Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer

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Research areas

The mental mHealth Lab, headed by Ulrich Ebner-Priemer, is a leading institution on mHealth approaches for mental disorders. Our work is characterized by its methodological focus on Ambulatory Assessment (sometimes also called EMA, ESM or digital phenotyping). Covered by national and international grants, we provide the technological mHealth framework, real-time compliance monitoring, and expertise on data analyses for multiple studies which

a) assess momentary mechanisms in daily life (‘EmpowerYou’, ‘STAR’, ‘START’, and ‘RELATER’, each funded by the BMBF [Federal Ministry of Education and Research) as well as ‘Eat2beNice’ funded by H2020 European Union and ‘DYNABPD’ [EB 364/6-1] funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG),
b) monitor illness trajectories over months and years (‘Mobile infrastructure for daily life research’ (S02) and ‘Intense characterization of triggers, modifying factors and mechanisms at course transition points in human addiction’ (A04), both funded within the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 265/DFG: Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake, and
c) provide mHealth interventions (‘TherapyBuilder’ and ‘BipoLife’, each funded by BMBF as well as ‘CoCa’ funded by H2020 European Union).

Together with our technological partner movisens, we developed an unique system of connected assessment tools with real-time analysis and feedback capabilities. Our lab has published more than 100 papers on mHealth, including outlets like Nature Neuroscience, Lancet Psychiatry, Science Advances, or Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, covering a broad range of mental disorders (Borderline personality disorder, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorders, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, alcohol use disorder, etc.). Ulrich Ebner-Priemer was president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA), the international society for mHealth, and is the current chair of the ECNP network “digital Health”.


2010 –

Chair of Applied Psychology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
2008 – 2010
Interim professor, Department of Educational Psychology & House of Competence, University of Karlsruhe (TH)


Habilitation at the Medical Faculty Mannheim at the University Heidelberg, Germany. Habilitation thesis “Affective instability and dissociative symptoms in patients with borderline personality disorder: Studies in the laboratory and daily life”. Venia legendi for neuropsychology, clinical psychology and medical psychology.
Visiting scholar at the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), University of Washington, Seattle, USA (Prof. M. Linehan)
2003 – 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany; Head of the study group psychophysiology

Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Freiburg, Germany
Pr. phil., June, 2003

Ph.D. thesis: Psychophysiological Ambulatory Monitoring in Psychiatric Research – An Investigation in Borderline Personality Disorder
Reviewer: Prof. Jochen Fahrenberg & Prof. Michael Myrtek
Grade: magna cum laude

1999 – 2003
Ph. D. student at the University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany. Projects on the Startle Response in BPD (Bo 1487/2-1) and Ambulatory Assessment in BPD (Bo 1487/3-1) funded by the German Research Foundation
1998 – 1999
Research Assistant at the Psychophysiology Research Unit, University of Freiburg, Germany (Prof. J. Fahrenberg). Projects on Ambulatory Assessment in Parkinson and posture detection
1994 – 1998
Research Assistant at the University of Freiburg and the University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany
1994 – 1998

Graduate Studies in Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Diplom (M.A. in Psychology), OKtober, 1998

MA thesis: Psychophysiology of exposure therapy - A pilot study with patients suffering from agoraphobia with panic disorder

Reviewer: Prof. D. Riemann & Prof. J. Fahrenberg, Grade: 1.0

1991 – 1994 Undergraduate Studies in Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany; Vordiplom (B.A. in Psychology), September, 1993

Member of the Editorial Board

  • Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Regulation
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Consulting Editor)
  • Clinical Psychological Science (Consulting Editor)

Scientific reviewer

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Research Council (ERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research Foundation Flanders, Schweizer Nationalfonds, Research Council KU Leuven, Israel Science Foundation, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Dutch Brain Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement 2008, 2011, 2013, 2017, IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, International Conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017; Medicine 2.0 congress - 6th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0, asp-Jahrestagung 2015

Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Emotion, Psychological Medicine, Psychophysiology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Developmental Psychology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Psychological Methods, Psychological Assessment, Health Psychology, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, Psychiatry Research, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Personality and Mental Health, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, European Psychologist, European Journal of Personality, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Schizophrenia Research, The Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment, Neurology, Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, Physiological Measurement, Psychology & Health, Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, Journal of Individual Differences, Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Comprehensive Psychiatry, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, PlosOne, Assessment, Child Development, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences, Journal of Affective Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Current research projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG): Mobile infrastructure for daily life research (S02) within the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 265: Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake (07/2019 - 06/2023)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG): Intense characterization of triggers, modifying factors and mechanisms at course transition points in human addiction (A04) within the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 265: Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake (07/2019 - 06/2023)
  • BMBF – 01PB18003B: SRIAS2PRACTICE: Entwicklung und Durchführung von Qualifizierungsmaßnahmen, die Erkenntnisse aus SriAS zu motivationalen und emotionalen Bedingungen gelingender Selbstregulation und zur Verringerung von Prokrastination im studentischen Lernalltag in die Hochschulpraxis transferieren – Teilprojekt KIT (02/2019-01/2021)
  • BMBF - 01ISI8019C: "Prozess und Plattform zur MPG-konformen Generierung von mobilen digitalen Therapiesystemen für psychische und lebensstilassoziierte Erkrankungen (TherapyBuilder)" (09/2018-08/2021)
  • BMBF - 01KR1806C: EMPOWERYOU Entwicklung, Adaption, softwaretechnische Umsetzung und Evaluation von Assessments zu sozialen Informationsverarbeitungs-prozessen im Alltag, sowie deren Einsatz zur prospektive Prädiktion von Viktimisierung und Therapieerfolg in Kooperation mit den anderen Subprojekten (02/2019-01/2023)
  • BMBF - 01EF1807C: START - Interventionseffekte psychotherapeutischer Interventionen bei traumatisierten Flüchtlingen auf alltäglichen Distress, Emotionsregulation und Peer-Konflikte erfasst über elektronische Tagebücher (02/2019-01/2023)
  • BMBF - 01EF1803B: RELATER - Verbesserung der Kommunikation bei der psychiatrischen Versorgung von geflüchteten Menschen - Teilprojekt KIT (02/2019-01/2023)
  • BMBF 01GL1747D: "Who does stop? Using daily mechanisms to predict reduction in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury” STAR (11/2017-10/2022)
  • EU - H2020 – 728018: Eat2beNICE: Effects of Nutrition and Lifestyle on Impulsive, Compulsive, and Externalizing behaviours (06/2017-05/2022)
  • EU - H2020 – 667302: COCA - Establish the role of the circadian system as a link between ADHD and its comorbidities (01/2016 - 06/2021)

Scientific Associations: Membership and Functions

  • Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA): president [2012-2017], general secretary [2008-2010], founding member
  • European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP): chair of the network Digital Health; member of the New Frontiers Meeting Committee
  • International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)