Project Description

An exciting new development in psychotherapy research is the evidence that internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (iCBT) can be as effective as face-to-face therapy. We are currently reviewing the literature and building a database of iCBT studies to answer important questions about this online form of therapy. So far, we have coded 53 studies on features related to the target populations as well as the iCBT program itself. One of the questions we want to answer concerns the generalizability of patient samples in these studies. Some have assumed that patients in iCBT studies were less representative of the average patient with depression. Our lab has explored these data and found quite the opposite: iCBT studies tend to use less strict research criteria than studies of antidepressants and face-to-face psychotherapy. We are also answering questions about the accessibility and features of iCBTs. While many iCBT programs have been adapted and developed, few are actually available to the public! Moreover, the programs vary substantially in which components of depression treatment they include. We want to look at whether the presence or absence of different components relates to the efficacy of the programs.

Technology or Computational Component

The topic of study is internet-based therapy for depression. Students can learn about different internet-based therapy approaches that have been developed. The study data will be analyzed by way of meta-analyses and meta-regression so students will get a chance to learn the software "Comprehensive Meta-Analysis."