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, Israel, 2002

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Recent Publications

Combining mHealth Technology and Pharmacotherapy to Improve Mental Health Outcomes and Reduce Human Rights Abuses in West Africa: Intervention Field Trial.
(2024 Mar 27)
JMIR Ment Health 11(): e53096
Ben-Zeev D, Larsen A, Attah DA, Obeng K, Beaulieu A, Asafo SM, Gavi JK, Kadakia A, Sottie EQ, Ohene S, Kola L, Hallgren K, Snyder J, Collins PY, Ofori-Atta A, M-Healer Research Team

Developing the Workforce of the Digital Future: mHealth Competency and Fidelity Measurement in Community-Based Care.
J Technol Behav Sci 9(1): 35-45
Kopelovich SL, Buck BE, Tauscher J, Lyon AR, Ben-Zeev D

Loneliness in the Daily Lives of People With Mood and Psychotic Disorders.
(2024 Mar 1)
Schizophr Bull
Moran EK, Shapiro M, Culbreth AJ, Nepal S, Ben-Zeev D, Campbell A, Barch DM

Perception and appropriation of a web-based recovery narratives intervention: qualitative interview study.
Front Digit Health 6(): 1297935
Ali Y, Rennick-Egglestone S, Llewellyn-Beardsley J, Ng F, Yeo C, Franklin D, Perez Vallejos E, Ben-Zeev D, Kotera Y, Slade M

Identifying mechanisms of persecutory ideation maintenance with smartphone technology: Examining threat importance, certainty, rumination, and behavior change.
(2024 Mar)
Psychiatry Res 333(): 115751
Buck B, Tauscher JS, Whiting E, Wang W, Campbell AT, Ben-Zeev D

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