Technology offers the potential to play a critical role in improving behavioral health interventions in a manner that enables rapid diffusion of science-based interventions and which may be cost-effective. Evidence-based psychosocial treatment, provided via an automated, technology-based platform (e.g., web, mobile devices), could substantially advance treatment efforts by improving quality and availability of care, leveraging the efforts of clinical staff, and projecting treatment to rural and other underserved areas. Additionally, the temporal flexibility of technology-based interventions may allow for on-demand, ubiquitous access to therapeutic support, thereby creating unprecedented models of intervention delivery and reducing barriers to accessing care. In this presentation, Dr. Marsch will provide an overview of her line of research focused on the development and evaluation of technology-based, psychosocial prevention and treatment interventions targeting substance use and related issues (including HIV prevention and mental health issues). This work has been conducted in a variety of settings, including physician offices, substance abuse treatment programs, criminal justice settings, educational settings and via the Internet. Dr. Marsch will discuss strategies for developing and evaluating technology-based behavior change interventions in a manner that ensures the inclusion of science-based content and evidence-based informational technologies. She will also discuss potential research opportunities in this area.
Review Lisa A. Marsch’s biographical statement.