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Ricardo F. Muñoz Recorded Webinar: Disseminating evidence-based interventions globally: On Digital Apothecaries and Massive Open Online Interventions

$30 for members / $45 for non-members


Thursday, April 9, 2020

12pm – 1:30 pm Eastern/ 11 am – 12:30 am Central/ 10 am – 11:30 am Mountain/ 9 am – 10:30 am Pacific



Most people in need of behavioral health interventions locally, nationally, and globally, do not have access to evidence-based interventions because of fear of stigma, financial or time cost, unavailability of trained providers, or unavailability of providers with appropriate language or cultural expertise.  Digital interventions (web-based interventions, mobile apps, wearable sensors, and other technological advances) have been tested in randomized controlled trials and found to be effective for a number of health and mental health conditions. Most of these interventions are based on cognitive-behavioral approaches found effective in face-to-face modalities.  This webinar will present an overview of digital interventions that have been found effective for several common health conditions, such as depression, smoking, and eating disorders. The webinar will describe the concept of Digital Apothecaries (online repositories of evidence-based digital interventions) and Massive Open Online Interventions (MOOIs, similar to Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs), and the important differences between consumable and non-consumable interventions.  We will also present a taxonomy of interventions that could be administered via Digital Apothecaries.   Type 1 interventions refer to training materials (manuals and online training websites) that teach how to conduct face-to-face interventions to increase the number of trained providers. Type 2 interventions refer to online courses teaching how to conduct face-to-face interventions with the help of digital adjuncts. Type 3 interventions refer to guided self-help digital interventions. Type 4 interventions refer to fully automated self-help digital interventions.  We will explain why only Type 4 interventions are non-consumable, thus making it possible to provide them to a virtually unlimited number of users anywhere in the world.    The webinar is designed to inspire mental health providers to seriously consider the use of digital tools, such as websites and mobile apps, as part of their practice. In addition, we hope to encourage those with expertise in specific treatments for underserved populations to consider becoming involved with the development, evaluation, and dissemination of digital interventions to help as many people as possible.  

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence for the effectiveness of digital interventions for several health and mental health conditions.
  2. Identify the potential and limitations of digital interventions, including their potential for reducing health disparities, as well as concerns about privacy, security, and the need to identify iatrogenic effects, such as those that have been detected in face-to-face interventions.
  3. Explain the differences between consumable and non-consumable interventions, and the implications of these differences in terms of cost and access to evidence-based interventions.

About the Presenter:

Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University and Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco.  He received his A.B. from Stanford University, where he completed his Senior Honors Thesis under the direction of Albert Bandura.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Oregon.  His dissertation chair was Peter M. Lewinsohn, who pioneered behavioral approaches to the treatment of depression.  His work focuses on the prevention and treatment of major depression, as well as mood management approaches to other conditions, such as smoking.  He conducted the first randomized controlled trial to test whether depression could be prevented, and has served on the three committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that prepared Consensus Reports of the prevention of mental disorders in 1994, 2009, and 2019.  He is a senior member of the Global Consortium for the Prevention of Depression.  He is also a pioneer in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of Internet interventions for health. He has conducted large-scale randomized controlled trials in Spanish and English with global samples.  These experiences led to his advocating for the use of evidence-based Internet interventions to reduce health disparities, for the conceptualization of digital interventions as Massive Open Online Interventions (MMOIs), and for the creation of “Digital Apothecaries” to serve as online repositories for MOOIs.  He is the founding director of the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health) at Palo Alto University. He is an APA Fellow, an APS Fellow, and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2016 "for distinguished contributions towards the prevention of major depression and the development of Internet interventions to improve mental health worldwide."

Recommended Readings

Muñoz, R. F. (2010). Using evidence-based Internet interventions to reduce health disparities    worldwide.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 12(5):e60. PMID: 21169162.

Muñoz, R. F., Bunge, E. L., Chen, K., Schueller, S. M., Bravin, J. I., Shaughnessy, E. A., & Pérez-Stable, E. J. (2016). Massive Open Online Interventions: A novel model for delivering behavioral-health services worldwide. Clinical Psychological Science4, 194–205.

Muñoz RF, Chavira DA, Himle JA, Koerner K, Muroff J, Reynolds J, Rose ED, Ruzek JI, Teachman BA, Schueller SM. Digital apothecaries: a vision for making health care interventions accessible worldwide. mHealth 2018;4:18. doi: 10.21037/mhealth.2018.05.04

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Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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