Special Issue of IEEE Pervasive on Mobile and Pervasive Computing in Mental Health

We have released the Call for Papers for a special issue of IEEE Pervasive on mobile & pervasive computing in mental health. This special issue seeks to discuss novel approaches, opportunities, and challenges for developing effective, ethical, and trustworthy pervasive computing technology for mental health. 1st July deadline, abstracts 17 June. Ethical aspects should be considered in all submissions. Guest editors are Akane Sano (Rice University), Mirco Musolesi (University College London), Gavin Doherty (Trinity College Dublin), and Thomas Vaessen (KU Leuven).… Read more

Chairing ACM DSP

The ACM Distinguished Speaker Program allows organisers of events to request accomplished speakers in many aspects of computing, with financial support for travel coming from the ACM. It is particularly useful for ACM chapters, professsional meetups, and (not-for-profit) conferences. It is currently run under the ACM practitioners board. Having been on the committee for the last few years, and having run recruitment initiatives together with SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH, I’ve been asked to co-chair the commitee for a while. I have a number of ideas I would like to push, but if you have any feedback or suggestions on the program then let me know!… Read more

Microsoft Research Funded PhD on Conversational User Interfaces for Mental Health

Health self-report or self-monitoring activities, such as mood logging, are a central part of many treatments for mental health problems. It serves to help raise awareness of the person’s own feelings, daily activities and cognitive processes, and provides measures and recordings that offer information for independent action, or consultation with care providers. In addition to mood charting as a standalone activity, or an activity conducted between face-to-face therapy sessions, accurate reporting of mood is integral for wellbeing applications and technologies to function appropriately.… Read more

Back to CHI – 300,000 clients later!

At CHI 2012, we presented the first exploratory study, with 45 clients, of the SilverCloud platform for online interventions. Eight years, and over 300,000 clients later, we will be presenting two very different papers which increase our understanding of how iCBT works in practice at CHI2020. The first is a machine learning study based on analysis of 234,735 clinical supporter messages, in collaboration with researchers at Microsoft Research Cambridge (Prerna Chikersal, Danielle Belgrave and Anja Thieme), and the SilverCloud Health clinical team (A.… Read more

Reflections on Machine Learning and Mental Health

Together with collaborators Anja Thieme, Danielle Belgrave at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and Akane Sano at Rice University, we’ve written a short article for ACM interactions reflecting on the topics discussed at our workshop on Machine Learning in Mental Health at the ACII Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction in Cambridge in September. Thanks to all the speakers and participants!

https://interactions.acm.org/blog/view/reflections-on-mental-health-assessment-and-ethics-for-machine-learning-appRead more

Meeting on Personalised Medicine

I was very happy to participate in the REA Cluster Event on Personalised Medicine at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid on the 5th-6th November, on behalf of the AffecTech project. The meeting was organised by Laurence Marrama-Rakatoarivony. As well as hearing about the variety of innovative work being carried out across a number of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN’s), a series of roundtable discussions between policy makers and researchers explored key topics relating to the future of personalised medicine.… Read more

ACM Europe Council Award at CHI 2019

We were surprised and delighted to receive the ACM Europe Council sponsored award for best paper at CHI 2019! The award-winning paper was selected amongst the 29 Best Paper Award winners at CHI 2019 (themselves selected as the top 1% of 2960 submissions), by members of the CHI 2019 Best Paper Selection Committee. The award acknowledges groundbreaking research for its importance and contribution to the area and to highlight theoretical and practical innovations that are likely to shape the future of computing both in Europe and worldwide.… Read more

PhD positions on technology in mental health.

We are currently looking to recruit PhD students as part of a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training. I am interested in the topic of Technology for Mental Health. Positions to start September 2019.

Available topics include: Psychological self-report with wearable technology
Supervision Team: Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin) / David Coyle, University College Dublin
Description: There has been much interest recently in the design of technologies to support the delivery of mental healthcare, looking at many different aspects ranging from assessment and diagnosis, through intervention and long term self-monitoring.… Read more

Best paper and honorable mention awards at CHI 2019

We are delighted to announce a best paper award (top 1% of 2960 submissions)  for our paper “Engagement with Mental Health Screening on Mobile Devices: Results from an Antenatal Feasibility Study” at CHI 2019 (PDF). We have also received an honorable mention award (top 5%) for our paper “HCI and Affective Health: Taking stock of a decade of studies and charting future research directions(PDF).… Read more

Three papers at CHI 2019

We are delighted that three research papers have been accepted for presentation at CHI 2019! ACM CHI is the highest profile competitive venue for publishing HCI research – there were just under 3000 paper submissions this year.

The first is based on our collaboration with Imperial College London on antenatal mental health screening: K. Doherty, J. Marcano-Belisario, M. Cohn, N. Mastellos, C. Morrison, J. Car, and G. Doherty. 2019. Engagement with Mental Health Screening on Mobile Devices: Results from an Antenatal Feasibility Study.… Read more