Marieke A. Helmich


I am Marieke Helmich, a PhD candidate living and working in Groningen.

My work focuses on idiographic change in depression, such as mood and symptom improvement in intensive longitudinal data, measured with Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA). Currently, my research focuses on examining the trajectories of individual time series and drawing on complex dynamical systems theory and psychotherapy research.

In my free time, I love to spend time bouldering (indoor rock climbing), cooking, baking sourdough bread, playing video and board games and sleeping. I also keep busy with creative hobbies, such as painting, photography, and sewing, and I keep a mini jungle of plants in my flat and grow my own vegetables outdoors in my garden.

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PhD Project

Transitions in Depression (TRANS-ID) Recovery

My PhD research falls under the larger Transitions in Depression (TRANS-ID) project. My share of the project, TRANS-ID Recovery, focuses on transitions towards symptom improvements, for which I have lead the data collection from May 2017 to May 2020.

The aim of the TRANS-ID Recovery project is to investigate whether we can find Early Warning Signals that signal imminent symptom changes, by looking for changes in the dynamics of moment-to-moment affect. In other words, if a patient's mood becomes more 'stuck' when comparing one moment to the next, or starts to fluctuate more strongly over time, we may expect that they are experiencing some kind of 'destabilization' that could lead to positive symptom change. Results are not in yet, but work is in progress!

More information about the project, an overview of the team members, and all publications related to the project, as well as (Dutch) lay summaries can be found on transid.nl.

I have also made various project materials available on the open science framework.