Machine Learning in Digital Mental Health – JAMA Network Open

Engagement is one of the primary challenges in the design of digital health interventions, however interaction with these interventions is complex, and can be difficult to characterise. In this paper, we explore the use of machine learning techniques to analyse engagment in digital mental health interventions. The work was carried out in collaboration with researchers in Microsoft Research, SilverCloud Health, and TCD School of Psychology.

Chien I, Enrique A, Palacios J, Regan, T., Keegan, D., Carter, D., Tschiatschek S., Nori, … Read more

Paper on Machine Learning in Mental Health Accepted to ACM ToCHI

Machine Learning can be expected to have a significant impact on the field of mental health in the coming years. Researchers in computing have been exploring the potential of these systems, looking at a variety of data sources ranging from sensor based systems to electronic health records. In this paper, we review work in the computing literature, and advocate for a more human-centered approach, in order to ethically and effectively realise the potential of these systems.

A. Thieme, D. Belgrave … 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 … Read more

Personal Information in Public Health

Using personal data in mHealth apps for public health requires navigating a range of design tensions, and the area of perinatal mental health is a particularly complex setting. We explore the balance between the many concerns and constraints affecting the design of these systems (both patient and clinician interfaces), in a new (open access) paper in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2019.102373. The work was carried out as part of a collaboration between ourselves at Trinity College Dublin … 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 Read more

Understanding Self-Report

Design is driven by our understanding of users’ experiences. This may involve users’ reports of their experiences, in the moment, after the fact, or ahead of time. Likewise many mental and behavioural health interventions rely on various forms of self report. In our new paper we look at how both design and health interventions might be better informed by attending more carefully to differences between different forms of self-report.

Kevin Doherty, Gavin Doherty, The construal of experience in HCI: Understanding … Read more

Paper accepted to CHI 2017

UPDATE: This paper has received a Best Paper award (top 1% of 2400 submissions)! We will be presenting a paper titled “m-Health for Maternal Mental Health: Everyday wisdom in Ethical Design” at CHI 2017 in Denver. The paper is the result of a collaborative project with the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. CHI is the leading venue internationally for HCI research, and extremely competitive, with well over two thousand paper submissions per year. Congratulations to Marguerite Barry … Read more

Paper in JAMIA

We are just beginning to explore the possibilities of m-health technologies, this paper looks at the feasibility for automatic support of a particular treatment for bipolar disorder:

Abdullah, S., Matthews, M., Frank, E., Doherty, G., Gay, G. & Choudhury, T. Automatic detection of social rhythms in Bipolar Disorder. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. DOI 10.1093/jamia/ocv200 (to appear, 2016).… Read more

Paper in New Media and Society

In a sense, interactivity is at the core of HCI, but what do people mean by it? This paper looks at use of the term within public discourse.

M. Barry & G. Doherty, What we talk about when we talk about interactivity: Empowerment in public discourse, New Media & Society, (to appear), 2016. DOI 10.1177/1461444815625944

This interdisciplinary work is funded by the Irish Research Council. More to come!… Read more