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52st Annual Convention 2018 |
mHealth Pre-Conference
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The 2018 ABCT mHealth Pre-Conference
An Innovation Forum sponsored by the Technology & Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIGs

Chairs - Kiara Timpano, Kristin Ellard, Emily Lattie, Christina Boisseau

Sponsors - Technology SIG & Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIG

Day - Thursday, November 15, 2018

General Outline

Full-day pre-conference from 8:30am - 5:00pm

The day will be divided into 2 sessions before lunch and 1 session after lunch, plus a demonstration fair.


Interdisciplinary mobile health (mHealth) and neuroscience-based technologies and approaches are changing the nature of health research, providing the opportunity to shift from more reactive approaches for patient care to a more proactive stance. More specifically, mHealth offers exciting possibilities for "P5 medicine," which applies a prevention focus, is dedicated to personalized care, increases the predictive specificity of our methods, and emphasizes participatory aspects for individual clients with an eye on reducing the public health impact of disease. As with the larger field of medicine, mHealth and neuroscience-informed approaches in psychiatry are opening an unparalleled number of avenues to help reduce the risk for psychiatric disease and increase well-being for our patients. The 2018 ABCT mHealth pre-conference represents an innovation forum that will highlight a number of issues, including: new mHealth and neuroscience-based technologies as applied to psychological problems within the framework of CBT, empirical research support for these technologies, and the challenges one faces in disseminating and implementing psychiatric mHealth and neuroscience advances. One of the hallmark features of the mHealth field is a strong interdisciplinary thread that helps connect technology developers with researchers and, ultimately, with treatment providers and patients. The ABCT mHealth pre-conference will bring together key individuals focused on developing mHealth methodologies and neuroscience-based, those who are devoted to evaluating the effectiveness of these approaches, and who are engaged in disseminating their gained knowledge. A series of six experts from multiple disciplines, along with a representative from the National Institutes of Health, will present talks focused on: (1) evaluating and disseminating mhealth and neuroscience-based tools, (2) harnessing mobile and neuroscience-based technology to enhance CBT, and (3) considering the ethical and interdisciplinary considerations for implementing mHealth and neuroscience-based interventions. Discussions throughout the day will ensure a dynamic and interactive forum, which will conclude with hands-on demonstrations of actual technologies.

This pre-conference is designed to help you:

  1. Understand research on evaluation and dissemination of technology-based tools.
  2. Explain efforts to use mHealth technologies to enhance CBT interventions.
  3. Discuss efforts to use neuroscience-based advances to enhance existing CBT interventions
  4. Present considerations for future research at the intersection of mHealth, neuroscience, and CBT, including national funding priorities, the ethics involved with technology, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
  5. Give hands-on demonstrations of actual mHealth technologies and neurocognitive interventions.

Recommended Readings

  • Bajbouj, M., & Padberg, F. (2014). A perfect match: noninvasive brain stimulation and psychotherapy. European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience, 264(1), 27-33.
  • Collier, A., & Siegle, G. J. (2015). Individual differences in response to prediction bias training. Clinical Psychological Science, 3(1), 79-90.
  • Cramer, S. C., Sur, M., Dobkin, B. H., O'brien, C., Sanger, T. D., Trojanowski, J. Q., ... & Chen, W. G. (2011). Harnessing neuroplasticity for clinical applications. Brain, 134(6), 1591-1609.
  • Damschroder, L. J., Aron, D. C., Keith, R. E., Kirsh, S. R., Alexander, J. A., & Lowery, J. C. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation science, 4(1), 50.
  • Glasgow, R. E., & Chambers, D. (2012). Developing robust, sustainable, implementation systems using rigorous, rapid and relevant science. Clinical and Translational Science, 5(1), 48-55.
  • Munoz, R.F., Chavira, D.A., Himle, J.A., Koerner, K., Muroff, J., Reynolds, J., Rose, R.D., Ruzek, J.I., Teachman, B.A., Schueller, S.M. (2018). Digital apothecaries: a vision for making health care interventions accessible worldwide. mHealth, 4, 1-13.
  • Neary, M., Schueller, S.M. (in press). State of the Field of Mental Health Apps. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Proctor, E., Silmere, H., Raghavan, R., Hovmand, P., Aarons, G., Bunger, A., Griffey R., Hensley, M. (2011). Outcomes for Implementation Research: Conceptual Distinctions, Measurement Challenges, and Research Agenda. Adm Policy Ment Health, 38, 65-76.
  • Siegle, G. J., Price, R. B., Jones, N. P., Ghinassi, F., Painter, T., & Thase, M. E. (2014). You gotta work at it: Pupillary indices of task focus are prognostic for response to a neurocognitive intervention for rumination in depression. Clinical Psychological Science, 2(4), 455-471.
  • Koster, E. H., Hoorelbeke, K., Onraedt, T., Owens, M., & Derakshan, N. (2017). Cognitive control interventions for depression: a systematic review of findings from training studies. Clinical psychology review, 53, 79-92


Technology/Mobile Health; Neurocognitive Therapies; Professional Issues; Neuroscience; Dissemination; Implementation; Treatment-CBT

Level of Familiarity

Moderate level of familiarity with the material

Detailed Schedule with Times

TimeSession / Speakers
8:30 am - 8:40 amIntroductions & Welcome

8:40 am - 10:00 amSession 1: Getting mHealth tools to the masses
8:40 am - 9:10 amSpeaker 1: Stephen Schueller, University of California, Irvine
Resources for evaluating the quality and evidence base of eHealth tools
9:10 am - 9:40 amSpeaker 2: Sarah Lord, Dartmouth University
Dissemination of technology-based tools
9:40 am - 10:00 amSession 1 Q&A - Moderator: Emily Lattie, Northwestern
10:00 am - 10:20 amBeverage Break

10:20 am - 12:10 pmSession 2: Harnessing mHealth & Neuroscience-Based Technology to Enhance CBT
10:20 am - 10:50 amSpeaker 3: John Torous, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Realizing the Potential of CBT into the Digital Age - Understanding the Current Landscape, Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Needed Evidence Base
10:50 am - 11:20 amSpeaker 4: Rebecca Price, University of Pittsburgh
Integrating Biology and Neuroscience to Synergistically Activate Principles of Behavior Change
11:20 am - 11:50 amSpeaker 5: Greg Siegle, University of Pittsburgh
Neuroscience-based technologies ready for the clinic now
11:50 am - 12:10 pmSession 2 Q&A - Moderator: Kristen Ellard, Massachusetts General Hospital
12:10 pm - 1:15 pmLUNCH on your own

1:15 pm - 2:55 pmSession 3: Implementing mHealth and Neuroscience-Informed Interventions: Ethics & Interdisciplinary Considerations
1:15 pm - 1:45 pmSpeaker 6: Lisa Onken, National Institute on Aging
NIMH perspective
1:45pm - 2:25 pmMini-keynote: Armen Arevian, UCLA
Participatory Informatics: Opportunities for technology innovation in mental health
2:25 pm - 2:55 pmSession 3 Q&A - Moderator: Kiara Timpano, University of Miami
2:55 pm - 3:15 pmBeverage Break
3:15 pm - 5:00 pmmHealth Demonstration Fair
(see attached listing)

mHealth Demonstration Fair

Armen ArevianUCLACHORUS - User modifiable mobile app
John TourousBIDMCLAMP/Beiwe platform - assessment app
Greg SiegleUniversity of PittsburghtDCS
Malvika GodaraGhent UniversityEye Tracking
Noah RobinsonVanderbilt UniversityVirtual Reality
Presenter TBDApollo NeuroscienceVibro-Acoustic Stimulation
Kate NoonerUniversity of North CarolinaNeurofeedback
Stephen SchuellerUniversity of California, IrvinePsyberguide



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