Evaluation of an asynchronous remote communities approach to behavioral activation for depressed adolescents

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In an effort to address the significant challenges in access to and engagement with evidence-based psychosocial interventions for adolescent depression, the proposed research is piloting the use of Asynchronous Remote Communities (ARC) supported behavioral activation (BA) to treat adolescent depression. We aim to 1) build and conduct usability testing on a functional and robust ActivaTeen platform that will satisfy the needs of mental health clinicians and adolescent patients and 2) test the feasibility, usability, and change in proposed target mechanisms (therapist alliance, timeliness of intervention, social belongingness, and engagement) and outcomes of BA+ActivaTeen compared to BA treatment only within a moderately-sized randomized control trial conducted within Seattle Children’s Hospital outpatient psychiatry clinic.

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August 1, 2022 June 30, 2025

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Seattle/Puget Sound

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Hospital, Online/remote/apps/social media, Outpatient

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