Latest from the mHealth Research Core team:

Our team is committed to providing information for researchers to continue, adapt, and expand research. We will post resources here as they become available. 

The mHealth Research Core is available for free, fully-online research consults. To schedule a consult with the team, complete a Case Consult Form.


OHCI Appointment

Congratulations to Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD, FAED, LP, FAED, LP, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and co-Director of the ICTS mHealth Research Core at WUSM, who was recently appointed to the APA Office of Health Care Innovation Advisory Committee for Mental Health Technology.

The MHTAC will assist OHCI staff in developing strategies to advance ongoing initiatives including telehealth, interoperability and health information exchanges, digital interventions, and additional priorities APA should consider based on its strategic plan.


Chatbot Encourages People with Eating Disorders to Seek Care

In a new NIMH-funded study, Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD, FAED, LP, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and co-Director of the ICTS mHRC at WUSM, and colleagues developed a chatbot to encourage people with eating disorders to connect with care. 


Is tech making your life easier, or harder?

Clinical research sites face many challenges. Keeping up with decentralized trials, recruiting diverse patients, learning about the newest regulations, managing dozens of technology platforms–it’s a lot. 

But the right technology can make your trials more efficient and inclusive while keeping them compliant. Learn more about finding the right tech for decentralized trials on our resources page

Craving information about how tech can address clinical trial regulations, burnout, or patient access? Check out these articles and videos: 

Have questions and want to chat with our experts? Reach out to us here.  -The Florence Team


Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (logo)   A banner displaying the following text: CBITs Digital Mental Health Webinar Series. 2022-2023, the First Tuesday of Each Month, 12 pm CT   The Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), in collaboration with the Society for Digital Mental Health, hosts a monthly webinar featuring talks on or related to digital mental health from leaders across a wide range of specialties, including psychology and psychiatry, human-computer interaction, computer science, implementation science and policy. The webinars are open to anyone interested in joining. Browse previous talks and their recordings here.     “Google’s approach to improving mental health” – Dr. Megan Jones Bell is clinical director of consumer and mental health at Google and gets to think about how to improve health for billions of people.
Megan clinically specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults and is an expert in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Megan serves on the Board of the Child Mind Institute, Castilleja School and the Scientific Advisory Board for HFC. Megan is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Click here for our full schedule of upcoming webinars in 2023.

Woebot for Adolescent Depression Shown to Reduce Symptom Severity in Real-World Setting

Woebot Health interviews Ginger Nicol, MD and Jane Garbutt, MD; together they designed a 12-week IRB-approved study of adolescents diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety by their primary care provider.

According to the paper, which was authored by Nicol and her colleagues and recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), participants in the active treatment group experienced a greater reduction in depressive symptoms than the usual care group.


mHRC consult results in funding by

Clinical and Translational Research Funding Program (CTRFP)

Chatbot-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Adolescents With Depression and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Feasibility and Acceptability Study

Nicol G, Wang R, Graham S, Dodd S, Garbutt J. JMIR Formative Research 2022 Nov 22;6(11):e40242. doi: 10.2196/40242


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Awards Two Grants to Address Eating Disorders in Adolescent Girls

Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft and Denise Wilfley from Washington University in St. Louis were one of two sites in the country selected for their MPI grant, Harnessing State-Wide Partnerships and Technology to Expand Access to Care for Eating Disorders in Adolescent Girls in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond


REDCap E-Consent Webinars

Becker Library’s Data Management and Sharing services recently held two webinars related to the WUSTL REDCap E-Consent Template. The webinars were recorded and posted to the REDCap Workshop Recordings webpage.
Email Chris Sorensen at with any questions.


Vanderbilt University has built a mobile application, myCAP 

To learn more or to register for a demo to test out the functionality of the myCap mobile application, please visit the Project myCAP web site.

There are three demos available, and for the demo to work you will have to download the myCap app onto your mobile device (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store):


Conferences and Workshops

Digital Health: What’s in a Name?

Hear thoughts about the definition of digital health from Chief Science & Digital Officer Eric Perakslis, PhD, and his plans for Duke Clinical Research Institute’s digital health strategy.

So You Want to do EMA?

This PowerPoint presentation by Personalizing Psychotherapy offers ideas to develop a solid protocol for collecting experience sampling data.

All of Us Researcher Workshop (recording)

ICTS Precision Medicine hosted the All of Us Researcher Workshop on November 18, 2021, to enable researchers to learn more about the All of Us Research Hub, how to register for the Researcher Workbench, and participate in breakout sessions on the various tools and data types available for researchers to use.

Harvard Medical School Thought Leadership Webinars (recorded presentations)

Telehealth | Data Science | Policy | Trends in Patient-Centered Care | Microbiome | Reimbursement | Genomics | Clinical Workflows | State-of-the-Art Treatments for Diseases

These are just a few of the developments that are impacting the massive, complex and ever-evolving health care sector. To help business and science leaders stay up-to-date on the latest trends and changes, Harvard Medical School offers key insights into the science and practice of medicine.

Researchers with DSMBs: please consider telling your DSMB and program officer, now, if you are suspending all in-person contact with research participants.  Be proactive!

This is informal guidance that does not necessarily represent official university or federal policy.

Noteworthy Articles and Presentations

Transforming Psychiatry into Data-Driven Medicine with Digital Measurement Tools Honor Hsin, MD, PhD, et al.

Verification, analytical validation, and clinical validation (V3): the foundation of determining fit-for-purpose for Biometric Monitoring Technologies (BioMeTs) Jennifer C. Goldsack

Sensor Data Integration: A New Cross Industry Collaboration to Articulate Values, Define Needs, and Advance a Framework for Best Practices. Ieuan Clay, et al.

Going Remote: Implementing Digital Research Methods at an Academic Medical Center during COVID-19 Katie E. Keenoy, MA, LPC

Apple looks to digital biomarkers for features detecting depression, cognitive decline Laura Lovett, mobi health news

The Rise of Digital Health and Innovation Centers at Academic Medical Centers: Time for a New Industry Relationship Paradigm Ravi N. Shah, MD, MBA

A New Model for Collaborating with an Academic Medical Center Center for Digital Health Innovation at UCSF

Building digital innovation capacity at a large academic medical center Devin M. Mann

Digital Health article EG Lattie

EMA Research Manual and in particular in Chapter 11 on github.

WUSTL Grand Rounds: “We are NEVER Getting to Precision Medicine in Psychiatry” Eric Lenze, MD, Jan 2020

Internet Interventions (Elsevier 2020)

Assessment of Mobile Health Apps Using Built-In Smartphone Sensors for Diagnosis and Treatment  (JMIR and Uhealth. February 2020)

Leveraging Digital Health and Machine Learning to Toward Reducing Suicide – From Panacea to Practical Tool. (JAMA, July 2019)

Publications of Clinical Trials Transformative Initiative  (CTTI)

Reviews of Consumer Apps

A Review of mHealth Apps for Clients 

(American Psychological Association)

App Evaluation Model

(American Psychiatric Association)