Late Half Day Seminars

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Seminar 07: Clinical Seminar in Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression with Comorbid Health Conditions

Lead Presenter: Kristin Schneider, Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL
Co-Presenters: Jessica Magidson, MA, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, Matthew C. Whited, PhD, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Depression is comorbid with many health conditions, such as obesity, HIV/AIDS and smoking. Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) is an evidence-based therapy that is suited for use in medical populations given its straightforward, time efficient nature and ease of application to comorbid conditions. BATD is based on behavioral principles and targets contextual factors that affect behavior. BATD utilizes a values-based approach to help patients identify and increase the rate of healthy behaviors that bring them into contact with positive reinforcers. BATD uses behavioral strategies such as self-monitoring, values assessment, activity ranking, activity planning and behavioral contracts and has been adapted to treat depression when comorbid with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, smoking and substance abuse. This clinical seminar provides instruction on administering BATD in the context of a comorbid health condition for the purpose of treating depression, increasing healthy behaviors (e.g., healthy diet, medication adherence) and decreasing unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking, overeating). Mobile applications available in the open market have been developed to assist in the execution of some of the behavioral strategies and may be of use in the clinical setting. We will teach the basic principles of BATD, review the efficacy literature, provide session-by-session instructions and discuss mobile technology that may be leveraged in the delivery of BATD. We will also outline strategies for adapting BATD for application to a variety of comorbid health conditions with practical recommendations on addressing barriers and integrating BATD into other treatments. Participants will receive a treatment manual and reference list. All skill levels are welcome.

Seminar 09: Basic Android Programming for Behavioral Scientists

Lead Presenter: Yuelin Li, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

This workshop covers basic Java programming on cellular phones running the Android operating system.
My plan is to cover practical programming skills for a real-time data capture app on a cellular phone running Android version 2.3.5 and up. We will go over, step by step, how to program an app to wake up automatically when you power on an Android device, schedule assessments and prompt a user to respond at specific times. After the scheduled assessment the app returns to a background thread until the next assessment. Time permitting, we will also briefly touch on more advanced topics such as data upload safeguards and encryption.

Prior knowledge on the following is helpful but not required: 1) Java programming (because Java is the language of Android); 2) Linux/Unix (because Android is Linux-based); and 3) web (because you may want to upload data to a Cloud server). But do not feel intimidated by these technical terms. There are many free resources online that will help you learn just about any computer programming language.

This workshop is in response to the increasing popularity of mobile technology in behavioral research, in intervention delivery and real-time assessments. The main challenge, of course, is to program the mobile app. This workshop covers the basics in Android app development and deployment. We will not cover iPhone/iPad programming. However, some of the concepts (e.g., a "service" that runs in the background) are also useful for the iOS platform.

Workshop participants should come with a laptop installed with the Android SDK (various tools to help you build the app), Eclipse IDE (an Integrated Development Environment that has an editor, debugger, emulator and other useful tools). A smart phone or a tablet with an microSD card and Android OS version >= 2.3.5 is also helpful (so that you can see how your app works on a real device). Eclipse and Android SDK installation can be found by an internet search engine or on my website at Additional materials for this workshop will also be posted there when available.

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