Mental Health on the Go

My forthcoming research paper reporting on a mobile app that gamifies an emerging treatment for anxiety and stress  – a paper that hopefully will be officially out in the next month or so – is starting to be discussed in … Continue Reading

More Than a Feeling

How emotions shape our lives Screentime Why Diane Sawyer got it right about technology and our kids in her ABC Special Report. Prepared to Care: The Case for Kindness and Self-Kindness The roots of children’s kindness start early—and withers without … Continue Reading

Digital Mental Health in the Era of Techlash: Towards Humane Health Technology

Note to readers: This is a long-ish read (closer to 15 rather than 5 minutes) As someone who studies mental health, I rarely stop to ask myself about its definition. Yet, definition is increasingly at the front of my mind … Continue Reading

Blast from the Past: The Game Doesn’t Care: Why the Gamification of Mental Health Isn’t Working (Yet)

This post is from 5 years ago, July, 2013. I believe we’re all still thinking about and struggling with these same issues today!  Games that are not games. There is a serious barrier to the effective gamification of mental health. … Continue Reading

Calming the Politics of Fear: Technology and the Anxious Brain

“Calming the Politics of Fear: Technology and the Anxious Brain” is my talk from Personal Democracy Forum 2016 (June 10, 2016), adapted here for a written format. This talk was part of a set of talks entitled “Tools We Need.” I argue that using … Continue Reading

Reducing Anxiety with a Smartphone App

Some great coverage on our hot-off-the-presses study on reducing anxiety with a smartphone app. You can find the scientific paper here. And you can learn a little bit more here.   As featured on psychescircuitry.com by Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

My Personal Zen

To follow up on my posts about gamifying mental health, I’m excited to announce that Personal Zen, my science-based (but still fun) stress-reduction game, is ready to share with the world! It’s free in the App Store, so please download it … Continue Reading