Master’s Thesis: Evaluating a digital therapeutic (DTX) for subclinical depression, anxiety, and stress

  • Zentralschweiz
  • Bern

Website Centre for Digital Health Interventions

The Centre for Digital Health Intervention (ETH, UZH, HSG) and the University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (University of Bern), jointly offer a Master’s thesis investigating the effectiveness of the digital therapeutic «BEDDA» starting as soon as possible.

In your thesis, you will investigate to what degree the standalone digital intervention BEDDA (www.BEDDA.me) reduces the severity of subclinical depression, subclinical anxiety, and stress. The interventional components potentially leading to the improvement of these symptoms are a conversational agent (i.e., chatbot), guided gameful slow-paced breathing training (Breeze), and daily actionable advice (daily wisdom).

The available dataset consists of data from 124 participants who completed the intervention. Each of the assessments consists of a depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7), and stress (TICS) measurement. For 35 participants data from a smartwatch is also available.

 

Requirements

  • Currently studying psychology, medicine, health sciences, or a related field
  • Interested digital therapeutics for subclinical depression, subclinical anxiety, and stress
  • Proficiency in Python or R for statistical analysis
  • Proficiency in English (ideally also German and/or French)
  • Eagerness to publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

 

What we offer

We offer a well-structured Master’s Thesis supervision within the rapidly evolving field of digital health. In your thesis, you have the opportunity to investigate field data gathered from an innovative digital intervention. Our supervision should help to keep you on track where you need it and leave room for your creativity where you want it. Depending on your performance and the results, we offer a co-authorship for a potential scientific publication.

To apply for this job email your details to gisbert.teepe@unibe.ch