The 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health

The 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health which took place at CHI 2019, Glasgow on 5th May 2019 was a great success. We took notes and photos during the symposium and have placed them here in advance of a formal write-up later.

Participants at CMH2018 engaging in the technology design challenge

Call For Participation

The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2030, mental illnesses will be the leading disease burden globally. If mental health technologies are to be successful at supporting those who experience mental distress to succeed, human-centered design of technology and services is essential.

This 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health will provide an opportunity for researchers to meet under the auspices of CHI 2019. It follows three successful symposia at CHI 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In convening at CHI, we are especially interested in work that seeks to understand users and contexts of use. Our particular focus is on people who are difficult to reach, and who may be socially or digitally excluded, because these people may be less likely to seek and receive help..

There are three submission types:

  • Long papers should be submitted straight to JMIR Mental Health. Authors of JMIR papers must register at the workshop for inclusion in the special issue. Authors of papers that have been submitted and accepted by April 13 will be invited to give a brief presentation.
  • Posters describe work-in-progress and must include both a user study / empirical data and clearly relate to technology. Submit to Easychair .
  • Social papers are maximum one page in length and act as a CV for networking. They can also include existing publications. Submit to Easychair .

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline for posters and social papers: extended to 4th March 2019
  • Acceptance notifications: extended to 11th March 2019
  • Submission window for long papers: January 2019 – 10 June 2019
  • Symposium: 5th May 2019

The full Call-For-Papers is available here. Please cite as “J. Torous, M. Wolters, G. Wadley, R.A. Calvo (2019). ­­4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health: Understanding, Engaging, and Delighting Users. in Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.”

We will use the Twitter hashtag #CMH2019 .

The current special issue of JMIR (stemming from the 2018 workshop) is available at .

If you would like to know more about previous symposia, some of the activities and outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Symposium are described in: Calvo RA, Dinakar K, Picard R, Christensen H, Torous J. “Toward Impactful Collaborations on Computing and Mental Health”. J Med Internet Res 2018; 20(2): e49 [DOI]


09:00–09:30 Welcome and Introductions
09:30–10:15 Invited Speaker 1
10:15–11:15 Coffee and Posters
11:15–12:00 Invited Speaker 2
12:00–13:30 Group Lunch
13:30–14:30 Presentations of Accepted JMIR Papers
14:30–15:30 Panel: Designing for Ethics
15:30–16:00 Coffee and Posters
16:00–17:00 eMentalHealth in Practice: Guided Discussion

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Til Wykes is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London and NIHR Senior Investigator. She is also editor of the Journal of Mental Health and Vice Dean of Psychology and System Sciences  at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Her work focuses on the development on novel treatments for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, her studies on cognitive remediation therapy have redefined the concept of recovery in schizophrenia. Professor Dame Til Wykes currently leads several projects investigating computerized cognitive remediation as well as smartphone and sensor based monitoring in serious mental illnesses. A strong advocate for patients, she has been an early advocate of patient-centric and ethical technology use in mental health.

Dr. Victoria Betton is founder and director of mHabitat – an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care, and Co>Space North – a digital health and tech for good co-working and collaboration space. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. She is co-author of Teen Mental Health in an Online World and you can find her blog at You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog.


John Torous, MD is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for JMIR Mental Health and currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps.

Maria K. Wolters is Reader in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, London, UK. She received her PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany, in Communication Research and Phonetics and worked as a speech synthesis development engineer and clinical phonetician at Rhetorical Systems (now Nuance), the University of Newcastle, and Queen Margaret University before joining the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed papers on accessibility, telehealth, mental health, computational linguistics, and speech science and has a long track record of interdisciplinary collaboration with psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists.

Rafael A. Calvo is Professor at the University of Sydney, and ARC Future Fellow. He worked at the Language Technology Institute in Carnegie Mellon University, Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) and on sabbaticals at the University of Cambridge and the University of Memphis. Rafael also has worked as an Internet consultant for projects in the US, Australia, Brasil, and Argentina. He is the author of two books and over 100 publications in the fields of learning technologies, affective computing and computational intelligence. Rafael is Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Internet Research Human Factors (JMIR-HF), co-Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing, and co-author of Positive Computing (MIT Press) with Dorian Peters.

Greg Wadley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research involves the design and evaluation of technologies for health and wellbeing, including collaborative projects in the areas of mental health, social connectedness, hospitalized children, smoking cessation, chronic pain and addiction. He holds degrees in computer science (Queensland), cognitive science (Melbourne), and human-computer interaction (Melbourne). Since 2009 a major focus has been collaboration with an Australian youth mental health clinic to design and trial online social therapies for young people and their carers.

Posters and Social Papers

Sachin Pendse Identity-Based Dimensions of Mental Health and Technology Use: Social Paper for the 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health (social)
Nejra Van Zalk and Maarten Van Zalk Longitudinal Links Between Adolescent Social Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms: Testing the Mediational Effects of Cybervictimization (social)
Giovanna Nunes Vilaza and Jakob Bardram Shared-Access Platforms for Behavioural and Health Data: Requirements and Open Challenges (poster)
Sasha Danilina, Anna Cox, Sonia Johnson and Andres Fonseca Deriving design implications for serious videogame for people with psychosis (poster)
Simon D’Alfonso and Mario Alvarez-Jimenez An Introduction to eOrygen (social)
Jakob E. Bardram On the Design of Technology and Applications for Personal Health Technology in Mental Health – A Social Paper (social)
Pegah Hafiz Pegah Hafiz, PhD Candidate – Social Paper (social)
Max Birk Social Paper: Max V. Birk (social)
Hashini Senaratne, Kirsten Ellis, Sharon Oviatt and Glenn Melvin Towards Efficacious Mobile Technologies for Anxiety Self-Regulation (poster)
Hashini Senaratne Social Paper: Hashini Senaratne (social)
Elvira Perez Vallejos, Tommy Nilsson, Peer-Olaf Siebers, Penelope Siebert, Michael Craven and Carolina Fuentes Untangling multi-stakeholder perspectives in digital mental healthcare (poster)
Julio Vega Social Paper: Julio Vega (social)
Marcel Neuenhaus Marcel Neuenhaus – Social Paper (social)
Yavuz Inal, Frode Guribye, Jo Wake, Sunniva Myklebost and Tine Nordgreen Integrating Usability Evaluations into the Design of an Internet Based Cognitive Remediation Program (poster)
Toni Michel Issues regarding the Person-Activity Fit of Youth Mental Health Apps (poster)
Carla Nave Carla Nave – Current Research (social)
Sachin Pendse and Amit Sharma Cross-Cultural Differences in the Use of Online Mental Health Support Forums (poster)
Darius Adam Rohani, Andrea Quemada Lopategui, Nanna Tuxen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Lars V. Kessing and Jakob E. Bardram How are activities in different Life-areas perceived? A behavioral study on depressed patients (poster)
Franziska Tachtler How can technology support mentors in promoting mental wellbeing of unaccompanied migrant youth? (poster)
Gillian Cameron Social Paper – Gillian Cameron (social)
Julia Manning Stress and wellbeing: Qualitative exploration of senior secondary school teachers’ symptoms, management and use of digital support tools (poster)
Julia Manning Social Paper Julia Manning (social)
Patrick McAllister Social Paper: Patrick McAllister (social)
Kyle Harrington, Michael Craven and Max Wilson AD Prevent-Detect: Evaluation of Cognitive Screening and Cognitive Training for People at risk of Dementia. (social)
Peter Washington, Benoit Pit-Claudel and Pablo Paredes Mental Health Interventions through Brain Wave Oscillations (poster)
Claire Ann Banga, Shunan Wu, Matthias Schwannauer, Ethel Quayle, Bonnie Auyeung, Elena Gherri, Sunil Raman, Freya Jones, Johannes Millowtisch and Maria Wolters Predicting Sleep Difficulties In Early Adolescence: An ML Analysis Of EMA Data Coupled With Passive Smartphone Sensing Using eMoodie App (poster)
Claire Ann Banga Social Paper – Claire Ann Banga (social)
Stephanie Balters, Madeline Bernstein and Pablo Paredes On-road stress analysis for in-car interventions during the commute (poster)
Stephanie Balters, James A. Landay and Pablo Paredes On-road guided slow breathing interventions for car commuters (poster)
Regan Mandryk Regan Mandryk: Social Paper for CHM 2019 (social)
Talayeh Aledavood, Marharyta Dekrt, Tuomas Alakörkkö, Richard Darst, Ilya Baryshnikov, Jesper Ekelund, Erkki Isometsä Mobile Monitoring of Mood (MoMoMood) pilot: a multi-sensor digital phenotyping study (poster)
Hiroshi Mendoza, Shannon Wu, Julia Alison, James Landay and Pablo Paredes Empathetic conversations in the car (poster)
Emma Nicol Emma Nicol (Social paper) (social)
Diane Rasmussen Pennington Diane Pennington – social paper (social)
Chris Greenhalgh Chris Greenhalgh (Databox) – Social submission (social)
Cale Passmore Social Paper for the 4th Annual Computing and Mental Health Symposium (social)
Sowmya Karunakaran and Rashmi Ramakrishnan Testing Greyscale Interventions to Reduce Negative Emotional Impact on Manual Reviewers (social)
Hongmei Chi and Huijun Li Serious Games intervention to improve mental health disorders in China (poster)
Uichin Lee, Hyunsoo Lee and Joonyoung Park Positive Computing for Digital Wellbeing (social)
Niranjan Karnik Smartphone and Tablet Interventions for Underserved and At-Risk Youth (social)
Dionne Bowie-DaBreo, Sandra-Ilona Sunram-Lea, Corina Sas and Heather Iles-Smith A content analysis and ethical review of mobile applications for depression: Exploring the app marketplace (poster)
Gillian O’Neill Gillian O’Neill, Phd Candidate – Social Paper (social)
Ibrahim Ghaznavi, Usman Jehanzeb, Abbas Edalat and Duncan Gillies Usability evaluation of an immersive virtual reality platformfor self-attachment psychotherapy (poster)
Raymond Bond Artificial intelligence meets mental health: From user log analytics to chatbots (poster)
Melissa Aji, Dorian Peters, Christopher Gordon, Delwyn Bartlett, Rafael A. Calvo, Khushnood Naqshbandi, Nick Glozier Mixed-methods study of user needs and preferences in mobile apps for sleep disturbance (poster)
Kiran Ijaz, MS, Naseem Ahmedpour, Sharon Naismith, Rafael A. Calvo An Immersive VR Platform for Assessing Spatial Navigation Memory in pre-dementia Screening: A Study of Feasibility and Usability (poster)