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John Torous, MD, MBI
Harvard Medical School, USA
Dr. Torous is director of the digital psychiatry division in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and academic faculty. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency, fellowship in clinical informatics, and master's degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters on the topic. He serves as editor-in-chief of JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association's work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and is an advisor to the smartphone mood study within the NIH's one million person All of Us research program.
Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, USA
Dr. Baker is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Functional Neuroimaging and Bioinformatics in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital. His research uses a combination of neuroimaging, genetics, and behavioural phenotyping strategies to understand the risk and resilience factors that influence illness trajectories in individuals with a psychotic disorder. His current work also explores best practices for leveraging technology and deep phenotyping to quantify and optimize psychiatric care within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Philip Batterham, PhD
Associate Professor, The Australian National University, Australia
Dr. Batterham's research focus is on applying emerging technology and novel methodology to improve the detection, prevention, and treatment of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and behaviours in the community.
Dr. Batterham is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Centre for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He was awarded an Early Career Fellowship in 2011 and a Career Development Fellowship in 2014 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). His training is in psychology, biostatistics, and population mental health.
Ian Barnett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Barnett received his PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University after completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Stanford University. His research interests are in the development of statistical methods for the analysis of smartphone data in patient populations, where the data is both longitudinal and frequently missing.
Nicole Benson, MD
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Dr. Benson is currently in training in the combined Child and Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Haverford College prior to attending medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her research interests involve using data and the electronic health record to study the health care system and utilization patterns to understand ways to improve inefficiencies within the system to provide better quality care and improve health care delivery to psychiatric patients.
Natalie Berry, PhD
University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Berry's research focuses on identifying and understanding patient and stakeholder perceptions and ideas to inform the development of digital health interventions for mental illness. Her work also focuses on understanding the tools patients currently use to self-manage their mental health and the impact of technology use on mental health outcomes.
Dr. Berry completed her PhD at the University of Manchester exploring how technology can be used to deliver psychological interventions for severe mental illness. She is also working as a researcher on a trial delivering a theory-informed smartphone app for early psychosis.
Venkat Bhat, MD
Research Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Bhat completed his graduate studies and residency training in psychiatry at McGill University. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Toronto with the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CANBIND) Program. His work focuses on the intersection of data science and clinical psychiatry.
Lucia Bonet Mora, MSc, PsyD
ReMindCare App Researcher
Faculty of Medicine, University of Valencia, Spain
INCLIVA Institute of Research, Clinic Hospital of Valencia, Spain
Dr. Bonet is the main investigator of a research group focused on the study of ehealth developments in mental health. She is a psychologist who specializes in clinical psychology and has a master's in Biomedical Science Research from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Valencia. As part of her PhD research, she focused her studies in the process of developing mobile technologies for patients with psychosis. She has coordinated the process of design, development and implementation of an app, called ReMindCare as a tool that can be used in daily clinical practice for patients with first episode psychosis.
Dr. Bonet's research focuses on the analyses of the effects of the use of new technologies in the field of mental health, especially in the treatment of patients with severe mental illness such as psychotic disorders. Her aim is to investigate the efficacy and efficiency of these interventions as well as their feasibility in daily clinical practice. Improving treatment quality, promoting patients' engagement in their treatment, integrating these devices in daily clinical practice, and assessing the utility of these interventions are her main areas of research focus.
Yuki Byambasuren, MD
Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia
Dr. Byambasuren's research interests include health app evaluation and regulation, the role of mHealth in improving health care accessibility, self-management of chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions.
Dr. Byambasuren is a medical doctor from Mongolia. She has a Master of Medical Research in biomedical science from Griffith University in Australia. Her PhD is exploring smartphone health apps, with a special focus on clinical evidence and how they are prescribed in primary care settings.
Alison Calear, PhD
Associate Professor, The Australian National University, Australia
Dr. Calear's research focus is on youth mental health, e-health, and the prevention and early intervention of anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Dr. Calear is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where she leads the development and evaluation of eHealth interventions for anxiety, depression, and suicide in schools. Dr. Calear was awarded an Early Career Fellowship in 2010 and a Career Development Fellowship in 2016 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Her training is in psychology, with expertise in randomized controlled trial methodology and psychiatric epidemiology.
Steven Chan, MD, MBA
Physician, University of California Davis School of Medicine, USA
Dr. Chan's areas of interest include telemedicine, telepsychiatry, machine language translation, smartphone apps, wearable devices, cultural socioeconomics, and linguistic issues.
Dr. Chan researches telemedicine and mobile health technologies, analyzes the digital healthy industry, and treats patients as a psychiatrist at the University of California Davis. He has published numerous research papers exploring mobile technology and mental heath, and conducts research on real-time medical translation.
Wendy Clyne, PsyD
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR), Coventry University, UK
Dr. Clyne is interested in co-creation approaches to the development and evaluation of health care interventions.
A psychologist by background, Dr. Clyne has 20 years of National Health Service and academic experience, supporting health care organizations with service redesign, implementing evidence-based new services and guidelines. Her areas of expertise are patient experience and person-centred care—specifically health care professional education and developments for supporting person-centred consultations, medication adherence and supporting patients with medicine-taking, and self-management of long-term conditions. Dr. Clyne was previously Head of the Medicines Partnership Programme at the National Prescribing Centre (subsequently NICE).
Guy Doron, PhD
Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel
Dr. Doron has published more than 50 papers and book chapters and received several prestigious research grants including the Marie Curie Reintegration Grant, the Israel Science Foundation grant and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Dr. Doron is also the Director of the Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Unit (ROCD-RU). Dr. Doron has experience in developing online health intervention and therapist assistant platforms and is involved in the development and research of mobile mHealth applications for improving mental health difficulties, including low mood and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders.
Abimbola Farinde, PhD
Grand Canyon University, USA
Dr. Farinde's research interests are in mental health, psychopharmacology, geriatrics, and substance abuse.
Dr. Farinde is a clinical pharmacist specialist in geriatric, psychopharmacology, and mental health.
Manuela Ferrari, MHSc, PhD
Research Associate, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada
Research Focus and Bio
Dr. Ferrari is a Research Associate at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Health Policy and Management, York University, Toronto. She received her doctoral degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Ferrari's work focus on research questions related to arts-based learning (e.g., digital stories, digital vignettes, video game narratives) as a burgeoning method in various fields (e.g., education, health sciences, social sciences, and communications studies) and its potential in shaping identity development, client-provider relationships, clinical practices, and, broadly, health education scholarships.
Joseph Firth, PhD
Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia
Dr. Firth's research focuses on developing and evaluating novel interventions to facilitate symptomatic and functional recovery for young people with mental illness. Specifically, he has recently been examining how we can optimize the use of smartphone applications to provide self-management strategies and improve physical health in first-episode schizophrenia.
Dr. Firth completed his first degree at the University of Sheffield (UK) before beginning his PhD in Medicine at the University of Manchester from 2013-2017. His background in working in youth mental health, combined with his personal interests in sports, fitness, and technology, have driven his research into using these novel methods to improve outcomes in young people with mental illness.
Daniel Fulford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University, USA
In his research, Dr. Fulford focuses on the use of mobile technology to aid in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illnesses (SMI), including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has a particular interest in the use of mobile phone-based technology to augment social and occupational functioning among persons with SMI-related motivational impairment.
Chris Gibbons, PhD
University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Gibbons' research interests include computer adaptive testing, psychometrics, machine learning, digital footprints, and computational behavioural science.
Dr. Gibbons is an NIHR Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research and Director of Health Assessment and Innovation at The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge. His primary research interests are the electronic assessment of patient-reported outcomes as well as the integration of modern psychometric techniques and machine learning to improve assessment and benefit a wide range of stakeholders in international health services.
Shih Yee-Marie Tan Gipson, MD
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA
Dr. Gipson is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and board-certified psychiatrist. She is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed her general psychiatry residency training at LSU/Ochsner Psychiatry Program in New Orleans. She received additional training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. Currently, she is the staff attending physician in the Emergency Psychiatry Service at Boston Children's Hospital and serves as the Director of Psychiatry at the Department of Youth Services, Metro Region. Her clinical and academic interests include depression, anxiety, medical education, and technology and mental health.
Ronald Grais, JD
Practicing Attorney, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer, LP, USA
Ron Grais has been a mental health advocate and thought leader for more than 35 years. He was a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow in 2014, studying the application of digital technology to expanding the depth and reach of community behavioural health services. He serves as a Director, Strategic Intermeddler and Connector at Thresholds, and the Myrtlewood Foundation as well as a member of the Northwestern Medicine Psychiatry Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of the Kennedy forum of Illinois.
David Gratzer, MD
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Canada
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Gratzer's research interests include mental health service delivery and the use of technology.
David Gratzer is an attending psychiatrist at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, where he is the lead for the iCBT (Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) project. He has published in the area, including in CMAJ, and has presented research findings at major conferences, including the APA Annual Conference. He is a peer reviewer for several journals, including Psychiatric Services, and serves on the Editorial Board of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. He blogs at davidgratzer.com.
Walter Greenleaf, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA
Dr. Greenleaf's research focuses on medical virtual reality and virtual reality for behavioural medicine.
Dr. Greenleaf is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer with a PhD in Neuro & BioBehaviour Sciences. Having been active in medical virtual reality research and development for more than 30 years, he has an extensive background in medical virtual reality technology.
Christian G. Huber, PD, MD
Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken (UPK), Switzerland
Dr. Huber's research focuses on psychiatry and psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, medical quality management, mental health services, and cognition and behaviour problems associated with psychotic disorders.
Dr. Huber worked at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013, he holds a position as supervising psychiatrist at the Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken (UPK) Basel, Switzerland. Clinical and mental health services research are the main focuses of his scientific work.
Aaron Jarden, PhD
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr. Jarden's research focuses on online assessment, particularly online well-being assessment and the implementation of online programs.
Dr. Jarden is a Senior Lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology. He is the president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing.
Yasser Khazaal, MD
Geneva University, Switzerland
Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Dr. Khazaal has created innovations (including digital and non-digital games-based innovations) for patient empowerment in mental health. He is also interested in addictive disorders, Internet addictions, and dual disorders.
Dr. Khazaal is an Assistant Professor of psychiatry at the University of Geneva. He is involved in several studies related in one part to the patterns of excessive use of the Internet and related technologies and in a second part in how to use such technologies to help people face mental disorders and addiction. He is involved in cognitive and behavioural treatments, e-mental health as well as in projects related to the development and assessment of games or computer-based treatments for mental and addictive disorders.
Mark Larsen, MEng, DPhil
Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr. Larsen's current research focuses on ehealth interventions for suicide prevention, mhealth app quality, mobile sensors for health, and social media analysis.
Dr. Larsen is a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, where his research focuses on the use of mobile interventions for mental health, particularly suicide prevention. He has a background in biomedical engineering, and the use of mobile apps and new technologies in health care.
Jessica M. Lipschitz, PhD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
Dr. Lipschitz is a clinical psychologist, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the associate director of the Program in Behavioral Informatics and eHealth at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her research involves the development/evaluation of innovative digital health interventions for a range of behavioural health concerns including anxiety, depression and management of chronic illness. Building upon her implementation science fellowship at the Boston VA Healthcare System, she also conducts research on how to integrate digital behavioural health solutions into health care systems. In addition to the research she performs, Dr. Lipschitz carries a part-time clinical caseload in the BWH Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program and supervises psychiatry residents in applying CBT.
Jennifer Nicholas, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Behavioural Intervention Technologies, Northwestern University, USA
Dr. Nicholas researches the use of mobile technology to assist in the management of bipolar disorder. She is developing mobile interventions that will decrease episode relapse and suicidal ideation and facilitate improved psychosocial functioning and quality of life for those with bipolar disorder.
Bridianne O'Dea, BHlthSci Hons., GradCertEdStud Higher Ed. PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr. O'Dea's research focuses on ehealth interventions, specifically for lowering youth depression and anxiety. She also focuses on social media and suicide prevention. Her other research interests are improving service delivery for mental health using ehealth interventions, particularly in school-based settings. Her methodologies include randomized controlled trials, survey designs, prospective cohort studies, machine learning, and automated text analysis.
Dr. O'Dea is a postdoctoral research fellow working in the field of emental health. She has research expertise in ehealth interventions and study design for youth mental health, social media and suicide prevention, and research ethics for internet studies.
Steven Ondersma, PhD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, USA
Dr. Ondersma's research focuses on proactive, opportunistic, brief e-interventions that are designed for use in health care settings.
Dr. Ondersma is an Associate Professor in the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. His primary interest is in brief, computer-delivered motivational interventions for substance use and other risk factors among high-risk parents, especially pregnant and postpartum women.
Adam Powell, PhD
President, Payer+Provider Syndicate; Adjunct of Health Informatics at Northeastern University; Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business, USA
Dr. Powell's research focuses on health care quality as it applies to mhealth and high-cost interventions, and specifically on evaluating health care interventions intended to improve quality of care. The interventions he evaluates are both clinical and administrative. Other topics that interest him include defining and measuring quality, as well as issues related to payment and managed care and the economic impact of interventions.
Dr. Powell is a health care economist, the President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, an adjunct of Health Informatics at Northeastern University, and a member of the visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of PsyberGuide. Dr. Powell is interested in developing systems for evaluating the quality of digital tools for mental health.
Julie Prescott, PhD
Senior Lecturer, University of Bolton, England
Dr. Prescott's research centres on cyber psychology and health/mental health. Her present research projects include a study investigating online health anxiety in pregnant women, how young people use an online counselling service, and a study looking at how people utilize social media for mental health support.
Dr. Prescott is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Bolton where she is the program lead for the BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling program. Her research area centres on cyber psychology and health/mental health.
Simone Rodda, PhD
Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Rodda's research interests include behaviour change involving brief and minimal interventions delivered via multiple modalities (i.e., Internet, telephone, text messaging, mobile).
Dr. Rodda has a background in psychology with a PhD from Monash University, Australia. She holds honorary positions at Deakin University and at Turning Point (Alcohol and Drug Centre) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Rodda is involved in multiple investigations of Internet-delivered CBT, chat and email counselling, online community forums, and also a study investigating the use of text messaging as a treatment adjunct. Her work is informed by over 17 years' work as a clinician, researcher, and manager in the field of addictions across smoking, alcohol, illicit drug use, and problem gambling.
Patrick Staples, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University, USA
Dr. Staples completed his doctorate degree in Biostatistics at Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees in statistics and mathematics at Brigham Young University. His research interests include characterizing patient behaviour using high-volume smartphone data and estimating the impact of contact networks on the spread of infectious disease.
John Strauss, MD, PhD
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Strauss' research interests include natural language processing, machine learning, and clinical app-electronic medical record integration.
Dr. Strauss' fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetics. His research interests involve clinical research informatics, machine learning, natural language processing, and psychiatric genomics and patient engagement.
Gillian Strudwick, RN, PhD
Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada
Research Focus and Bio
Dr. Strudwick is a Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. The overall goal of Dr. Strudwick's program of research is to identify how health information technologies can be effectively utilized to support and improve human health, particularly in the area of mental health. To do this, Dr. Strudwick has three research focus areas: 1) Improving health professional adoption and use of health information technologies; 2) Identifying how patients can obtain benefits through the use of health information technologies; 3) Contributing to the improved recognition and use of clinical data standards embedded within common health information technologies.
Amir Tal, PhD
Chief Scientist, Beit Ekstein, Danel group, Israel
Dr. Tal holds a PhD degree in community mental health from the University of Haifa, Israel. He has been working over the past 15 years in the mental health and disability field and he specializes in promoting research, policies, and practice aimed to improve the quality of life and social inclusion of people with disabilities. Dr. Tal is currently working as the chief scientist of Beit Ekstein, Danel group, an organization that provides person-centered services to people with disabilities. Furthermore, he serves as the moderator of social science-IL network and as a board member of Caregivers Israel and the international society of virtual rehabilitation. He is also a member of the World Psychiatric Association's stigma section. Dr. Tal has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, a special issue on digital health in psychiatric rehabilitation. He serves as a reviewer in many peer-reviewed journals.
Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis'), BSc, BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA
Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr. Tsanas is a Chancellor's Fellow in Data Science at the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Signal Processing and Communications, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Prior to his current post, he was a Research Fellow (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer (2014-2016), and Lecturer (2016) at the University of Oxford. His expertise is in time-series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning, with applications primarily in the medical domain. He has a long-standing interest in developing accurate and cost-effective monitoring tools for neurological disorders and mental disorders, capitalizing on minimally disruptive signals such as speech, longitudinal self-assessments on standardized questionnaires, and passively collected data from wearables and smartphones. His aim is to be developing robust decision support tools to facilitate diagnosis, symptom tracking, and rehabilitation.
Ipsit Vahia, MD
Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services, McLean Hospital, USA
Dr. Vahia is a geriatric psychiatrist with expertise in the domain of technology and aging. His research focuses on the use of technology and informatics in the assessment and management of older adults. Dr. Vahia currently oversees a clinical and research program on aging, behaviour, and technology. He has published extensively in major international journals and textbooks. Dr. Vahia serves on the American Psychiatric Association Council on Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and on the editorial boards of five journals. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 AAGP Barry Lebowitz Award and the 2014 APA Hartford Jeste Award.
Olena Zhabenko, MD, PhD
Ukrainian Research Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry and Drug Abuse, Ukraine
Dr. Zhabenko's research focuses on alcohol dependence, sleep, Internet intervention and young psychiatrist's activities.
Dr. Zhabenko was a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan (Fogarty International Substance Abuse Research Training Program) from 2010-2011. She graduated from the Luhansk State Medical University in 2005 and completed her residency at Luhansk Clinical Psychoneurological Hospital in 2007.
Melvyn Zhang Weibin, MBBS, DCP, MRCPsych
National HealthCare Group, Singapore
Dr. Zhang's research focuses on the evaluation of smartphone apps for behavioural intervention, the evaluation of Web-based portals for behavioural intervention, peer review of smartphone apps, and the application of smartphone apps for education in mental health.
Dr. Zhang is an ST-4 with the National HealthGroup (Singapore) Psychiatry Residency program. He has a keen interest in information technology and, coupled with his passion for mental health, he has been a strong advocate for using technology to enhance mental health education, research, and treatment. He has developed several online portals and smartphone apps to help local students master psychiatry within their 6-week internships. He has also developed several other smartphone apps to help provide core mental health information and toolkits to primary mental health care providers as well as allied mental health agencies in Singapore. In terms of research, he has made use of smartphone technologies to disseminate information and collate data during crisis situations. In terms of treatment, he has co-developed several online CBT and bibliotherapy modules for patients.