Several effective treatments for depression exist, leading to a host of well-established evidence-based principles to improve mental health. However, despite these treatments and principles, depression remains a common and burdensome disorder, and future work should look to create innovative ways to improve and enhance the delivery of services. A
rapidly growing area is that of behavioral intervention technologies. Behavioral intervention technologies are applications that use technologies such as mobile phones, computers, tablets, and sensors, to support behaviors that improve health, mental health, and wellness. I will give examples of interventions we have been developing at the Center for
Behavioral Intervention Technologies that serve as interventions for the treatment of depression. These include context-sensing smartphone applications, coach-supported Internet websites, and a suite of mini-applications based on cognitive and behavioral change strategies. I will discuss some of the lessons learned from designing such interventions for individuals with depression and opportunities in improving the
treatment of depression.
Stephen Schueller is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University and a faculty member of Northwestern¹s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITS). His research interests focus on the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of Internet and mobile-based interventions for the treatment and prevention of depression and the promotion of positive mental health. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.