Anna-Carlotta Zarski

Anna-Carlotta Zarski
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg | FAU · Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

PhD

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September 2015 - June 2021
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Position
  • Research Associate
January 2014 - August 2015
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
October 2008 - October 2013
Philipps University of Marburg
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (44)
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Introduction: Although evidence-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adolescents and young adults exist, affected youth do not have sufficient access to these treatments due to structural and attitudinal barriers. Internet- and mobile-based interventions (IMIs) can help fill this healthcare gap, but such programmes have not...
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Sexual dysfunctions are highly prevalent and undertreated. Internet- and mobile-based psychological interventions (IMIs) could be a promising addition to close this treatment gap, given their accessibility, anonymity, and scalability. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigated the efficacy of IMIs for sexual dysfunctions. A comprehensive...
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BACKGROUND Depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions in college/ university student populations. Offering transdiagnostic, web-based prevention programs, such as ICare Prevent, to those with subclinical complaints has the potential to reduce some barriers to receiving help, e.g., availability of services, privacy considerations, an...
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Das Vaginaltraining beschreibt eine therapeutische Übungssequenz bei sexuellen Störungen, die mit Schwierigkeiten, Schmerzen, Ängsten und Verkrampfungen in Bezug auf die vaginale Penetration beim Geschlechtsverkehr einhergehen. Im Sinne einer graduierten Exposition in vivo üben betroffene Frauen das vaginale Einführen mit Vaginaltrainern (Dilatoren...
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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of an internet-based treatment for Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder (GPPPD) which adversely affects women's sexuality and is associated with reduced well-being and mental health comorbidities. Method: Two-hundred women with GPPPD (no penetrative intercourse ≥6 months) were rand...
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Background Online preventive interventions can help to reduce the incidence of mental disorders. Whereas knowledge on stakeholders’ attitudes and factors relevant for successfully integrating online treatment into existing healthcare systems is available, knowledge is scarce for online prevention. Methods Stakeholders from Germany, Switzerland, Au...
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Background Students beginning university are at a heightened risk for developing mental health disorders. Online prevention and early intervention programmes targeting mental health have the potential to reduce this risk, however, previous research has shown uptake to be rather poor. Understanding university stakeholders’ (e.g. governing level and...
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Background Internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) is a viable delivery format of CBT for depression. However, iCBT programmes include training in a wide array of cognitive and behavioural skills via different delivery methods, and it remains unclear which of these components are more efficacious and for whom. Methods We did a systematic revi...
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Introduction: Internet- and mobile-based interventions (IMIs) and their integration into routine psychotherapy (i.e., blended therapy) can offer a means of complementing psychotherapy in a flexible and resource optimized way. Objective: The present study will evaluate the non-inferiority, cost-effectiveness, and safety of two versions of integrated...
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Depression is highly prevalent among university students. Internet-based interventions have been found to be effective in addressing depressive symptoms, but it is open if this also applies to interventions directed at academic stress. It is also largely unclear if the techniques employed in such programs provide significant additional benefits whe...
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Background: Despite a large body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress for children and adolescents, the adoption of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) in routine care is low. Objective: This implementation study aims to evaluate the dissemination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (...
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Background: Internet interventions have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety disorders. Most interventions to date focus on single disorders and disregard potential comorbidities. Objective: The aim of this mixed-methods study was to investigate feasibility, user experience, and effects of a newly developed individually tailored transd...
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Sleep disturbances and insomnia are common in college students, and reduce their quality of life and academic performance. The aim of this meta‐analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of psychological interventions aimed at improving sleep in college students. A meta‐analysis was conducted with 10 randomized controlled trials with passive control con...
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UNSTRUCTURED Background: Emerging evidence indicates the effectiveness of Internet-based mobile supported stress management (iSMIs) in highly stressed employees. It is yet unclear, however, whether iSMIs are also effective without a preselection process in a universal prevention approach which more closely resembles routine occupational health care...
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Background: Emerging evidence indicates the effectiveness of internet-based mobile-supported stress management interventions (iSMIs) in highly stressed employees. It is yet unclear, however, whether iSMIs are also effective without a preselection process in a universal prevention approach, which more closely resembles routine occupational health c...
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Context: Internet Use Disorder (IUD), characterized as the inability to control one's internet use, is emerging as an increasing societal concern as it is associated with reduced quality of life and mental health comorbidities. Evidence-based treatment options are, however, scarce due to the novelty of the diagnosis. Internet- and mobile-based inte...
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BACKGROUND Internet interventions have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety disorders. Most interventions to date focus on single disorders and disregard potential comorbidities. OBJECTIVE The aim of this mixed-methods study was to investigate feasibility, user experience, and effects of a newly developed individually tailored transdiagn...
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Background: Adherence reflects the extent to which individuals experience or engage with the content of online interventions and poses a major challenge. Neglecting to examine and report adherence and its relation to outcomes can compromise the interpretation of research findings. Objective: The aim of this systematic review is to analyze how adher...
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Background: Mental disorders are highly prevalent among university students. Distance- learning students are particularly burdened and have limited access to conventional university health services. Interventions for stress are sought after in distance learners and may help increase treatment coverage. Internet-based interventions have been shown t...
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UNSTRUCTURED Adherence reflects the extent to which individuals experience or engage with the content of online interventions and poses a major challenge. Neglecting to examine and report adherence and its relation to outcomes can compromise the interpretation of research findings. The aim of this systematic review is to analyze how adherence is ac...
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Hintergrund: Schwierigkeiten, Geschlechtsverkehr zu haben trotz bestehenden Wunsches, stellen für Frauen mit Genito-Pelviner Schmerz-Penetrationsstörung (GPSPS) eine große Belastung dar. Die Verfügbarkeit spezifischer Therapieangebote für sexuelle Funktionsstörungen bei Frauen ist begrenzt und existierende Therapiemöglichkeiten werden oftmals aus S...
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Introduction: Depression is highly prevalent and often accompanied by comorbid anxiety disorder. Internet-based interventions have shown to be one effective treatment modality; however, comorbidities are often not targeted. Transdiagnostic tailored internet-and mobile-based interventions (IMIs) might be promising to overcome such issues. Aim: This...
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Background: Although internet-based and mobile-based stress management interventions (iSMIs) may be a promising strategy to reach employees suffering from high chronic stress, it remains unknown whether participants with high symptom severity of depression or anxiety also benefit from iSMIs or should be excluded. Objective: This study aimed to e...
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Background: Depression and anxiety are highly prevalent and often co-occur. Several studies indicate the potential of disorder-specific psychological interventions for the prevention each of these disorders. To treat comorbidity, transdiagnostic treatment concepts seem to be a promising approach, however, evidence for transdiagnostic concepts of pr...
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Background: Depression and anxiety are common and co-morbid disorders that affect a significant proportion of students. Innovative prevention strategies targeting both conditions are needed to reduce their health burden and costs. ICare Prevent is such an innovative strategy and contains a transdiagnostic individually tailored Internet-based and m...
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Background Mental health problems are common and place a burden on the individual as well as on societal resources. Despite the existence of evidence-based treatments, access to treatment is often prevented or delayed due to insufficient health care resources. Effective internet-based self-help interventions have the potential to reduce the risk fo...
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IntroductionGenito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD) not only adversely affects women’s sexuality and sexual satisfaction but is also associated with a wide range of psychosocial consequences such as reduced quality of life and well-being, mental health comorbidities, and relationship distress. Evidence for effective treatment options is sca...
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Background: Many individuals engaging in Internet-based interventions fail to complete these treatments as intended. The processes responsible for treatment adherence in Internet-based interventions are still poorly understood. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent adherence in an Internet-based intervention can be p...
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Interview guideline – individually tailored questions.
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Excerpt from the Internet - and Mobile based stress intervention for college students StudiCare.
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Flow of participants (CONSORT flow chart) [IG = intervention group, CG = control group, CONSORT = Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials].
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Introduction Academic education is often associated with increased stress and adverse effects on mental health. Internet-based interventions have shown to be effective in reducing stress-related symptoms. However, college students as target group so far have not been reached appropriately with psychological interventions and little is known about c...
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Adherence is a major challenge in online interventions. Neglecting to examine adherence and its relation to outcomes can compromise the interpretation of research findings. The aim of this research project is to systematically review how adherence is accounted for in publications on online interventions for common mental health disorders and to pro...
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Introduction: Difficulties with vaginal penetration can severely affect a woman's desire to have sexual intercourse, her sexual and general well-being, or her partnership. However, treatment opportunities for vaginismus are scarce. Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of an internet-based guided self-help intervention for vaginismus in a randomized con...
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Internet- und mobilbasierte Interventionen (IMIs) bieten die Möglichkeit, das Versorgungsspektrum für psychische Erkrankungen zu ergänzen. Sie können als evidenzbasierte niedrigschwellige Angebote sowohl Betroffene erreichen, die klassische psychotherapeutische Maßnahmen vor Ort trotz Bedarf nicht in Anspruch nehmen, als auch in diese integriert we...
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Background: Nonadherence to treatment is a prevalent issue in Internet interventions. Guidance from health care professionals has been found to increase treatment adherence rates in Internet interventions for a range of physical and mental disorders. Evaluating different guidance formats of varying intensity is important, particularly with respect...
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Background Anxiety and depression in children and adolescents are undertreated. Computer- and Internet-ato regular face-to-face treatment.This meta-analysis aims to evaaluate whether cCBT is effective for treating symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth. Methods and Findings. We conducted systematic searches in bibliographical databases up to D...
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Anxiety and depression in children and adolescents are undertreated. Computer- and Internet-based cognitive behavioral treatments (cCBT) may be an attractive treatment alternative to regular face-to-face treatment.This meta-analysis aims to evaluate whether cCBT is effective for treating symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth. Methods and Find...
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Background Internet- and mobile based stress-management interventions (iSMI) may be an effective means to address the negative consequences of occupational stress. However, available results from randomised controlled trials are conflicting. Moreover, it is yet not clear whether guided or unguided self-help iSMI provide better value for money. Inte...

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Projects (7)
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The interest group Clinical Sexual Psychology consists of psychologists who consider the topic of sexuality with all its facets within the framework of their scientific and practical activities in the fields of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. This includes, among others, the topics of sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, gender role, paraphilias, sexual as well as couples therapy.
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The interest group Clinical Sexual Psychology consists of psychologists who consider the topic of sexuality with all its facets within the framework of their scientific and practical activities in the fields of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. This includes, among others, the topics of sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, gender role, paraphilias, sexual as well as couples therapy.
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In this project, we aim to disseminate Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2016) for children and adolescents who suffer from posttraumatic stress symptoms after child abuse and neglect (CAN) within the German Healthcare system. Within the project we train licensed psychotherapists and psychotherapists in training with a web-based training and followed by a live workshop. The dissemination will include child and youth welfare workers and pediatricians, who will be recruited and trained in trauma-related concepts and a trauma screening procedure to facilitate better pathways for youths to evidence-based care for trauma-related disorders. In a cluster randomized trial, half of the therapists will receive additional fortnightly case consultations. The primary outcome measure is the number of sufficiently adherent therapies received by the treated youths. The study is supported by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to four centers: Regina Steil, Frankfurt, who is the overall chairwomen of the BESTforCAN research network and responsible for the licensed psychotherapists, Hanna Christiansen, Marburg, who is in charge of the dissemination to psychotherapists in training, Rita Rosner, Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, who is responsible for the trainings and case consultations, and Daniel Ebert, Munich, who acts as the coordination center for the clinical trial. We have created a scientific website that can also be used by everyone including study participants: www.bestforcan.de and a website addressing young people who may have experienced neglect and abuse: www.du-auch.de. The study was registered with the DRKS (German Clinical Trials Register, https://www.drks.de/DRKS00020516), and a detailed protocol published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.