Ready, Willing, or Able to Use Technology?

Mobile behavioral health is already in our collective “hip pocket,” with applications to help us track our exercise, to measure our sleep patterns and to remind us to take our medications. Daily practice consists of reviewing text messages, emails, pictures or videos brought into clinical offices by clients and patients who bring their mobile devices to ask for help.  Clinical students are utilizing eLearning platforms to collaborate without being hindered by the barriers of distance. Additionally, electronic medical records, avatars, robotics electronic and personal health records, and “big data” are of import.  Each of these innovations represents undeniable change that is exciting to and embraced by some professionals, yet foreign and perhaps anxiety producing to others

In response to the change in technology and behavioral science, a dedicated group of behavioral professionals have collaborated to advance best practices in the development and use of technology as academics, practitioners, scientists and policy-makers and in doing so have filled a void and captured the attention and interest of hundreds of their colleagues across behavioral disciplines.

Driven by an esprit-de-corps that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, age and geography, this passionate group of professionals has banded together for more than 3 years to form a non-profit organization known as the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS). CTiBS is a multi-disciplinary organization is dedicated to creating and supporting a vision that galvanizes the potential of technology and the behavioral sciences to create proactive interventions that are accessible to the world at large.

Examples of initiatives already being developed by CTiBS include:

  • Development of the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, a journal dedicated to the timely publication of research related to technology and human behavior.
  • Exploration of competencies for behavioral health professionals to define and ensure best practices in using technological resources to enhance their practice.

If you are invested in the future of behavioral science in education, research, practice or policy and realize the profound impact of technology, join CTiBS.  Bring your ideas, share your research, and rub digital elbows with like-minded colleagues who seek to develop and to promote best practices for and innovation in telemental health, mobile health, virtual reality, electronic health records, machine learning, affective computing and much more. Show your support for our mission by becoming a member and by posting and commenting in our LinkedIn group.

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