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Lecture Overview

A significant proportion of people with mental illness do not access any treatment due to several barriers. In this lecture, Dr Simon D'Alfonso explains how mental health apps have the ability to overcome these barriers to treatment and complement mental health care. Watch this lecture to gain an understanding of how mental health apps work to help with a mental health condition and how to evaluate these apps to suit each individual.


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Simon D'Alfonso

Dr Simon D'Alfonso is a research fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne (CIS), with areas of interest including digital mental health, cyberpsychology and digital wellbeing. He is also head of computing at eOrygen, the digital mental health division of the Orygen youth mental health institute. Since 2013 Dr D'Alfonso has been involved as lead developer in the Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) project, which has pioneered the use of online social media and networking in digital mental health interventions. He is also spearheading development of a new 'pocket therapist' app, which will deliver personalised real-time therapy recommendations based on an individual's context and behaviour, as inferred from their smartphone usage, sensor data and momentary questionnaires. See Educator Profile


11 Total Rating(s)
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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
21 Mar 2020

well presented

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Colin Gardiner
04 Mar 2020

A good relevant topic.

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caron cummings
20 Feb 2020

I area I did not think to in depth about for the use of apps with mental health and pros and cons of same

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Sharon O'Riely
08 Feb 2020

Very informative. I was not aware of the amount of apps available on the media platform and how so many are not evidence based; however I also learnt that moving forward this will be a prominent part of mental health service delivery.

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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
13 Jan 2020

Excellent, informative presentation that has inspired me to look at some of these apps, in otder to recommend to my patients / clients.

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Shweta kamlesh shukla
03 Jan 2020

it is very good source of information in this technological era

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bronwyn ann beecroft
17 Dec 2019


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Patumarin Ennis
16 Dec 2019

Very difficult to understanding about I.T. May be very useful for clients and even better if a nurse staffs able to deliver.