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Specialization

  • Development and evaluation of technology-based approaches in the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness

Biography

Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in development and evaluation of technology-based approaches in the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Ben-Zeev serves as the Co-Director of UW's Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center (https://www.brite.uw.edu/) and Director of the mHealth for Mental Health Program (www.mh4mh.org), a multidisciplinary effort to harness mobile technology to improve the outcomes of people with psychiatric conditions. His research includes development of self-management apps for people with serious mental illness, leveraging mobile and context-aware technologies for assessment of violence and suicidality in psychiatric hospital settings, behavioral sensing and modelling systems for detection of psychotic relapses, social media-based outreach and remote data collection involving people who experience hallucinations, and community-based clinical texting interventions. Dr. Ben-Zeev’s work has been supported by grants from the NIH NSF, CMMI, PCORI, VA, and several foundations. Ben-Zeev’s studies have been covered by NPR, The Washington Post, Nature, Wired Magazine, Slate, The Economist, and the New York Times. He serves as the Editor of the "Technology in Mental Health" Column for the Journal Psychiatric Services and is a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings including invited presentations at the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Academies, and the White House.