Behavioral Intervention Technologies in Current Use

Summary of Presentation

Behavioral Intervention Technologies (BITs) integrates information and communication technologies with behavioral science to help consumers adopt behaviors that improve physical and mental health. Dr. Burns will discuss the potential for such interventions to open an avenue to care for communities experiencing barriers to traditional services. She will then provide several examples of telephone, Internet, and mobile phone-assisted treatments, which involve social networking, context sensing, and other strategies. She will also outline recent reviews on the efficacy of BITs. Dr. Burns will discuss several models for the role of mental health providers and other supportive individuals, as well as research in which BITs are used to reduce stigma and empower consumers.



Michelle BurnsDr. Michelle Nicole Burns is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs) and Departments of Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Burns received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Technology-Assisted Mental Health Intervention at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the use of technology to increase access to mental health care among underserved communities.


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