Behavioral Research ITechnology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center
Dedicated to improving behavioral health through technology

Mental illness affects all people regardless of age, race, location, or nationality and is an incredible burden to individuals, families, employers, and society. In the face of this burden, cutting-edge technologies are enabling us to re-invent how we treat mental illness.

 

Housed at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, the BRiTE Center brings together a diverse group of researchers, clinicians, technologists, patients and mental health advocates with a common goal of improving the lives of those suffering with mental illness, their families, and communities. Harnessing  the Pacific Northwest’s innovative spirit, we work with industry, healthcare systems large and small, and individuals invested in developing creative technologies to improve population mental health, in our lifetime.  

 

Programs of Research

 

Center News

BRiTE Center welcomesJustin Tauscher as new postdoctoral research team member

June, 15, 2020:

Welcome to Justin Tauscher who recently joined the BRiTE Center as a postdoctoral fellow and mobile mental health support specialist. Justin completed his doctoral study at the University of Florida where he also earned a master’s degree in biomedical informatics and graduate certificate in implementation science. He brings an extensive clinical background having served as a clinical supervisor and dually license mental health/addiction counselor previous to his doctoral study and will be a valued member of the team!

Dror Ben- Zeev, PhD, joins Behavioral Health Institute Telehealth Rapid Response 
(BHI-TRR) - Strategic Oversight Committee

May, 5, 2020:

The BHI Telehealth Rapid Response group was convened to provide statewide coordination and mobilization in partnership with providers, HCA/DBHR, MCOs, ACHs, UW and others to respond to the need for rapid behavioral health telehealth deployment, training and technical assistance. The group will develop a long-term proposal related to digital health more broadly but is focusing immediate attention on supporting access to care, equipment, technical assistance, billing, and staff/client training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRiTE Staff Member Suzanne Meller, MPH, MSW, LSWAIC, leading project examining COVID-19 response

Apr. 20, 2020

Congratulations to Suzanne Meller for receiving an award from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She will serve as PI for "Attitudes, readiness, and adoption of digital health in community mental health centers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

BRiTE Faculty Member Benjamin Buck, PhD, receives NIMH Career Development Award (K23MH122504)

Apr. 15, 2020

Congratulations to Benjamin Buck for receiving Notice of Award for a 5 Year K23 from NIMH. His Project is entitled, "User centered design of mobile health interventions to promote help-seeking and reduce duration of untreated illness among young adults with early psychosis.  

Microsoft awards grant to BRiTE Center Affiliate Tim Althoff to study natural language processing

Apr. 14, 2020

Congratulations to Tim Althoff for receiving an 'AL for Accessibility' grant from Microsoft to develop natural language processing models for empathic-communications in text-based mental health support. 

 
 

Our People

BRiTE, brite center, Davd atkins, dror ben-zeev, mhealth, mental health UW, washington, research, mental health, mobile health, technology, outcomes, university of washington, psychiatry and behavioral science, mh4mh, smi, human-centered design, artificial intelligence, CBT, quality assurance, testing, psychotherapy, FOCUS, NLP, DEPTH, therapy, UW, Veterans, VA, gerontology, aging, mental health donation, mental health help, substance abuse, Rachel Bran, Angela Klipsch, Jennifer Villatte, Kevin Hallgren, Aaron lyon, sarah kopelovich, greg reer, jill locke, ben buck, amy bauer, simon Goldberg, Jennifer schurer, jeff munson, kate comtois, oleg zaslavsky, Theresa hoeft, eric burns, health informatics, interventions, population health, UW population health, mobile mental health, health technology, digital, tech, mobile, smartphone, computer, tablet, tailored, program
David Atkins, PhD

Research Professor

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Benjamin Buck, PhD
Instructor, Clinical Training Lead
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Jordan Graff, MPH

Center Coordinator/Research Coordinator

Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD

Professor, BRiTE Center Director

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Ayesha Chander, MRes

Research Coordinator

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Kevin Hallgren, PhD
Assistant Professor
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Suzanne Meller, MPH, MSW, LSWAIC

Research Coordinator

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Justin Tauscher, PhD, MS

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

BRiTE, brite center, Davd atkins, dror ben-zeev, mhealth, mental health UW, washington, research, mental health, mobile health, technology, outcomes, university of washington, psychiatry and behavioral science, mh4mh, smi, human-centered design, artificial intelligence, CBT, quality assurance, testing, psychotherapy, FOCUS, NLP, DEPTH, therapy, UW, Veterans, VA, gerontology, aging, mental health donation, mental health help, substance abuse, Rachel Bran, Angela Klipsch, Jennifer Villatte, Kevin Hallgren, Aaron lyon, sarah kopelovich, greg reer, jill locke, ben buck, amy bauer, simon Goldberg, Jennifer schurer, jeff munson, kate comtois, oleg zaslavsky, Theresa hoeft, eric burns, health informatics, interventions, population health, UW population health, mobile mental health, health technology, digital, tech, mobile, smartphone, computer, tablet, tailored, program
Rachel Brian, MPH
Research Project Director
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Trevor Cohen, PhD
Professor
BRiTE, brite center, Davd atkins, dror ben-zeev, mhealth, mental health UW, washington, research, mental health, mobile health, technology, outcomes, university of washington, psychiatry and behavioral science, mh4mh, smi, human-centered design, artificial intelligence, CBT, quality assurance, testing, psychotherapy, FOCUS, NLP, DEPTH, therapy, UW, Veterans, VA, gerontology, aging, mental health donation, mental health help, substance abuse, Rachel Bran, Angela Klipsch, Jennifer Villatte, Kevin Hallgren, Aaron lyon, sarah kopelovich, greg reer, jill locke, ben buck, amy bauer, simon Goldberg, Jennifer schurer, jeff munson, kate comtois, oleg zaslavsky, Theresa hoeft, eric burns, health informatics, interventions, population health, UW population health, mobile mental health, health technology, digital, tech, mobile, smartphone, computer, tablet, tailored, program
Angela Klipsch, MS

Research Coordinator

BRiTE, brite center, Davd atkins, dror ben-zeev, mhealth, mental health UW, washington, research, mental health, mobile health, technology, outcomes, university of washington, psychiatry and behavioral science, mh4mh, smi, human-centered design, artificial intelligence, CBT, quality assurance, testing, psychotherapy, FOCUS, NLP, DEPTH, therapy, UW, Veterans, VA, gerontology, aging, mental health donation, mental health help, substance abuse, Rachel Bran, Angela Klipsch, Jennifer Villatte, Kevin Hallgren, Aaron lyon, sarah kopelovich, greg reer, jill locke, ben buck, amy bauer, simon Goldberg, Jennifer schurer, jeff munson, kate comtois, oleg zaslavsky, Theresa hoeft, eric burns, health informatics, interventions, population health, UW population health, mobile mental health, health technology, digital, tech, mobile, smartphone, computer, tablet, tailored, program
Oleg Zaslavsky, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Our Affiliates

Tim Althoff, PhD
 Assistant Professor
Amy Bauer, MD, MS

Associate Professor

Eric Bruns, PhD

Professor

Sunny Chieh Cheng, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Theresa Hoeft, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jill Locke, PhD 

Research Assistant Professor

Greg Reger, PhD
 Deputy Associate Chief of Staff
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Aaron Lyon, PhD

Associate Professor

Keshet Ronen, PhD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jeff Munson, PhD

Research Associate Professor

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