Category: Technology

Symposium

Symposium 89 - Taking Treatment With You: Enhancing CBT Using Technology

Saturday, November 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom O & P, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Technology / Mobile Health | CBT
Presentation Type: Symposium

Research has shown that individuals coping with psychiatric symptoms express interest in using technological tools to monitor and enhance their psychological functioning, and that such tools can effectively deliver cognitive-behavioral interventions for a variety of mental health outcomes. One benefit of technological tools is that they extend treatment outside of clinical settings and into the real world, encouraging people to practice skills in the context of their daily lives. To date, however, it remains unclear whether technology-based interventions developed and validated in research settings are helpful when used in routine clinical care settings, for patients of different backgrounds, and with varying and often comorbid symptom presentations. Presenters included in this symposium will present results of recent research examining how technology supporting cognitive-behavioral treatments can best be integrated across diverse populations and clinical settings. The aim of this symposium is therefore to discuss ways to maximize the benefits of technological tools when implemented in routine care settings. First, Nathaniel Van Kirk will present findings describing the usefulness of tracking information about patients’ engagement with Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) using a smartphone app in the context of an intensive residential treatment setting for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Results suggest that participants with higher initial symptom severity may be especially receptive to using technology to track engagement with ERP. Second, Marie Forgeard will discuss findings from a research study examining the usefulness of a smartphone app during the transition from partial hospitalization to outpatient care, a known period of risk for relapse. Preliminary results suggest that such an app may provide a useful “bridge” for patients as they adjust to a lower level of care, by encouraging them to practice self-assessment and remind them to use cognitive-behavioral skills previously learned. Third, Adrian Aguilera will present findings of recent research examining the effectiveness of an adjunctive text-messaging intervention to improve engagement with cognitive-behavioral treatment among a low-income and Latino population. Fourth, Stephen Schueller will discuss how insights from user-centered design (UCD) can be used to enhance the development of technology, by incorporating the preferences and ideas of key stakeholders (such as patients receiving, and therapists delivering, CBT for depression). Results suggest that end user feedback can provide invaluable perspectives that can help maximize the usefulness of the tools developed. Finally, Dror Ben-Zeev, Director of the Mobile Health for Mental Health Program and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, will discuss how the findings presented fit in the broader context of research on technology-based approaches for the study, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders.

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Marie Forgeard

Postdoctoral Fellow
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Dror Ben-Zeev

University of Washington

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    Nathaniel Van Kirk

    Administrative Director of Research
    McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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    Marie Forgeard

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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    Adrian Aguilera

    University of California, Berkeley

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    Stephen Schueller

    Assistant Professor
    Northwestern University

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