Principal Investigator:  Michelle Nicole Burns, Ph.D.

Funded by:  K08MH094441-01A1

The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a culturally tailored, accessible intervention for underserved youth. This intervention, delivered via a mobile phone application and brief telephone/email/text support, is based on minority stress models of mental health disparities and transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques that can help youth manage both Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The mobile phone format is used to assist youth with distress as they encounter it in daily life, by suggesting coping skills tailored to the youth's current emotions and their intensity.

We have completed preliminary work to better understand context-specific risk factors for anxiety and depression in youth, develop an intervention that targets such risk factors, and gather feedback from youth and mental health providers regarding the intervention. The next steps are to conduct a small field trial to make sure the intervention is feasible and appealing to youth as they use it in their daily life. We will then conduct a small randomized controlled trial.