For queries, please contact the conference chairs at Ulster University: Dr Patrick McAllister (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Edel Ennis (email@example.com), Dr Colin Gorman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mental ill health is prevalent, and citizens need more support to prevent mental ill health as well as supporting their treatment and management of their mental health and wellbeing. With traditional services being under pressure, there is a need for more research to investigate the use of digital technologies to support the mental health and wellbeing of people.
However, we must also bear in mind that the implementation of digital technologies cannot solve all our problems. Nevertheless, digital technologies often come with benefits such as being somewhat sustainable, ubiquitous and being accessible 24/7. This conference is looking to attract novel work involving digital mental health interventions, e.g. mental healthcare apps, chatbots, web apps, wearables, sensors, and virtual or augmented reality tools to support a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
We also want to attract data science, machine learning and AI research that is applied to the mental health domain - especially given the wealth of real-world mental health data that is available, which can provide new knowledge discoveries and insights.
The conference will feature keynotes and talks from leading academic researchers and service providers. There will be conference proceedings and a likely special issue in a Journal. We hope to see you in Derry~Londonderry.
Sandra Bucci is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Research Professor. She is an honorary consultant clinical psychologist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), co-Director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit (GMMH), and Editor-in-Chief of the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. Prof. Bucci leads a large co-produced programme of research focused on developing digital solutions for people with severe mental health problems.
Dr Charlotte Blease is a philosopher and interdisciplinary healthcare researcher at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Affiliate at Digital Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Boston, USA. Prior to this she was based at Harvard Medical School for five years and has held academic posts in the UK, Ireland, and Germany.
Blease has a diverse publication portfolio of more than 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters ranging across digital health, clinical ethics, philosophy of medicine, and psychology. Among her research expertise is assessing patient online record access and surveys on clinicians’ views about the impact of artificial intelligence on their jobs.
Next year, her co-edited book on the “Nocebo Effect” will be published (Mayo Clinic Press). She is also writing a book about the psychology of the medical appointment, and the potential for artificial intelligence to help address inherent human limitations with delivering healthcare (Yale University Press).
Abstract submission (300-500 words)
Authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the conference and to present their work at the conference. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and accepted abstracts will appear online in the conference proceedings.
This conference is supported by Atlantic Futures research stream on Digital mental health support for young people. The Atlantic Futures Project is a partnership between Atlantic Technological University, Ulster University, University of Galway and University of Limerick, funded by the HEA North South Research Programme.
This conference is also sponsored by the HSC R&D office in Northern Ireland.
Special Issue Journals
Nature Partner Journals
As part of the conference, we will also be supporting Journal paper submissions to a special 'AI in Mental Health' paper collection which will be published in a Nature Partner Journal (npj Digital Medicine or npj Mental Health Research).
npj Digital Medicine is an online open-access journal dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed research in all aspects of digital medicine including the clinical implementation of digital and mobile technologies, virtual healthcare, data analytic methodologies and innovative sensor development to provide the necessary data and longitudinal monitoring to best inform the broadest medical community. The journal aims to guide innovation and the transformation of health and healthcare through the incorporation of novel digital and mobile technologies.
By choosing to publish your work in npj Digital Medicine, you will benefit from:
The visibility of publishing your work in the #1 ranking journal in the ‘Healthcare sciences and services’ category of Clarivate’s Web of Science
We have secured a special issue on digital mental health and wellbeing in the Journal of Behaviour & Information Technology (Impact Factor = 3.320 ). We will invite and encourage authors to submit their best work to this Journal.
Prof. Gennaro Cordasco, Università degli Studi della Campania
Dr Matthias Kraus, University of Augsburg
Dr Margaret McLafferty, Ulster University
Dr Elaine Murray, Ulster University
Jonathan Smyth, Action Mental Health
Gavin McConvey, Action Mental Health
Dr Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh
Dr Anne Moorhead, Ulster University
Dr Kristel Miller, Ulster University
Dr Andrea Bickerdike, Munster Technological University
Dr Edward Coughlan, Munster Technological University
Dr Con Burns, Munster Technological University
Prof Sinéad McGilloway, Maynooth University
Dr Liadh Kelly, Maynooth University
Paul Best, Queen's University Belfast
Topics of interest (not exhaustive):
Digital mental health interventions
Health apps, web apps, and software in mental health
Data science, analytics, and machine learning in mental health
Speech analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and smart speaker applications for mental health
Conversational user interfaces and chatbots for mental health
Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in mental health
Web technologies in mental health
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applications in mental health
Digital Transformation of mental health services
Digital mental health service co-design and modelling
Sensors and wearable technologies in mental health
Affective computing and positive computing
Databases and datasets in mental health
Cyber-psychology and digital wellbeing
Digital mental health care models
Large Language Models (LLMs) in mental health
Digital citizenship in mental health
Ethics in digital mental health
Digital mental health employee wellbeing
Co-production and co-creation of digital mental health services
Digital mental health as adjunctive therapy
Digital mental health and social prescriptions
Addressing engagement and retention in digital mental health services
Using gamification approaches in digital mental health interventions
Evidence-based approaches for mental health services
Developing policy and practice around digital mental health interventions
Regulation, compliance, quality assurance and standards in digital mental health service design
Design and evaluation of digitally supported content, therapies and interventions
Digital mental health interventions for marginalised groups
Digital storytelling, design fictions, interaction design, graphic design for mental health service co-creation
Registration fee will cover coffee breaks and lunches and an evening conference dinner/meal.
Given HSC have also sponsored this event, HSC/NHS staff can attend free of charge. Please email Dr Edel Ennis if you are HSC/NHS staff to attend the talks. Note that this does not include catering/evening meal. Hence, if you wish to avail of catering/evening meal, then please register using the link.