About PiaP

What is Psychologist in a Pocket?

Psychologist in a Pocket (PiaP) is a mobile application intended to serve as an adjunct to the clinical assessment of depression. PiaP screens for depression symptoms based on the DSM-V and the ICD-10 classification systems. It employs text analysis of electronic data (such as text messages, social network posts and Emails). Current and future research directions include other behavioral indicators such as sleep, movement and speech.

This was the result of interdisciplinary efforts in clinical psychology and computer science. The first prototype was developed in 2011 as part of a computer science student research project at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. From 2014 to the present, there has been broader collaborative work on the PiaP, which includes the Department of Medical Informatics of the RWTH Aachen University Hospital (UKA), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (Pakistan) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) (Philippines).

In 2012, the PiaP was among the Five Finalists in the Heritage Open mHealth Challenge, which was sponsored by Heritage Provider, Open mHealth and University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

The PiaP Research Team is composed of: Jó Ágila Bitsch (RWTH Aachen University), Roann Munoz Ramos (RWTH Aachen University Hospital), Paula Glenda Ferrer Cheng (University of Santo Tomas), Christian Kohlschein (RWTH Aachen University) and Stephan Michael Jonas (RWTH Aachen University Hospital).

The Team would also like to thank: Tim Ix, Eugen Seljutin, Sarah Winter and Paul Smith (COMSYS, RWTH Aachen University, Germany) Francine Rose de Castro-Bofill (University of the East, Philippines) and Marko Jovanović (mHealth Division, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Germany) for their contributions to this project.

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