IntelliCare Research Study

Evaluating a suite of mobile apps targeting depression and anxiety

Purpose: Researchers are studying the use of smartphone apps to teach mood management skills to people experiencing depression and anxiety. The apps work to target common issues related to depression and anxiety, like feeling down, stressed, or worried.

The IntelliCare Program: Eligible participants would be asked to download the IntelliCare apps onto their own Android smartphone, and use the apps each day for an 8-week period. Participants will be randomly assigned to either:

  • Use the apps independently


  • Communicate via phone and through text messages with an IntelliCare coach who will help with the use of the apps

Time Commitment: Individuals will participate in the 8 week IntelliCare program, during which, two online assessments will be completed. Follow-up online assessments will be conducted 3 and 6 months after the 8 week program. In sum, the IntelliCare study lasts up to 8 months. Participants may be compensated up to $160 in total for completing the study assessments.

Eligibility: You may be eligible to join if you are:

1. An Android smartphone user with a data/text messaging plan.
2. Currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety
3. A United States Citizen/Resident
4. At least 18 years old
5. A new user of IntelliCare apps*

Study Status: The IntelliCare Research Study is active, but no longer recruiting new participants at this time. Take our online screener today if you are interested in being contacted for future studies.

For any immediate questions or concerns, please contact the study team:

E-Mail: or
Call: 855-NUCBITS (855-682-2487)

* All of the IntelliCare apps have been made publically available for download from the Google Play Store. However, if you wish to be considered for the study, we recommend not downloading the apps until after a study team member instructs you to do so.

This study (STU00074405) has been approved by the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board and funded by NIMH RO1-MH100482 to David C. Mohr, Ph.D.

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 and we will be happy to respond promptly.

For more information, contact a staff member by email at, 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.