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Title: Smartphone Psychology: New Approaches Towards Safe and Efficacious Mobile Mental Health Apps
Contributor(s): Marshall, Jamie M (author); Dunstan, Debra A  (author)orcid ; Bartik, Warren  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020-06
Early Online Version: 2019-12-02
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1037/pro0000278Open Access Link
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Abstract: Practicing psychologists are being faced with the reality that mobile mental health apps for smartphones and tablet devices are increasing in popularity. This growth area within e-mental health has been well documented in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. This article provides an update on the issues of safety and efficacy in mental health app development, two of the biggest concerns that practicing psychologists have about these new digital tools. Governments and medical authorities are wrestling with how to regulate the health app market to avoid harm to users. At the same time, a lack of research into the efficacy and effectiveness of most mental health apps in the various app stores leaves clinicians and consumers with uncertainty. The vast majority of the limited research to date has been completed by those involved in an app’s development. Further independent research and replication are required to demonstrate legitimacy and increase the acceptance of mental health apps as valid sources of therapy. Complicating this issue is disparity about an acceptable methodology for examining the effectiveness of a mental health app. This article proposes a new approach to incorporate multiple baseline single-case designs to increase the amount of evidence and to guide larger-scale randomized controlled trials, something that could and should include practicing psychologists. This novel approach also proposes that mental health apps undergo a new “certification” process with the participation of app store marketplaces.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(3), p. 214-222
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1939-1323
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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