Leen has a background in Special Needs Education and trained as a Clinical and Health Psychologist in Belgium. She completed her PhD studies at the University of East Anglia focusing on the development and evaluation of computer programmes to train CBT skills in people with learning disabilities. Leen is currently appointed as a junior professor of Psychological Interventions in Inclusive Contexts at Bielefeld University. She is particularly interested in how (assistive) technologies can promote inclusion.
Leen Vereenooghe summarises a recent review paper that presents the state of the evidence and future directions for digital mental health and people with intellectual disabilities.[read the full story...]
Leen Vereenooghe presents the results of an RCT of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for people with learning disabilities, featuring the computer game “Pesky gNATs: The Feel Good Island”.[read the full story...]
Leen Vereenooghe summarises the TOP-COG study (Towards Onset Prevention of COGnitive decline in adults with Down syndrome). This pilot RCT highlights the need to educate people with learning disabilities and their carers about the importance of research participation.[read the full story...]
Leen Vereenooghe summarises a systematic review of the use of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to treat depression in people with learning disabilities.[read the full story...]
Mental health problems are common in the population of people with learning disabilities. Previous research has also found a strong association between social deprivation and mental health problems.
Here, Leen Vereenooghe looks at a study, which sets out to look at what impact living in deprived areas might have on people with learning disabilities accessing community psychiatric services.[read the full story...]
In this blog, Leen Vereenooghe looks at a pilot study of the use of behavioural activation to alleviate depressive symptoms in adults with learning disabilities[read the full story...]
Mindfulness has been offered as a way to help reduce stress in family and carers but few studies have as yet looked directly at the effects of offering mindfulness-based interventions to people with learning disabilities themselves.
In her debut blog, Leen Vereenhooghe looks at an attempt to evaluate a mindfulness group in an inpatient assessment and treatment unit through the experiences of those who took part.[read the full story...]