Imogen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Psychologist working at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on advancing understanding and treatment of mental health difficulties using digital technologies, particularly smartphone apps, online therapies and virtual reality. Her PhD was completed at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, and involved the development and evaluation of a brief psychological intervention for improving coping with hearing voices that combined standard therapy sessions with use of a smartphone app. In her current work, she is seeking to understand how virtual reality and smartphone-based interventions can improve youth mental health. She is also interested in understanding the mechanisms of, and developing novel treatments for, unusual experiences such as hearing voices and psychosis. She works clinically with young people experiencing mental ill-health. Imogen has written a number of scientific articles in the field of digital mental health (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Imogen_Bell2) and a book chapter on the application of digital technologies in the psychological treatment of psychosis (https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780128150122/a-clinical-introduction-to-psychosis).
Imogen Bell summarises the gameChangeVR trial of virtual reality for agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis.[read the full story...]
Imogen Bell summarises a recent review of virtual reality experiences as tools to support mental health therapy, which finds some freely available applications that may show promise for mental health.[read the full story...]
Imogen Bell blogs about a recent randomised controlled trial of the SlowMo app, which aimed to slow down thinking patterns and correct interpretation biases in people experiencing paranoia.[read the full story...]
Imogen Bell summarises a systematic review relating to her own Wellcome Trust funded research into repetitive negative thinking in anxiety and depression.[read the full story...]
Imogen Bell blogs a timely systematic review which compares the interactional qualities of psychological therapy delivered face-to-face and over the telephone.[read the full story...]
Imogen Bell summarises Trish Greenhalgh’s paper on her recent NASSS framework (Nonadoption, Abandonment, Scale-up, Spread, and Sustainability), which is aimed at improving the success of digital health interventions in healthcare.
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