Behavioral Sensing

Dror Ben Zeev, PhD

Dave Atkins, PhD

Sara Kopelovich, PhD

Ayesha Chander, MRes


Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH)

Using a mobile data collection system that leverages smartphone technology to capture an abundance of time-varying information both passively (i.e., behavioral sensing) and actively (e.g., Ecological Momentary Assessment or EMA) we aim to: 1) Evaluate whether need for care is associated with real-time/real-place AVH experience; 2) Examine relationships between baseline demographic and functional variables, time-varying social and contextual factors, and AVH; 3) Test relationships posited in a cognitive model of AVH.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTPro)

Psychosis resulting from schizophrenia spectrum disorders and major mood disorders is one of the most disabling health concerns worldwide. Evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions are recommended as standard of care by national psychosis treatment guidelines but are rarely accessible. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is the most well-researched psychotherapy for psychotic disorders, yet fewer than 1% of American mental health providers are trained in this intervention. To date, there has been no scalable way to offer high-quality and sustainable training to mental health providers in CBTp-informed care. 


BRiTE faculty have partnered with small business to systematically develop, pilot, and rigorously test CBTpro, a novel Computerized Clinician Support Tool that will use cutting-edge spoken language technology to provide immediate feedback and coaching to mental health staff and trainees who wish to learn CBTp. CBTpro will provide a rapid means of scaling and sustaining CBTp in routine care settings across the US, resulting in more clinicians  across the country providing higher quality CBTp to individuals with psychosis.


This work is supported by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fast-Track Small Business Technology Transfer grant (R42MH123215-01). For more information about this project, please contact Principal Investigator Sarah Kopelovich, PhD (