Digital and Treatment Innovations

Maya: A Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) App

Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry researchers are studying a new mobile app targeting anxiety in young adults. The app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based treatment for anxiety. Interacting with the app involves watching videos about anxiety, practicing exercises to target challenging thoughts and behaviors, and using relaxation and coping techniques.

Informing this research, they have recently published a review of techniques to increase engagement with smartphone apps for anxiety and depression. Read the full review in Nature Portfolio Journal.

Acknowledgements: This study was supported by the Weill Cornell Medicine Children’s Health Council Investigator Fund, the Pritzker Consortium, the Khoury Foundation, the Paul and Jenna Segal Family Foundation, and the Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation. 

Therapeutic Video Game to Improve COVID-19 Brain Fog

Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry researchers lead a clinical trial to alleviate lingering cognitive problems in COVID-19 survivors. The study investigates a neuroscience- informed digital technology/therapeutic video game from Akili Interactive as a cognitive intervention. 

New Study On Prescription Video Games To Treat COVID-19 Brain Fog

Discussion with leading academic researchers on COVID brain fog

Researchers recently published a paper in Translational Psychiatry showing improved brain function and mood symptoms when used by middle aged and older adults suffering from depression and poor executive skills.

Individual Differences in the Affective Response to Pandemic-Related Stressors in COVID-19 Health Care Workers

Benjamin Zebley, Danielle Wolk, Mary McAllister, Charles J.Lynch, Rachel Mikofsky, Conor Liston

Researchers investigated the evolving prevalence of mood and anxiety symptoms among health care workers from May 2020 to January 2021, risk factors for adverse outcomes, and characteristic modes of affective responses to pande,mic-related stressors. Results show that clinically significant mood and anxiety symptoms are highly prevalent and persistent among health care workers, and are associated with numerous risk factors, the strongest of which are related to pandemic stressors and potentially modifiable. Interventions aimed at reducing social isolation and mitigating the impact of fear of infection warrant further study.

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