Dr. phil. Matthias Domhardt, Dipl.-Psych.

Since 09/2016 Research Associate at Ulm University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
04/2011 - 04/2018 Clinical Psychologist and Research Assistant at Ulm University, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy


10/2011 – 10/2015 Training program in cognitive behavioural therapy with children and adolescents at AZVT Ulm (approbation)
10/2004 – 03/2011 Studies in psychology at Trier University (Trier, Germany) and at Waikato University (Hamilton, New Zealand)

Research interests

  • Psychotherapy research
  • Mechanisms of change
  • Digital mental Health
  • Paediatric psychology
  • Resilience and stress/trauma


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Matthias Domhardt, PhD
Dipl.-Psych., licensed Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist (CBT),
Research Associate

✉  matthias.domhardt(at)uni-ulm.de
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Consultation hours
on appointment

Selected Publications

  • Domhardt, M., Lutsch, A., Sander, L. B., Paganini, S., Spanhel, K., Ebert, D. D., Terhorst, Y., & Baumeister, H. (2023). Mediators of digital depression prevention in patients with chronic backpain: Findings from a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 91(8), 462–473. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000808

  • Lutsch, A. G., Baumeister, H., Paganini, S., Sander, L. B., Terhorst, Y., & Domhardt, M. (2023). Mechanisms of change in digital cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in patients with chronic back pain: A mediation analysis of a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 168, 104369. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2023.104369

  • Domhardt, M., Cuijpers, P., Ebert, D. D., & Baumeister, H. (2021). More Light? Opportunities and Pitfalls in Digitalized Psychotherapy Process Research. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 544129. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.544129

  • Domhardt, M., Engler, S., Nowak, H., Lutsch, A., Baumel, A., & Baumeister, H. (2021). Mechanisms of Change in Digital Health Interventions for Mental Disorders in Youth: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(11), e29742. https://doi.org/10.2196/29742

  • Domhardt, M., Nowak, H., Engler, S., Baumel, A., Grund, S., Mayer, A., Terhorst, Y., & Baumeister, H. (2021). Therapeutic processes in digital interventions for anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analytic structural equation modeling of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Psychology Review, 90, 102084. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2021.102084

  • Domhardt, M., Steubl, L., Boettcher, J., Buntrock, C., Karyotaki, E., Ebert, D. D., Cuijpers, P., & Baumeister, H. (2021). Mediators and mechanisms of change in internet- and mobile-based interventions for depression: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 83, 101953. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101953

  • Moshe, I., Terhorst, Y., Philippi, P., Domhardt, M., Cuijpers, P., Cristea, I., Pulkki-Råback, L., Baumeister, H., & Sander, L. B. (2021). Digital interventions for the treatment of depression: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 147(8), 749-786. https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000334

  • Reinauer, C., Platzbecker, A. L., Viermann, R., Domhardt, M., Baumeister, H., Foertsch, K., . . . Meißner, T. (2021). Efficacy of Motivational Interviewing to Improve Utilization of Mental Health Services Among Youths With Chronic Medical Conditions: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open, 4(10), e2127622. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.27622

  • Domhardt, M., Letsch, J., Kybelka, J., Koenigbauer, J., Doebler, P., & Baumeister, H. (2020). Are Internet- and mobile-based interventions effective in adults with diagnosed panic disorder and/or agoraphobia? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 276, 169-182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.06.059
  • Reins, J.A., Buntrock, C., Zimmermann, J., Grund, S., Harrer, M., Lehr, D., Baumeister, H., Weisel, K., Domhardt, M., Imamura, K., Kawakami, N., Spek, V., Nobis, S., Snoek, F., Cuijpers, P., Klein, J.P., Moritz, S., Ebert, D.D. (2020). Efficacy and Moderators of Internet-Based Interventions in Adults with Subthreshold Depression: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1159/000507819
  • Domhardt, M., Geßlein, H., von Rezori, R., Baumeister, H. (2019). Internet- and mobile-based interventions for anxiety disorders: A meta-analytic review of intervention components. Depression and Anxiety, 36, 213-224. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22860

  • Domhardt, M. & Baumeister, H. (2018). Psychotherapy of adjustment disorders: current state and future directions. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 19, sup1, S21-S35. https://doi.org/10.1080/15622975.2018.1467041

  • Domhardt, M., Münzer, A., Fegert, J. M., & Goldbeck, L. (2015). Resilience in Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 16, 476-493. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1524838014557288

List of all publications


SS 2020 Seminar „What works, how, for whom, under which circumstances? Evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for mental disorders in children and adolescents“ and Project „ Evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for mental disorders in children and adolescents – development of a guideline“  (Master), Ulm University, Institute of Psychology and Education
WS 17/18 Seminar „Common and specific factors of internet-based interventions and face-to-face psychotherapy“ (Master), Ulm University, Institute of Psychology and Education
SS 17 Seminar „Mental disorders in childhood and adolescence“ (Bachelor), Ulm University, Institute of Psychology and Education
Since 2017 Lecturer at Aus- und Weiterbildungsinstitut für Verhaltenstherapie und angewandte Psychologie, AWIP Ulm
Since 2016 Lecturer at Ausbildungsinstitut für Verhaltenstherapie, AZVT Ulm
Since 2013 Teaching in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, Ulm University, Medical Faculty
Since 2013 Lecturer at Akademie für Gesundheitsberufe, Ulm University Hospital


  • German Psychological Society (DGPs):

    - Section Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
    - Section Health Psychology
    - Special interest groups: e-Health; meta-analytic psychotherapy research and evidence synthesis; clinical child and adolescent psychology and psychotherapy
  • European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (esrii)
  • International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII)
  • Psychotherapist Association Baden-Württemberg


  • Best poster award, 7th esrii conference 2023 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • DGPs-Nachwuchsförderpreis der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie (2018): Peer-Mentoring Team-Programm „Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain – Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data” gemeinsam mit Dr. Jiaxi Lin (Universität Freiburg)
  • COST Action Travel Award (2013). Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS), National University of Athens, Greece.

Ad hoc reviews

  • Behaviour Research and Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • BMC Psychiatry
  • BMJ Open
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  • Digital Health
  • European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Evidence-Based Mental Health
  • Frontiers in Digital Health
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
  • Internet Interventions
  • JAMA Psychiatry
  • JMIR Medical Education
  • JMIR mHealth and uHealth
  • JMIR Research Protocols
  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • Psychiatry Research
  • Scientific Reports
  • Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews