Smart designs for smart technologies: research challenges and emerging solutions for scientist-practitioners within e-mental health

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Clough, Bonnie A. and Casey, Leanne M.. 2015. "Smart designs for smart technologies: research challenges and emerging solutions for scientist-practitioners within e-mental health." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 46 (6), pp. 429-436. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000053
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Smart designs for smart technologies: research challenges and emerging solutions for scientist-practitioners within e-mental health

ERA Journal ID6568
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsClough, Bonnie A. (Author) and Casey, Leanne M. (Author)
Journal TitleProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Journal Citation46 (6), pp. 429-436
Number of Pages8
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0735-7028
1939-1323
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000053
Web Address (URL)http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pro/46/6/429
Abstract

Consumers are increasingly likely to access various forms of e-mental health, and there is considerable danger that they may be exposed to untested interventions. Traditional research designs, such as the randomized controlled trial (RCT), are limited in their capacity to match the pace of development and evolving nature of e-mental health. There are a number of unique challenges associated with research into the development and use of technologically based interventions. This article discusses these challenges and examines emerging strategies that may enable clinicians to be more confident when integrating e-mental health in their practices. We argue that greater use of small sample size designs, greater collaboration and research in applied settings, as well as more focused empirical investigation during program development stages are needed. We use a research example of a Smartphone application aimed at the treatment of anxiety disorders to illustrate the procedure, value, and clinical applications of each of the emerging research designs.

Keywordse-mental health; mHealth; single case research; sequential multiple assignment randomized trial; multiphase optimization strategy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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© 2015 American Psychological Association. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
Griffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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