The smart therapist: a look to the future of smartphones and mHealth technologies in psychotherapy

Clough, Bonnie A. and Casey, Leanne M. (2015) The smart therapist: a look to the future of smartphones and mHealth technologies in psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46 (3). pp. 147-153. ISSN 0735-7028


mHealth refers to the use of mobile technologies in the provision of health care and is an expanding field
within psychotherapy research. Mobile technologies have the capacity to greatly enhance patient access,
uptake, and engagement in psychological treatment. The purpose of the present article is to define
mHealth within clinical psychology, provide a review and discussion of the functionality of mHealth
devices, current trends within the field of psychological mHealth, the challenges faced by researchers and
clinicians in this field, and examine directions for future research. The main areas of research identified
included the use of SMS technologies, ecological momentary assessment, online and software
application-based interventions and the recent integration of sensor and data mining technologies. Much
of the research to date is lacking in methodological rigor, and reliance on standard research designs often
used in other areas of psychological research may constrain development of interventions. Research
indicates that consumers want to engage in mHealth interventions, although only a limited number of
empirically supported options currently exist. Future research incorporating innovative trial designs is
required to meet consumer demand and provide users with evidence-based treatment options.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 05:09
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 05:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile phone, smartphone, mHealth, e-mental health, technological adjuncts
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
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