John Torous

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John Torous, MD MBI is director of the digital psychiatry division, in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and academic faculty. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency, fellowship in clinical informatics, and master's degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and 5 books chapters on the topic. His lab group creates, assesses, deploys digital mental health solutions including the LAMP smartphone app used in clinical studies for Alzheimer's Disease, Depression, Schizophrenia, Post-Operative Care Coordination, and Stress in college students. He serves as editor-in-chief for an academic journal on technology and mental health, JMIR Mental Health (, web-editor for JAMA Psychiatry, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and is an advisor to the smartphone mood study within the NIH's one million person All of Us research program.


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Top 10 research questions for digital mental health #DigitalMHQ


John Torous, Editor of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, considers the top 10 digital mental health research questions that are announced today by the NIHR Mindtech James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on Digital Mental Health.

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