Exploring Smartphone Apps as Innovative Tools for Psychological Treatment

April 29, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Society of Digital Psychiatry (SODP)  in collaboration with JMIR Mental Health, a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by JMIR Publications, invites you to a webinar titled Exploring Smartphone Apps as Innovative Tools for Psychological Treatment.

Smartphone apps offer a novel approach for delivering psychological treatments across a range of mental health conditions. Dr. Imogen Bell will share her research on the Mello app (https://www.jmir.org/2023/1/e47860) for depression/anxiety, focusing on translating ideas into clinically useful applications and exploring how new ideas can progress through funding, clinical studies, published papers, and real-world implementation. Discussion topics for this webinar will include the future of apps in psychiatry, best practices for user-centered design, global mental health collaborations, and clinical implementation considerations.

The Panelists:

John Torous, MD, MBI
; Co-Founder, Society of Digital Psychiatry

As the director of digital psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, John has an engineering background from UC Berkeley and medical studies at UC San Diego. He completed a psychiatry residency, a clinical informatics fellowship, and a master’s in biomedical informatics at Harvard. He actively investigates the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters on the subject. 

Imogen Bell
Dr Imogen Bell is an NHMRC Early Leadership Fellow and Psychologist based at Orygen, the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She oversees a program of research on the development, evaluation, and implementation of innovative new digital treatments for youth mental ill-health that leverage smartphone apps, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality technologies. She brings a translational and multidisciplinary approach to her work which prioritizes traditional research methods such as randomized controlled trials, alongside industry practices in human-centered design, software development, and business strategy.