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A Data-Driven Approach

Investigation of lay therapists suggest that non-professionals can be trained as coaches to teach CBT skills and facilitate non-specific effects for those experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety with similar efficacy to therapists, but at a much lower cost [1-5].

The addition of lay therapists enhances digital CBT interventions and can be leveraged to deliver highly scalable psychotherapeutic treatments with outcomes comparable to traditional, face-to-face psychotherapy interventions [6].

Cognitive Behavioral Immersion™, developed by Noah Robinson & Dr. Steven Hollon at Vanderbilt University, has the potential to combine the strengths of recent psychological and technological advances to deliver effective, affordable, and scalable support to those with depression and anxiety[7-8].

Data from 127 Innerworld participants, who endorsed clinical levels of depression (PHQ-9) or anxiety (GAD-7) symptoms during their first CBI session, experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of depression (d = 0.58) and anxiety (d = 0.61) over an average of ten sessions. 

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[1] Singla, D. R., MacKinnon, D. P., Fuhr, D. C., Sikander, S., Rahman, A., & Patel, V. (2021). Multiple mediation analysis of the peer-delivered Thinking Healthy Programme for perinatal depression: Findings from two parallel, randomised controlled trials. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 218(3), 143–150. doi:10.1192/bjp.2019.184

[2] Singla, D. R., Weobong, B., Nadkarni, A., Chowdhary, N., Shinde, S., Anand, A., Fairburn, C. G., Dimijdan, S., Velleman, R., Weiss, H., & Patel, V. (2014). Improving the scalability of psychological treatments in developing countries: An evaluation of peer-led therapy quality assessment in Goa, India. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 60, 53–59. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.06.006

[3] Nadkarni, A., Weiss, H. A., Weobong, B., McDaid, D., Singla, D. R., Park, A.-L., Bhat, B., Katti, B., McCambridge, J., Murthy, P., King, M., Wilson, G. T., Kirkwood, B., Fairburn, C. G., Velleman, R., & Patel, V. (2017). Sustained effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Counselling for Alcohol Problems, a brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men, delivered by lay counsellors in primary care: 12-month follow-up of a randomised controlled trial. PLOS Medicine, 14(9), e1002386. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002386

[4] Patel, V., Weobong, B., Weiss, H. A., Anand, A., Bhat, B., Katti, B., ... & Fairburn, C. G. (2017). The Healthy Activity Program (HAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for severe depression, in primary care in India: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 389, 176-185.

[5] van Ginneken, N., Tharyan, P., Lewin, S., Rao, G. N., Meera, S. M., Pain, J., et al. (2013). Non-specialist health worker interventions for the care of mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11.

[6] Karyotaki, E., Efthimiou, O., Miguel, C., genannt Bermpohl, F. M., Furukawa, T. A., Cuijpers, P., ... & Forsell, Y. (2021). Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for depression: a systematic review and individual patient data network meta-analysis. JAMA psychiatry, 78(4), 361-371. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.4364

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[7] Robinson, N., Mahapatra, A., Jean-Baptiste, B., Mallard, A., Yang, A., Hollon, S. D., & Ezawa, I. D. (2023). Cognitive Behavioral Immersion for Substance Use Disorders: A Feasibility and Pilot Study of a Peer-Based Coaching Program in the Metaverse. Games for Health Journal, g4h.2022.0214.

[8] Ezawa, I. D., Hollon, S. D., & Robinson, N. (2023). Examining Predictors of Depression and Anxiety Symptom Change in Cognitive Behavioral Immersion: Observational Study. JMIR Mental Health, 10, e42377.

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