BLOG – Habilitation Thesis – Inge Cantegreil
On January 30, I have had the honor to defend my habilitation thesis. In France, the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) is the highest academic degree and the key step on the way to a full professorship. The habilitation process consists of the production of an academically meaningful professorial dissertation based on previously published academic research work.
My thesis was focused on complementarity of psychotherapeutic and psychosocial interventions in individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
The key ideas of my HDR were:
- Psychologists taking care of people with dementia and their caregivers need to demonstrate a great capacity for adaptation in order to meet the changing individual and contextual needs of patients. Therefore, they must have a large choice of theoretical references (clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology), and a wide range of methods (cognitive, behavioural, emotion focussed-, and systemic approach).
- Complementarity of psychology and public health knowledge in defining evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with dementia has to be more emphasised.
- A wide gap still exists between knowledge of successful psychosocial interventions and its use in everyday clinical practice.
The past and current research activities of this multidisciplinary group that has brought together academic and clinical researchers have been a good example of how the issue can be addressed. Therefore I have been much honored to have Myrra Vernooij-Dassen as a member of the jury.