Keeping up to date with network analysis – 8 & 9 December 2022
EPP symposium 146

A new approach – the network theory – is gaining ground in clinical psychology. This approach views mental disorders as networks of interacting symptoms and does not assume a single underlying cause. In this symposium, the rationale for adopting a network approach in psychology will be explained, and students will gain hands-on experience with its practical applications. As some participants may already have experience with network analysis, we will offer two different work-shops – one basic and one more advanced – that will be given in parallel, thus participants must decide beforehand which workshop they want to attend. In addition, there will be room for conceptual discussions – fueled by recent debates about the clinical utility of the network approach and its implications for the field of experimental psychopathology – and students will be encouraged to critically think about how and when (not) to apply network analyses in their own research.

December 8 – 9, 2022

Landgoed de Horst, Driebergen


Lotte Gerritsen (UU), Renée Visser (UvA), Laurens Kemp (UM)


December 8

10.30 – 11.00 Arrival + Coffee/Tea
11.00 – 12.00 Anne Roefs (Maastricht University) – The network approach to psychopathology. Developments and challenges
12.00 – 13.00 Denny Borsboom (University of Amstedam) –  What’s in a symptom? Network analyses and network theories of mental disorders
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Interactive session (supervised by NSMD PhD students)
17.00 – 20.00 Drinks + dinner

December 9



09.00 – 12.00 Basic or more advanced workshop network analysis (by Ria Hoekstra and Gaby Lunansky, University of Amsterdam)
12.00 – 12.15 Short break
12.15 – 12.45 PhD talk by Laurens Kemp: Learning Asymmetries and Personality Traits
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Tessa Blanken (University of Amsterdam) – Network Intervention Analysis: Using network analysis to explore sequential and symptom-specific treatment effects and processes
15.00 – 15.15 Closure




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