Dr. Lasse B. Sander

Research group leader

Dr. Lasse B. Sander

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
c/o Medizinische Fakultät, Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und Medizinische Soziologie

Hebelstr 29

79104 Freiburg

Room 02 004


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Tel: +49-761-203-5519

Meetings by appointment


Research interests 


  • E-Mental-Health
  • Personalized treatment models in mental health
  • Hard-to-reach and difficult-to-treat target groups in mental health
  • Global Mental Health
  • Prevention of depression and suicide
  • Early detection and smart sensing of mental disorders


Please find my publications and current research projects on Research Gate 

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ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4222-9837




Involvement in appointment processes


  • On short-list (position 3) W3 Professorship for Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Health Technology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (2023)

  • On short-list (position 4) W2TTW3 Professorship for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Georg-August-University Göttingen (2022)

  • On short-list (position 3) W2-Professorship for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (2022)

  • Offer of a tenured Professorship for eHealth in Clinical Psychology at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany (2022, declined)


Awards and scholarships


  • Bertha-Ottenstein-Award 2023 for Gender and Diversity (Group award for the development of a training program in gender-sensitive psychotherapy.

  • Research Fellowship | University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) | 11.2022-04.2023 | EUR max. 41.160

  • Young Mentor Award 2022 presented by the young members group of the section clinical psychology and psychotherapy of the German Society f Psychology

  • Mental Health & Prevention Early Career Researcher Award 2022 presented by a committee formed by the Journal Mental Health & Prevention

  • Best teaching award 2021 (Golden apple) of the students in the clinical master program of the University of Freiburg 

  • Early career award 2020 of the section clinical psychology and psychotherapy of the German Society f Psychology

  • Best teaching award 2020 (Golden apple) of the students in the clinical master program of the University of Freiburg

  • Dissertation award 2019 of the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention

  • Travel scholarship DAAD 2018

  • International Graduate Academy mobility scholarship 2017

  • Travel scholarship DAAD 2016

  • Mobility scholarship of the Dr. Heinrich Kircher Foundation 2016

  • Mobility scholarship of the Dr. Heinrich Kircher Foundation 2015

  • Material subsidy Scientific Society Freiburg 2014



German Research Foundation (DFG): "Effects of internet interventions for depression on suicide ideation - a meta-analysis of individual participant data (IPDMA) | Dr. L. B. Sander (PI), Prof. Dr. H. Baumeister |  01.2022 - 06.2024 | EUR 259.312 (PI)

Innovation Funds (G-BA): "SAD-gB - Development and Validation of a Self-Assessment for Anxiety and Depression in People with Mental Disabilities" | Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Bengel (PI), Dr. A. Helmes, Dr. L. B. Sander (Co-PI), Prof. Dr. M. Wirtz | 03.2020 - 02.2023 | EUR 276.929 (Co-PI)

Teaching development | The University of Freiburg student proposal budget | "Gender-sensitive psychotherapy" - Course development and implementation | Micklitz H. M., Bengel J., Degele N. & Sander L. B. | 01.2022 - 09.2022 | EUR 19.112 


Selected publications

Seiferth, C., Vogel, L., Aas, B. et al. How to e-mental health: a guideline for researchers and practitioners using digital technology in the context of mental health. Nature Mental Health 1, 542–554 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44220-023-00085-1

Büscher R, Beisemann M, Doebler P, Micklitz HM, Kerkhof A, Cuijpers P, Batterham PJ, Calear AL, Christensen H, De Jaegere E, Domhardt M, Erlangsen A, Eylem van Bergeijk O, Hill R, Lungu A, Mühlmann C, Pettit JW, Portzky G, Steubl LS, van Spijker BAJ, Tighe J, Werner-Seidler A, Wilks CR, Sander LB: Digital cognitive-behavioural therapy to reduce suicidal ideation and behaviours: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data. Evid Based Ment Health. 2022 Dec;25(e1):e8-e17. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebmental-2022-300540  [IF: 13.5] 

Moshe I, Terhorst Y, Philippi P, Domhardt M, Cuijpers P, Cristea I, Pulkki-Råback L, Baumeister H, Sander LB: Digital interventions for the treatment of depression: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin. 2021; 147(8):749-786.https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000334 [IF: 17.7] 

Spanhel K, Balci S, Feldhahn F, Bengel J, Sander LB: Cultural Adaptation of Internet- and Mobile-based Interventions for Mental Disorders: A Systematic Review. npj Digital Medicine 2021;4:128. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-021-00498-1 [IF: 11.65]

Sander LB, Paganini S, Terhorst Y, Schlicker S, Lin J, Spanhel K, Buntrock C, Ebert DD, Baumeister H: Effectiveness of a Guided Web-Based Self-help Intervention to Prevent Depression in Patients With Persistent Back Pain: The PROD-BP Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry 2020;77(10):1001-1011.https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1021 [IF: 21.6] 

Baumeister H, Paganini S, Sander LB, Lin J, Schlicker S, Terhorst Y, Moshagen M, Bengel J, Lehr D, Ebert DD: Effectiveness of a Guided Internet- and Mobile-Based Intervention for Patients with Chronic Back Pain and Depression (WARD-BP): A Multicenter, Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 2021; 15:1-14. https://doi.org/10.1159/000511881 [IF: 13.7]

Büscher R, Torok M, Terhorst Y, Sander LB: Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Suicidal Ideation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA NetworkOpen 2020;3(4):e203933. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3933 [IF: 8.48] 

Sander LB, Gerhardinger K, Bailey E, Lin J, Robinson J, Cuijpers P, Mühlmann C: Suicide risk management in research on Internet-based interventions for depression: A synthesis of the current state and recommendations for future research. Journal of Affective Disorders2020;263:676-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.045 [IF: 4.84]



Reviewer and editorial tasks

 Ad-hoc reviewer
  • Archives of Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • Australian  Psychologist
  • Behaviour Research and Therapy (BRAT)
  • BJPsych Open
  • BMC Psychology
  • BMJopen
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  • Cognitive Therapy and Research
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Die Rehabilitation
  • Digital Health
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
  • JAMA Network Open
  • JAMA Psychiatry
  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
  • Mental Health and Prevention
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
  • Seminars in Athritis and Rheumatism
  • Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
  • The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (ZKPP)

 Reviewer for public funding bodies: 
  • Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) 

  • Health Research Board (Ireland)

  • Ministry of Innovation, Science & Technology (Israel)

  • Wellcome trust (UK)

  • JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, USA)


  Guest editor: Frontiers in digital health: Digital suicide prevention 




Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany



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