Leveraging Novel Technologies and Artificial Intelligence to Advance Practice-Oriented Research

Dana Atzil-Slonim, Juan Martin Gomez Penedo, Wolfgang Lutz

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Mental health services are experiencing notable transformations as innovative technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly utilized in a growing number of studies and services. These cutting-edge technologies carry the promise of substantial improvements in the field of mental health. Nevertheless, questions emerge about the alignment of novel technologies and AI systems with human needs, especially in the context of vulnerable populations receiving mental healthcare. The practice-oriented research (POR) model is pivotal in seamlessly integrating these emerging technologies into clinical research and practice. It underscores the importance of tight collaboration between clinicians and researchers, all driven by the central goal of ensuring and elevating client well-being. This paper focuses on how novel technologies can enhance the POR model and highlights its pivotal role in integrating these technologies into clinical research and practice. We discuss two key phases: pre-treatment, and during treatment. For each phase, we describe the challenges, present the major technological innovations, describe recent studies exemplifying technology use, and suggest future directions. Ethical concerns and the importance of aligning humans and technology are also considered, in addition to implications for practice and training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-317
Number of pages12
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number3
Early online date25 Oct 2023
StatePublished - May 2024

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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Practice-oriented research
  • Psychotherapy research


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