How Can We Use Computer Technology to Improve Mental Health?
General Catalog Course Title:
Psychology 24, Section 2
Terms Offered:
Fall 2013
Course Thread: 
Human-Centered Design
Instructor: 
Kring, Ann

In this seminar, we will consider the ways in which technology, particularly computer and smart phone technology can be harnessed to help improve the lives of people with mental illness. To do so, we will take a look at readings in mental health and technology. In addition, we will review many currently available apps that are designed to boost mental health, identify gaps that can be filled, and explore the limits to using technology in this domain. This is a Creating Change Theme Seminar. This seminar is part of the On the Same Page initiative.

Related web site: http://bspace.berkeley.edu

Professor Kring received a B.S. in psychology from Ball State University (with a minor in computer science) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her current research focus is on emotion and psychopathology, with a specific interest in the emotional features of schizophrenia and the linkage between cognition and emotion in schizophrenia. In addition, she studies emotion in healthy individuals, with a focus on individual differences in expressive behavior, gender differences in emotion, and the linkages between cognition, personality, social context, and emotion. She does computer programming for some of her research, and is an avid tech enthusiast who hopes to harness technology in useful ways to promote mental health.

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