Jenna Duffecy, PhD

Jenna Duffecy, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, United States

Dr. Duffecy’s research background is in behavioral medicine. Her specific interests include methods to improve weight loss as well as using technology to reduce barriers to receiving behavioral and mental health care.



We were asked by the multinational leaders of an NIH funded international research hub to produce a toolkit that allows for community clinicians to reach out to patients suffering from depression.


Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a smartphone intervention for schizophrenia. Ben-Zeev D, Brenner CJ, Begale M, Duffecy J, Mohr DC, Mueser KT. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2014. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbu033

Interest in Behavioral and Psychological Treatments Delivered Face-to-Face, by Telephone, and by Internet. Mohr DC, Siddique J, Ho J, Duffecy J, Jin L, Fokuo JK. Ann. Behav. Med. 2010; 40:89-98. doi: 10.1007/s12160-010-9203-7 [link]

Harnessing context sensing to develop a mobile intervention for depression. Burns MN, Begale M, Duffecy J, Gergle D, Karr CJ, Giangrande E, et al. J Med Internet Res. 2011;13(3):e55. Epub 2011/08/16. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1838. PubMed PMID: 21840837; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3222181. [link]

Effect of telephone-administered vs face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy on adherence to therapy and depression outcomes among primary care patients: a randomized trial. Mohr DC, Ho J, Duffecy J, Reifler D, Sokol L, Burns MN, et al.
JAMA. 2012;307(21):2278-85. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.5588. PubMed PMID: 22706833. [link]

Project onward: an innovative e-health intervention for cancer survivors. Duffecy J, Sanford S, Wagner L, Begale M, Nawacki E, Mohr DC. Psychooncology. 2012. doi: 10.1002/pon.3075. PubMed PMID: 22438297; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3387296. [link]

A randomized controlled trial evaluating a manualized telecoaching protocol for improving adherence to a web-based intervention for the treatment of depression. Mohr DC, Duffecy J, Ho J, Kwasny M, Cai X, Burns MN, Begale M. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70086. 2013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070086. [link]

Strategies for mHealth Research: Lessons from 3 Mobile Intervention Studies. Ben-Zeev D, Schueller SM, Begale M, Duffecy J, Kane JM, Mohr DC. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2014 May 14; doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0556-2. ISSN: 0894587X [link]

Development and Usability Testing of FOCUS: A Smartphone System for Self-Management of Schizophrenia. Ben-Zeev, D, Kaiser, SM, Brenner, CJ, Begale, M, Duffecy, J, & Mohr, DC. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Advance online ´┐╝publication. 2013, September 9. doi: 10.1037/prj0000019. [link]

Skin Self-Examination Education for Early Detection of Melanoma: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Internet, Workbook, and In-Person Interventions. Robinson JK, Gaber R, Hultgren B, Eilers S, Blatt H, Stapleton J, Mallett K, Turrisi R, Duffecy J, Begale M, Martini M, Bilimoria K, Wayne J. J Med Internet Res 2013;16(1):e7. [link]