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

Dissociation of Cognitive Effort-Based Decision Making and Its Associations With Symptoms, Cognition, and Everyday Life Function Across Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression.
(2023 Apr 18)
Biol Psychiatry
Barch DM, Culbreth AJ, Ben Zeev D, Campbell A, Nepal S, Moran EK

The relationship between appraisals of auditory verbal hallucinations and real-time affect and social functioning.
(2022 Dec)
Schizophr Res 250(): 112-119
Buck B, Munson J, Chander A, Wang W, Brenner CJ, Campbell AT, Ben-Zeev D

Automated Detection of Cognitive Distortions in Text Exchanges Between Clinicians and People With Serious Mental Illness.
(2023 Apr 1)
Psychiatr Serv 74(4): 407-410
Tauscher JS, Lybarger K, Ding X, Chander A, Hudenko WJ, Cohen T, Ben-Zeev D

Developing the Workforce of the Digital Future: Leveraging Technology to Train Community-Based Mobile Mental Health Specialists.
(2022 Aug 3)
J Technol Behav Sci
Buck B, Kopelovich SL, Tauscher JS, Chwastiak L, Ben-Zeev D

Relapse prevention through health technology program reduces hospitalization in schizophrenia.
(2022 May 30)
Psychol Med
Homan P, Schooler NR, Brunette MF, Rotondi A, Ben-Zeev D, Gottlieb JD, Mueser KT, Achtyes ED, Gingerich S, Marcy P, Meyer-Kalos P, Hauser M, John M, Robinson DG, Kane JM

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