Current Projects

Improving Usability

Principal Investigators: Patricia Areán, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, and Carmen Gonzalez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, University of Washington

This study is a partnership between The University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Communications, and the Bighorn Valley Health System in Eastern Montana.

While evidence-based psychosocial interventions (EBPIs) are important, their design is cumbersome, complex, overwhelming, inflexible, and minimizes factors that are crucial for quality delivery of care. 

This study will improve the usability of EBPIs by making modifications based on clinician feedback. We hypothesize that doing so will enhance our ability to deliver quality treatment and result in better patient outcomes.

Phases of the study:

DISCOVER

We’ll conduct qualitative interviews with clinicians previously trained in an EBPI called “problem-solving therapy” (PST).

DESIGN AND BUILD

PST and supporting tools will be modified based on clinician feedback gathered in the Discover phase.

TEST

A small, randomized, and controlled trial will test modified training to more traditional PST approaches. Clinicians will be trained in either traditional PST or the modified treatment, and then employ these approaches with patients. A small, randomized, and controlled trial will test modified training to more traditional PST approaches. Clinicians will be trained in either traditional PST or the modified treatment, and then employ these approaches with patients.

Clinical Trials number: PENDING