The annual Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention has taken place in Washington DC (15-18 November 2018), bringing the cognitive-behavioural community together to explore current developments in research and practice.

At the conference, AffecTech research was represented by AffecTech academics Cristina Botella and Azucena Garcia Palacios, and AffecTech Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Desirée Colombo from Jaume I University. Together with other top researchers from the field, prof. Cristina Botella organised the symposium: “A revolution in care: updating knowledge and achieving implementable solutions in digital mental health”, where some core issues of using technologies in mental health were discussed.

Within the symposium, prof. Per Carlbring from Stockholm University, prof. Heleen Riper from Amsterdam University, prof. Stefan Hofmann from Boston University, prof. Azucena García-Palacios and ESR Desirée Colombo from Jaume I University focused their talks on personalised health, a worldwide priority and one of the strategic research areas to cope with the increasing prevalence rates of mental disorders, such as affective disorders.

The development of cutting-edge personal health technologies by means of a transdisciplinary integration constitutes indeed a cornerstone to achieve this aim. In this line, ESR Desirée Colombo presented some preliminary results of a smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment to capture emotion regulation in daily life: “Personal Technologies for Emotion Regulation: A New Perspective for the Understanding, Assessing and Intervening in Affective Disorders”.

Image: From left, prof. Stefan Hofmann, prof Rosa Baños (co-chair of the symposium), prof Azucena Garcia Palacios, Desiree Colombo, prof. Per Carlbring. Image provided by Desiree Colombo.

About AffecTech

The AffecTech project is an international collaborative network that advances personal health technologies for affective disorders – depression, anxiety and bipolar. AffecTech is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, via the programme H2020 – EU.1.3.1. – Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers.

Desirée Colombo is an AffecTech researcher and PhD student at the Universidad Jaume I, Spain. Her research focuses on mobile technologies for the understanding, assessment and intervention of emotion dysregulation in depression.