

Development of internet-based interventions for promoting mental health
Prevention
Dependency disorders
Mindfulness-based treatments

Dr. Lara Ebenfeld
Dr. Lara Ebenfeld M.Sc. Psychologist

Development and evaluation of internet-based interventions for promoting mental health
Mobile mental health
Anxiety disorders

Mathias Harrer
Mathias Harrer M.Sc. Psychologist

Predictive modeling & AI
Personalized sensing
Student mental health

Marvin Franke
Marvin Franke M.Sc. Psychologist

Acceptance-facilitating interventions
Student mental health
Chatbot research

Anne Etzelmüller
Anne Etzelmüller Dipl.-Psych., Psychological Psychotherapist

Implementation research
Effectiveness under routine conditions

Ingrid Titzler
Ingrid Titzler M.Sc. Psychologist

Implementation research
Blended therapy

Dr. Anna-Carlotta Zarski
Dr. Anna-Carlotta Zarski Dipl.-Psych.

Sexual health and sexual dysfunction in women
Internet-based prevention and treatment of mental illnesses
Transdiagnostic approaches for affective disorders
Precision psychotherapy

Our scientists are frequently cited by other researchers

With over 120 published articles and papers to date our researchers are making an important contribution to e-mental health research. The demand for these articles is reflected in the number of citations, which has been increasing steadily for years.

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Advisory Board Members

HelloBetter is proud to work with world-leading experts in e-mental health and to benefit from their guidance. They include the following members of our Advisory Board.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Lehr
Prof. Dr. Dirk Lehr

Prof. Dr. Dirk Lehr is Professor of Health Psychology and Applied Biological Psychology at Leuphana University Lüneburg. A medical psychologist and psychological psychotherapist with years of experience, his research focuses on occupational health interventions, particularly in the context of stress, sleep and depressive disorders.

Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Funk
Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Funk

Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Funk is Professor of Computer Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His research includes looking at innovative, data-driven “quantified self” methods in e-mental health interventions.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking
Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking

Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Dr. Berking ranks among Germany’s top psychotherapy and emotion researchers. He is a pioneer in the research of app-based treatment methods.

Prof. Dr. Heleen Riper
Prof. Dr. Heleen Riper

Prof. Dr. Heleen Riper is Professor of E-Mental Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Professor Riper is former president of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII). She has worked on over 40 national and international research projects on the development of innovative digital concepts for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems.

Prof. Dr. Ron Kessler
Prof. Dr. Ron Kessler

Prof. Dr. Ron Kessler is McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Professor Kessler is one of the most renowned psychiatric-oriented researchers worldwide. He works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO). With over 600 published articles Professor Kessler is one of the most cited researchers in quantitative social sciences.

Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger
Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger

Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Tübingen University. Professor Hautzinger is a leading and groundbreaking researcher in cognitive behavioural therapy for affective disorders in Germany. He has also authored numerous manuals and textbooks on clinical psychology and behavioural therapy, and developed the German version of the Beck Depression Inventory, a key resource for diagnosing depression.

Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers
Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers

Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. With more than 500 peer-reviewed publications he is one of the world’s most eminent depression researchers. Together with Professor Andersson he is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of digital psychological interventions and prevention research.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Andersson
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Andersson

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Andersson is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University in Sweden. Professor Andersson has conducted trailblazing research on online treatments for mental health problems, and is one of the most high-profile researchers in the field.

Prof. Dr. C. Barr Taylor
Prof. Dr. C. Barr Taylor

Prof. Dr. C. Barr Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Stanford University. Professor Taylor is one of the most renowned researchers in the field of eating disorders and the research of primary and secondary digital prevention concepts.

We have the strongest evidence base – globally

No other e-mental health start-up worldwide has tested its products to the same degree as HelloBetter. The following graphic shows the number of randomised controlled trials per company. Randomised controlled means that a clinical study is carried out in accordance with strict criteria for the assignment of individuals to a trial group and for the comparison of these groups.