Co-Director of the Division of Digital Psychiatry, Matcheri Keshavan MDm has won the prestigious 2019 NAMI research award. A leader in many facets of psychiatry, Dr. Keshavan has also been an early pioneer in digital psychiatry for psychosis. With his support and skills, digital psychiatry research has flourished at BIDMC. You can read more about the award here: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-Awards/Scientific-Research-Award/2019-Research-Award
Liza Hoffman, LICSW, and clinical director of digital psychiatry spoke at Harvard Business School on her experiences using apps and digital tools with patients in care settings: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidshaywitz/2019/05/18/digital-medicine-digital-health-plus-evidence-plus-humility
Research Fellow in Digital Mental Health: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Digital Psychiatry
This unique research fellowship at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, smartphone apps, digital medications, and patient care offers the opportunity to work at the frontier of mobile health at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship focuses on implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of clinically focused insights derived from novel data obtained from both ongoing and new clinical research studies, community clinics, and a digital mental health clinic. The position is primarily funded through a grant from the Wellcome Trust.
The Digital Psychiatry Division (https://www.digitalpsych.org/) of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School Affiliated Teaching Hospital, is leading efforts to translate advances in digital phenotyping and smartphone interventions for mental health to clinical solutions to improve the care of patients with illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The team is led by John Torous MD, board certified in both psychiatry and clinical informatics and offers the opportunity to make a strong impact and improve mental health with new technologies. Current focuses of the group include smartphone app evaluation, digital phenotyping, digital medications, global mental health augmented by technology, and ethics/privacy. Because we develop app tools (https://github.com/BIDMCDigitalPsychiatry/LAMP-start/blob/master/README.md), numerous opportunities to implement and assess new features and functions exist.
Duration: Up to 2 years secured funding. Further extensions contingent on future funding.
Start: Can be immediately and negotiable
With this current opening we are seeking a candidate with a strong skillsets related to digital mental health including experience with clinical studies, designing digital health interventions, trail design, and both qualitative as well as quantitative evaluation skills. Opportunities to present work at the annual CHI Computing and Mental Health Symposium (http://mentalhealth.media.mit.edu/) and American Psychiatric Association annual meeting highlight the diversity of projects and audiences offered. The successful candidate would be expected to lead several projects at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, and clinical care that would result in first author publications. Finally, the successful candidate would be expected to work with our team in pursuing both industry and academic grants to expand this work.
An ideal candidate has been awarded or has completed the requirements for a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent and is a trainee pursuing advanced studies beyond the doctoral level in preparation for an independent career in quantitative data science. In collaboration with and under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator (PI), a successful Research Fellow will engage in activities in the digital mental health space that will further his or her professional development.
Doctoral degree in related to digital mental health
Strong publication history and writing skills
Strong quantitative and analytical skillset
Prior experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal, organizational, writing, and project management skills.
Strong organizational and data management skills.
Prior healthcare related research or team experience
Data visualization experience
For more information, please email John Torous MD: firstname.lastname@example.org with a recent CV. We hope to be able to sponsor international visas but are still investigating that.
Our group joins in the discussion on digital therapy. Watch the video [free] below by Dain Evan, https://www.cnbc.com/dain-evans/
Read our group's new blog with NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog
A free access link to "A computational study of mental health awareness campaigns on social media" is available here. Published in Transnational Behavioral Medicine on March 5th, 2019.
The BIDMC Digital Psychiatry Program was mentioned in the New York Times on Jan 1st, 2019 in a story on Facebook and suicide prevention efforts. The story can be accessed via the Times' website and the quote is below:
“It’s hard to know what Facebook is actually picking up on, what they are actually acting on, and are they giving the appropriate response to the appropriate risk,” said Dr. John Torous, director of the digital psychiatry division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “It’s black box medicine.”"
A new piece, from our team and other authors across the world, explores an approach towards consensus around standards for smartphone apps and digital mental health tools. Published in World Psychiatry, you can also access/read it here for free:
BIDMC Digital Psychiatry cited by CNBC Christina Farr as she explains how she went on a social media break from Facebook and Instragram - and felt better for it. Is the best digital health intervention not actually one at all? https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/01/social-media-detox-christina-farr-quits-instagram-facebook.html
Slides from The 2018 ABCT mHealth Pre-Conference: An Innovation Forum sponsored by the Technology & Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIGs , November 2018