CFP: the 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health

The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2030, mental illnesses will be the leading disease burden globally. Advances in technology create opportunities for collaboration between computation and mental health researchers to develop technologies to help those in mental distress. Yet for mental health technologies to succeed, human-centered design and evaluation will be essential.

This 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health will provide an opportunity for researchers to meet under the auspices of CHI 2018. It follows two successful symposia at CHI 2016 and 2017.

In convening at CHI we are especially interested in work that seeks to understand users and contexts. This lends itself naturally to a focus on disadvantaged groups and social inclusion.

Four kinds of submission are invited.

  • Short papers are expected to be developed later for inclusion in a special issue of JMIR, to be published in May 2019. Authors will present a poster at the symposium.
  • Long papers should be submitted straight to JMIR. Authors will be invited to give a presentation at the symposium.
  • Posters describe work-in-progress, a technology, or an existing publication.
  • Social papers are maximum one page in length and act as a CV for networking.

Short papers will be made available via the symposium website. Submissions will be managed via Easychair. Our earlier special issue of JMIR is available at .

Please cite as “G. Wadley, R.A. Calvo, J. Torous, M. Czerwinksi (2018). ­­3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health: Understanding, Engaging, and Delighting Users. in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.”


  • Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne
  • Rafael A. Calvo, University of Sydney
  • John Torous, Harvard Medical School
  • Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 2 February 2018
  • Acceptance notifications: 22 February 2018
  • Symposium: 21 April 2018
  • Special issue papers due by: Jan 2019