Toward Impactful Collaborations on Computing and Mental Health

J Med Internet Res. 2018 Feb 9;20(2):e49. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9021.


We describe an initiative to bring mental health researchers, computer scientists, human-computer interaction researchers, and other communities together to address the challenges of the global mental ill health epidemic. Two face-to-face events and one special issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research were organized. The works presented in these events and publication reflect key state-of-the-art research in this interdisciplinary collaboration. We summarize the special issue articles and contextualize them to present a picture of the most recent research. In addition, we describe a series of collaborative activities held during the second symposium and where the community identified 5 challenges and their possible solutions.

Keywords: digital interventions; human-computer interaction; interdisciplinary collaboration; mental health.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Placement / methods*
  • Mental Health / standards*