Use of Patient Electronic Communication in Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment

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Study Overview

Due to the widespread use of social media, behavioral health providers have increasingly interacted and/or reviewed patients social media activity. This project seeks to harness social media data in a clinical mental health setting by partnering with both patients and their providers. 

We will work with these two groups to create social media and digital data dashboard that can be shared before or during clinical encounters. 

Our objective is to explore and evaluate how a patient-centered personalized social media summary dashboard could be used in a behavioral health therapy session to improve depressive symptoms and anxiety and if a social media dashboard improves patient and provider therapeutic alliance and engagement.

Study Description

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. We would like to invite you to participate in a Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health (CDH) paid research study.  We are looking for mental and behavioral health therapists and their patients to help us explore how digital data can be incorporated in mental health therapy. 

To learn more about this project, please watch this short video for information

If you are interested, please complete this short survey to determine your eligibility. 

Additional Information:

If you are interested and eligible, you can earn up to $200 over the course of 3 months. You would complete  
  • Baseline survey  
  • Donate social media and digital data 
  • Survey at day 60 and day 90  
  • Debriefing interview at day 60  
We are always happy to connect via phone to provide additional information or clarification. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (267) 428-0125 or at
The project is approved by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institutional Review Board (UPenn IRB #: 831246). All responses will be kept confidential. There are no known risks associated with participation in this research beyond those of everyday life.   

  • Study Identifier: 831246

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