Health Studies Brown Bag Lunch

The next Health Studies Brown Bag Lunch will be on Thursday, April 17 at 12pm in Althouse 08 with Professor Suman Ambwani. The information for her discussion is as follows:

Mobile self-help interventions for Anorexia Nervosa:

Conceptual, ethical, and methodological considerations for clinicians and researchers.

Recent advances in the availability of mobile applications and internet-based programs for eating disorder treatment call for a discussion of the acceptability, efficacy, and implications of these tools as well as the practicality of using them to augment treatment as usual. This presentation will review and critically evaluate several conceptual, ethical, and pragmatic issues associated with employing a mobile-guided self-help intervention for Anorexia Nervosa (AN). I will then describe the development of a mobile guided self-help intervention currently under evaluation among inpatients and outpatients with AN in the U.K. The presentation will delineate ways in which these tools can enhance the accuracy of assessment, increase access to psychotherapy (such as by facilitating motivation and confidence to change) and complement the efficacy of adjunct treatments for eating disorders. Moreover, the portability of mobile-guided self-help is particularly appealing given the range of precipitants and maintaining factors that individuals with eating disorders face in their natural environments. I will describe preliminary feedback from pilot research investigating the acceptability and feasibility of a mobile-guided self-help intervention for people with eating disorders and conclude by offering practical suggestions for implementing these tools in clinical practice.