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Dr. Lasse B. Sander, Dipl.-Psych., Psychotherapist (CBT, Verhaltenstherapie)

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




Awards and scholarships


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

§  On short-list W2TTW3 Professorship for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

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

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

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

§  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

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] 

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
  • BJPsych Open
  • BMC Psychology
  • BMJopen
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • 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 Psychiatry
  • JAMA Network Open
  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
  • Mental Health and Prevention
  • Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
  • Seminars in Athritis and Rheumatism
  • Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
  • The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (ZKPP)

 Reviewer public funding bodies: 
  • Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) 
  • Health Research Board (Ireland)


  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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