Please join us on April 14th for a seminar series presentation by Stephen Schueller, PhD: "Advancing Evidentiary Standards in Digital Mental Health". There are, by some estimates, more than 10,000 mental health apps available on the various app stores. The vast majority of apps, however, have no evidence for effectiveness, making it difficult for users to understand what might work for them. Dr. Schueller will talk about the promise and perils of mental health apps, provide an overview of One Mind PsyberGuide, a project that identifies and evaluates mental health apps, and discuss the need for advancing evidentiary standards in digital mental health to help increase consumer confidence and guide implementation. Although mental health apps offer the promising potential to extend care and increase the standard of care, fulfilling this promise will require thoughtful consideration of identifying quality tools and how such tools fit into various systems to deliver such resources.
Stephen Schueller, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. He received 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 service researcher his work broadly looks creating more scalable mental health resources that make treatment more available and accessible, especially with technology. This includes the development, evaluation, and implementation of web- and mobile-based interventions. He also serves as the Executive Director of One Mind PsyberGuide, a project the aims to empower consumers to make informed choices around digital mental health products.