Category: Technology

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 21 - Innovation and Implementation: Technology as a Tool to Reduce Mental Health Disparities

Saturday, November 18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom O & P, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Technology / Mobile Health | CBT | Dissemination
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Telemental health uses technology (e.g. video conferencing) and mhealth uses mobile technology (e.g. cell phones) to provide assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. These technologies have frequently been hypothesized to reduce mental health disparities in traditionally underserved populations by allowing wide dissemination of evidence-based treatments and interventions. By limiting distance-related barriers, culturally-adapted treatment technologies may be disseminated more widely to hard-to-reach populations. However, there are practical barriers to implementing these technologies including cost of development and dissemination, user acceptability, and lack of traditional therapeutic relationship affecting perceived credibility. The panelists have years of experience with research and evidence-based clinical interventions with some of the most challenging and hard to reach populations. The panelists will share their expertise by discussing the benefits and barriers to adapting and implementing technology-assisted cognitive-behavioral interventions with explicit aims of reducing treatment disparities for traditionally underserved groups including Latinos, rural populations, victims of  trauma and natural disasters, and sexual minorities.

Dr. Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D. uses mobile technologies to deliver evidence-based interventions for depression for Latino and Spanish speaking populations. Dr. Denise Chavira, Ph.D. uses telephone and computer technologies to deliver evidence-based interventions to treat anxiety and depression for rural and Latino populations. Dr. Debra Hope, Ph.D. provides evidence-based care using telehealth to rural, gender and sexual minorities. Dr. Matthew Price, Ph.D. provides evidence-based interventions using widely available technologies (mobile devices, websites) to victims of traumatic events and natural disasters. 

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Debra A. Hope

Professor
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Matthew Price

University of Vermont

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Adrian Aguilera

University of California, Berkeley

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Allura L. Ralston

Graduate Student
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Arthur Andrews, III

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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