The latest from our lab

Follow our team's recent activities and mentions in the community.

December 3, 2019

Community Partners

Read about our division's work with local mental health community partners:

November 6, 2019


Leah J. Beight in the Department of Anesthesia was selected to present at the Research Assistant Learning Initiative (RALI) Grand Rounds on 11/12/19. She will present an overview of her work with mindLAMP in Anesthesia and share preliminary results on how the platform is helping improve patient outcomes in post-operative care.

September 17, 2019

Dr. John Torous selected for WHO Digital Health Technical Advistory Group (DHTAG)

Dr. Torous has been selected as a member of the new World Health Organization's (WHO) Digital Health Technical Advisory Group (DHTAG) and Roster of Experts. The group aims to harness the power of digital health to help achieve WHO’s triple billion goals as set out in its General Programme of Work (GPW13), and its Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Read about the World Health Assembly resolution that prompted the launch of DHTAG here.
September 12, 2019

The APA App Evaluation Model is featured on healthcare blogs

In collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association (APA), our team has developed a framework to help patients and clinicians evaluate and select mental health apps. The goal of the evaluation model is not to rank or rate apps, but instead equip individuals with a methodological approach to determine an app's efficacy, security, and personal relevance.

Read more about our onoging work on the App Evaluation Model on our website and learn more about where it was recently featured here.

September 4, 2019

Dr. Can Mişel Kilciksiz joins the division of Digital Psychiatry

Earlier this month, Dr. CanMişel (Jean-Michel) Kilciksiz joined the Digital Psychiatry Division at BIDMC. Dr. Kilciksiz earned his M.D. at Koç University School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey before he began a research fellowship with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At McLean, he performed quantitative assessments of mania and psychosis during hospitalization using automated analysis of face, voice, and language. Dr. Kilciksiz also contributed to a meta-analysis on bipolar disorder and a review on novel psychiatric research methodologies. Within our lab, Dr. Kilciksiz is focused on researching cognitive decline in early psychosis using digital technologies.

Learn more about Dr. Kilciksiz’s research and read some of his publications below:

Yapici Eser H, Kacar AS, Kilciksiz CM,Yalçinay-Inan M and Ongur D (2018) Prevalence and Associated Features of Anxiety Disorder Comorbidity in Bipolar Disorder: A Meta-Analysis andMeta-Regression Study. Front. Psychiatry 9:229. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00229

B Babaoglu, D Sevgi, A Kibar, C Kilciksiz, S Taskiran, O Ergonul; Factors that affect adolescent problem solving skills: Time spent with family, bullying exposure and body perception. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 24, Issue suppl_2, 1 October 2014, cku166–137, DOI:10.1093/eurpub/cku166.137

August 4, 2019

Dr. Keshavan receives the 2019 NAMI research award

Co-Director of the Division of Digital Psychiatry, Matcheri Keshavan MD, has won the prestigious 2019 NAMI research award. A leader in many areas of psychiatry, Dr. Keshavan is an early pioneer in digital psychiatry for psychosis. Under his leadership, digital psychiatry research has flourished at BIDMC. Read more about the award here.

May 23, 2019

Liza Hoffman, LCISW speaks at the Harvard Digital Medicine Symposium

Liza Hoffman, Clinical Director of the digital psychiatry division, presented at the Harvard Digital Medicine Symposium at Harvard Business School. She described her research on how patients evaluate and choose apps. Read more about the symposium here.

December 31, 2018

Dr. John Torous is quoted in The New York Times

Dr. John Torous, the Director of the digital psychiatry division at BIDMC, weighs in on Facebook's efforts to prevent suicide. 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,” he says. Read the full article here.

Dr. John Torous presents at IBM’s AI Research Week

AI Research Week, hosted by the MIT IBM Watson AI Lab, is a week-long event designed to bring together leaders in emerging technology. Dr. Torous sat on a panel on Wednesday to facilitate conversation around the intersection of mental health and machine learning, and the role ethics play in digital psychiatry and AI. He presented on several projects the Division of Digital Psychiatry is currently working on, many related to how data extracted from smartphones can be captured and analyzed to improve diagnoses and clinical care. Read more about the lab's projects here.


The Division of Digital Psychiatry joined with digital health experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss apps and evaluation with the American Psychiatric Association this weekend in Washington DC.