BRiTE is one of the department’s flagship centers for technology and mental health. We bring together a diverse group of multidisciplinary researchers, clinicians, technologists, patients and mental health advocates with a common goal of using innovative technologies to improve the lives of those suffering with mental illness, their families, and communities.

Main Challenge

Traditional in-person treatment approaches and brick-and-mortar clinic settings have limited capacity to provide targeted, scalable, high-quality person-centered care. Consequently, the majority of people suffering from mental illness and behavioral problems struggle with significant unmet mental health needs.

Our Approach

  • Rigorous design, development, testing, and implementation of cutting-edge technology (e.g., smartphone treatment apps, behavioral sensing, Natural Language Processing, Large Language Models) in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Repurposing existing technologies (e.g., texting, social media) as mental health treatment and recovery support tools.
  • Strategic partnerships to implement and evaluate novel technology-assisted resources in real-world treatment and community settings in the U.S. and internationally.

Arya Kadakia, BA
BRiTE Center Coordinator

Sample Projects

Assessing the Determinants and Antecedents of Persecutory Thoughts (ADAPT)

Attitudes, readiness, and adoption of digital health in community mental health centers during COVID-19 pandemic

Bolster: Development and testing of a caregiver-facing mobile health intervention to reduce duration of untreated psychosis

Deploying a texting intervention for psychosis; from research to real-world practice

Developing a digital training resource for clinicians learning CBT for psychosis (CBTpro)

Developing digital health resources for young adults with early psychosis and their families

Developing measurement-based care tools for addiction treatment clinics

Development of an mHealth support specialist for early psychosis caregivers in Washington State

Discovering the capacity of primary care front-line staff to deliver a low-intensity technology-enhanced intervention to treat geriatric depression

Discovery of conversational best practices in online mental health support

Feasibility of mHealth technology-enabled service for remote observed therapy of methadone and COVID-19 screening for patients in an opioid treatment program

Impact of the Preventing Addiction-Related Suicide (PARS) Intervention on patients who receive community-based addiction treatment

mHealth in West Africa: developing an evidence-based psychosocial intervention toolkit

mHealth Washington

Mobile RDoC: Using smartphone technology to understand Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH)

Pilot study of mHealth for Veterans with serious mental illness

Understanding practical alcohol measures in primary care to prepare for measurement-based care