Category: Adult Depression / Dysthymia

Symposium

Symposium 2 - Recent Innovations in Mobile Health Interventions for Depression: From Internet-Delivered Behavior Activation to Serious Games and Cognitive (Re)Training

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom E, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Depression | Technology / Mobile Health | Cognitive Processes
Presentation Type: Symposium

As the leading cause of disability worldwide (WHO, 2016), depression is an important source of suffering. Moreover, if untreated, there is a high likelihood for comorbid disorders to occur, as well as for recurrence of depressive episodes. However, only a limited portion of patients suffering from clinical depression receive adequate treatment. Furthermore, existing treatments show limited effects in terms of impacting cognitive processes underlying depression vulnerability, resulting in relatively poor long term treatment outcomes. Hence, there is a strong need for (a) continued research testing the effectiveness of existing evidence-based interventions using alternative delivery methods. Here, internet-delivered interventions (E-health) hold the potential to reach a larger proportion of depressive patients in a timely and cost-effective manner. (b) Existing treatments may be improved using targeted interventions specifically focused on altering processes underlying depression vulnerability. In this context, recent studies suggest the clinical potential of cognitive control training procedures. Hence, this symposium focuses on how existing interventions may benefit from E-health (e.g., serious games), in which novel state-of-the-art techniques can be used to reduce cognitive vulnerability for affective disorders and foster resilience and mental well-being.


Our first speaker, dr. Claudi Bockting, will focus on how E-health techniques can be implemented in traditional psychological interventions for depression, such as behavior activation and cognitive therapy. Second, dr. Joaquin Anguera will discuss how cognitive control training procedures can be used to target selective deficiencies in a range of populations characterized by cognitive control deficits (e.g., ADHD, older adults, etc.), providing examples of how cognitive assessment and training may add to individually tailored treatments. Following up on these findings, dr. Patricia Arean will present recent results regarding the applicability and effectiveness of internet-delivered gamified cognitive control training in the treatment of depression, after which dr. Kristof Hoorelbeke will focus on the preventative potential of online cognitive control training for remitted depressed patients. Finally, dr. Heleen Riper will conclude the symposium with a discussion of the implications of these findings, and how further integrating technological advancements in psychotherapy may reduce the global burden of depression.

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Ernst Koster

Professor
Ghent University

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    Kristof Hoorelbeke

    PhD student
    Ghent University

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    Heleen Riper

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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      Joaquin Anguera

      University of California

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      Patricia Arean

      University of Washington

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      Kristof Hoorelbeke

      PhD student
      Ghent University

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