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Human Support in Digital Mental Health: Towards Scalable Interventions

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Stephen Schueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics
University of California, Irvine

About the Presentation: Digital mental health interventions have been proposed to provide a solution to overcome gaps in mental health service delivery. Although digital mental health interventions are effective, the most effective interventions are those that include some form of human support. This talk will provide examples of digital mental health interventions that integrate human support and introduce the efficiency model of human support as a conceptual model of what this type of support intends to achieve. Findings will be presented from three clinical trials, and implications for the field of digital mental health will be discussed.

About the Presenter: Dr. Stephen Schueller is an Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics at UC Irvine. He directs the Technology and Mental Health (TEAM) Lab and is a member of UCI’s Connected Learning Lab and the Jacobs CERES Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. As a clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher, Dr. Schueller’s work focuses on how technology can improve mental health services by expanding access and improving accessibility. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Jacobs Foundation, One Mind, Pivotal Ventures, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received Rising Star awards from the Association for Psychological Science and the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, and a Mid-Career Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’s Technology SIG.