Digital Health Core Seminar Series

Mobile Health Meets Mental Health: Understanding the Evolving Role of Smartphones, Apps, and Sensors

John Torous, MD
Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry
Harvard University

Digital Care Assessment Research and Education (D-CARE) Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

JMIR Mental Health


About the speaker:
John Torous, MD, is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard.

Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for the leading academic journal on technology and mental health, JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee. He is an assistant editor for The Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for The Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times.


About this seminar series:
We are pleased to announce the start of a new monthly seminar series focusing on the use of digital health technologies in mental health. Our intention is to bring together researchers across campus interested in this topic, with the hope of learning about current approaches being used, understanding how existing approaches could be enhanced, and potentially fostering new collaborations.

Each 90-minute seminar will feature someone in academia using digital health technologies in their work, followed by a similar chat by someone in industry nominated by peers at UCSF whose work is considered especially compelling in this space.

To better serve the community, this seminar will be broadcast via WebEx to rooms on four campus sites:

  • Parnassus: LP-190
  • Mission Bay: SNC-538
  • SFVA: Bldg. 16, Room C19
  • ZSFG: Bldg. 5, Room 7M30

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

LP-190 Auditorium
401 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143