The Future of Mental Healthcare is... Sitting in Your Pocket

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This presentation occurred during the 2022 South Southwest MHTTC First Episode Psychosis conference on June 3rd. Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev was the keynote speaker for this session.

Presentation Summary: Technology is redefining how we study, assess, and treat mental illness. Mobile health (mHealth) now enables us to bring cutting-edge treatments out of the clinics and research centers and into the hands of the people who need them most. Professor Dror Ben-Zeev from the University of Washington provided an overview of recent advancements in the field of mHealth and examines how mobile devices and digital telecommunication infrastructure can be harnessed to support detection, prevention, and support for people with serious mental illness.  Professor Ben-Zeev described the lessons his team learned from conducting multiple mHealth initiatives with complex populations in real-world settings. He outlined his vision for effective, realistic, and sustainable mHealth for mental health in the years ahead.

About the Speaker


Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev (he/him/his)

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

University of Washington


Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the development and evaluation of technology-based approaches in the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Dr. Ben-Zeev serves as the Director of UW's Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center ( and the mHealth for Mental Health Program (, a multidisciplinary effort to harness mobile technology to improve the outcomes of people with psychiatric conditions and their loved ones. His research includes development of several self-management apps for people with serious mental illness, leveraging mobile and context-aware technologies for assessment of violence and suicidality in psychiatric hospital settings, behavioral sensing and Natural Language Processing systems for detection of psychotic relapses, social media-based outreach and remote data collection involving people who experience hallucinations, community-based clinical texting interventions, and technology designed to reduce human rights violations perpetrated against people with mental illness in Low and Middle Income Countries. Dr. Ben-Zeev’ s work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, the Veterans Administration, and several foundations. His studies have been covered by NPR, The Washington Post, Nature, Wired Magazine, Slate, Vice News, The Economist, and the New York Times. He serves as the Editor of the "Technology in Mental Health" Column in Psychiatric Services (APA Journal) and is a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings including invited presentations at the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Academies, and the White House.

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