Author | John Torous, MD, MBI


Digital Technologies in Mental Health Care

June 26, 2020


Sometimes, the book is better than the movie; sometimes vice versa. But there is a lot we don't know as to why in-person therapy works for some and why digital works for others. In this video, experts discuss the evidence.

A Novel Approach to Contact Tracing

June 11, 2020


COVID-19 has spurred many changes leading to wider adoption of various technologies to support public health efforts. But even data collected for the greater good can have unintended negative or punitive consequences.

Why You May Want to Swipe Left on Social Media

March 11, 2020


Based on recent data, it is looking more and more like the answer may be that social media is not particularly beneficial for most of us.

7 Trends in Digital Mental Health for 2020

December 11, 2019


It has been a busy year for digital mental health. While no one knows what 2020 will bring, some themes are sure to continue to shape the field.

Negative and Positive Consequences of Internet Use

October 11, 2019


Across all mental illnesses, especially in schizophrenia, the goal is to optimize cognitive functioning. Digital Psychiatry Section Editor John Torous, MD, MDI, sheds light on new advances.

Therapy for Gaming Disorder: New Applications of Old Solutions

October 04, 2019


Technology addiction and screen time are topics of increased concern, but often the discussion does not focus on solutions. In this video, John Torous, MD discusses a new randomized clinical trial that explores the efficacy of CBT to guide patients in their recovery.

Chatbots: What Are They and Why Care?

June 27, 2019


While conversational agent technology is growing rapidly, the various technologies (chatbots) might not yet be fully equipped to help patients with clinical needs.

Digital Mental Health: How to Engage With Innovation, Part 2

June 04, 2019


Among the innovations presented at the 2019 APA meeting: voice analytics for detecting and monitoring mood, and smartphone and web-based passive data as a digital biomarker for mental health disorders.

Digital Mental Health: How to Engage With Innovation, Part 1

June 03, 2019


How safe and effective are mental health apps? What’s the impact of social media on youth? Insights here from presenters at APA 2019.

Smartphone Apps for Serious Mental Illness: A Step-by-Step Tutorial to Help You Support Your Patients

May 22, 2019


You don’t need to be a tech wizard to help patients and offer guidance on digital mental health tools.