Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD

Personal Statement

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in development and evaluation of technology-based approaches in the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. This work includes development of illness self-management apps for people with schizophrenia, leveraging mobile and context-aware technologies for assessment of violence and suicidality in psychiatric hospital settings, behavioral sensing and modelling systems for detection of psychotic relapses, social media-based outreach to people who experience auditory hallucinations, and clinical texting interventions for individuals with serious mental illness  in community settings.

My research has been supported by grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Myrtlewood Foundation, and John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.  I publish extensively in scientific journals and is a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings including invited presentations at the White House and National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Innovation Speaker series. I have written editorials and commentaries on the use of technology-based interventions for Psychiatric Services, the BMJ, and the New York Times, and my research has been covered by Public Radio, Nature, Wired Magazine, Slate, and The Economist. I served on the Editorial Board of Schizophrenia Bulletin and am the Inaugural Editor of the “Technology in Mental Health” Column for Psychiatric Services.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UCSD School of Medicine, 2009
Clinical Internship, UCSD School of Medicine/VA San Diego, 2008
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2008
MS, Clinical Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005
BA, Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Israe , 2002

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Recent Publications

Cost of mHealth Versus Clinic-Based Care for Serious Mental Illness: Same Effects, Half the Price Tag.
(2021 Apr 1)
Psychiatr Serv 72(4): 448-451
Ben-Zeev D, Razzano LA, Pashka NJ, Levin CE

Mobile Phone Use and Acceptability for the Delivery of Mental Health Information Among Perinatal Adolescents in Nigeria: Survey Study.
(2021 Jan 26)
JMIR Ment Health 8(1): e20314
Kola L, Abiona D, Adefolarin AO, Ben-Zeev D

Assessing the relationship between routine and schizophrenia symptoms with passively sensed measures of behavioral stability.
(2020 Nov 23)
NPJ Schizophr 6(1): 35
He-Yueya J, Buck B, Campbell A, Choudhury T, Kane JM, Ben-Zeev D, Althoff T

Using behavioral rhythms and multi-task learning to predict fine-grained symptoms of schizophrenia.
(2020 Sep 15)
Sci Rep 10(1): 15100
Tseng VW, Sano A, Ben-Zeev D, Brian R, Campbell AT, Hauser M, Kane JM, Scherer EA, Wang R, Wang W, Wen H, Choudhury T

Predicting Early Warning Signs of Psychotic Relapse From Passive Sensing Data: An Approach Using Encoder-Decoder Neural Networks.
(2020 Aug 31)
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 8(8): e19962
Adler DA, Ben-Zeev D, Tseng VW, Kane JM, Brian R, Campbell AT, Hauser M, Scherer EA, Choudhury T

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