October 19-20, 2017: Transdiagnostic variables
EPP Symposium

Conventional classification systems of mental disorders, such as the DSM-5, define psychopathology and substance use disorders as distinct, independent, and categorical constructs. This implies that a patient either meets the diagnostic threshold for a particular mental disorder or not (categorical). As a result, the disorder does not overlap with other disorders (distinct), and therefore presence of the disorder should (in theory) not raise the odds of having another disorder (independent). These assumptions are challenged both by clinical experience and empirical research. Indeed, plentiful scientific studies seem to suggest that trans-diagnostic processes (including (irregularities in) sleep and memory) are at play in the etiology and treatment of psychopathology. As a consequence, trans-diagnostic models of psychopathology are emerging because they hold promise to increase our conceptual understanding of fundamental clinical observations such as comorbidity.

Within this two-day symposium, the theoretical need for trans-diagnostic models as well as the current evidence for the importance of the trans-diagnostic processes such as sleep, memory and overgeneralization will be explained by leading experts in the respective fields of study. The implications for clinical practice will also be explored as well as venues for future progress.

October 19-20, 2017

Kapellerput, Heeze, The Netherlands

Marlies Brouwer MSc (UU), Ann Meulders (UM, Marc Molendijk (LEI)



Oct 19


10.30 – 11.00 Welcome – Coffee &Tea
11.00 – 12.30 Prof. dr. Philip Spinhoven (LEI)Introduction to theoretical and clinical relevance of transdiagnostic models of psychopathology
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Filip Raes (KU Leuven) – (Overgeneral) memory as a transdiagnostic variable
14.30 – 15.30 Bram Vervliet (KU Leuven) – (Over)generalization as a transdiagnostic process
15.30 – 16.00

16.00 – 16.30


16.30 – 18.00

Short break – Coffee & Tea

Marjolein Hanssen (Maastricht University) – Resilience as a transdiagnostic variable

Practical group assignment introduction and preparation

18.00 – 19.00 Break to dress-up for dinner and drinks in the bar
19.00 – late Dinner


Oct 20

09.00–10.00 Mitzy Kennis (UU) – Neurobiological processes across disorders
10.00 –11.00 PhD presentations 1. Laura Stenhuis MSc. –“The role of parenting and family functioning in the development of psychotic experiences in adolescence (TRAILS)”
11.00 –11.15 Short break – Coffee & Tea
11.15 –12.15 Preparation practical group assignments
12.15 –13.15 Lunch
13.15 –14.15 Lucia Talamini (UvA) – Sleep as a transdiagnostic variable
14.15 –15.30 Practical group assignment, group discussion, closing