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Design for Depression

Technology has the potential to increase access and support for individuals who lack access to formal mental health services. However, currently available digital tools to support depression management often have low adoption rates. In this project, we wanted to identify the broad range of technologies used by people who are managing depression. In particular, we investigate how these tools and services are used as part of their day-to-day lives. Using these insights, we are interested in designing solutions that support individual’s lived experiences and mental health goals. 

The PIs are Madhu Reddy, PhD, and David Mohr, PhD. The project, Design for Depression (D4D) was completed using internal funding.


  • Eschler, J, Burgess, E., Reddy, M., Mohr, D. (2020). “Emergent Self- Regulation Practices in Technology and Social Media Use of Individuals Living with Depression” In Proceedings of ACM Conf on Human Factors in Computing (CHI’20). Honolulu, Hawaii. April 27-30, 2020.
  • Burgess, E., Ringland, K., Nichols, J., Knapp, A., Eschler, J., Mohr, D., Reddy, M. (2019). “I think people are powerful”: The sociality of individuals managing depression. In Proceedings of the 22ndACM Conf on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’19). Austin, TX. Nov, 19-13

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