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When feeling down or stressed, people tend to lose motivation for doing rewarding things. Boost Me is here to help reverse that trend! Notice a drop in your mood? Boost Me can provide positive activities that have worked for you in the past or give you suggestions, based on how you’re feeling. Notice an improvement in your mood? Log what you did in Boost Me to have a reminder in the future of something that made you feel good. Every boost is a step towards feeling better, so let’s get started!

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Meet the Boost Me Team

Colleen Stiles-Shields (M.A., M.S.), Clinical Lead

Chris J. Karr (M.A.), Technology Lead

Marya E. Corden (M.P.H.), Development Management

Stephen M. Schueller (Ph.D.), Clinical Consultant

Susan M. Kaiser (M.P.H.), Project Management

David C. Mohr (Ph.D.), Principal Investigator

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Northwestern University Depression Research Study

The Artificial Intelligence in a Mobile Intervention for Depression and Anxiety Research Study (AIM) is investigating the use of Internet and mobile phone technologies to teach mood management skills to people with depression and anxiety. Research has already shown that these skills, when delivered by a therapist face-to-face or over the phone, help people with depression to improve their mood. The goal of the AIM study is to develop the same kind of treatment, delivered via the Internet and mobile phone technology.

The possible benefits to you from this study include helping to shape a new intervention for people experiencing depression. Taking part in this study may help scientists to better understand how to treat depression using new technologies.

Anyone who is interested using a mobile applications that contain tools to help people become more aware of their moods and what causes them to change is invited to participate. During the study, participants will test these tools using their own mobile devices, several times per day as they go about their daily activities. While using the mobile app, participants will answer questions about their health and provide suggestions and feedback on how the intervention might be improved.

To participate in the AIM beta testing study, you must:

If you are interested in participating, and would like to begin using the apps, you may download the IntelliCare apps from this site.

When you first launch an IntelliCare app, you will need to complete the informed consent form to join the study. (You may decline to fill out the form and still use the app's full functionality without being a study participant.)

Individuals who consent to participate in the research study will be entered into a lottery to win a $50 Visa gift card.

If you encounter any problems or have any questions about the apps, please e-mail c-karr@northwestern.edu and we will be happy to respond promptly.

For more information, contact a staff member by email at ehealth@northwestern.edu, or the study coordinator by phone at (312) 503-1249.

In the future, if you would like to participate in similar kinds of studies, please consider joining our participant registry.

This study (STU00074405) has been approved by the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board.