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Canadian Institute for Health Research Grant

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Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders in youth, but many patients do not respond well enough. To decide if cognitive behavioural therapy is working well for their patient or other treatment options should be considered, clinicians often rely on subjective data. However, clinical decision-making based on such subjective data is difficult; hence, there is a real need to identify better and more objective markers of clinical response. 


Our team is very grateful and humbled to announce that we have received a second grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research! Our study focuses on mobile sensing to improve the standard and treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. We aim to test if mobile sensing data predict daily anxiety symptoms over time, assess if combining these data with subjective data can improve clinical prediction accuracy, and develop actionable feedback loops. Such an actionable clinical monitoring tool will major clinical benefit and empower youth to get actively involved in their care.

Canadian Institute for Health Research Grant

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About 11% of youth in Canada suffer annually from an anxiety disorder and even more so during the recent pandemic. Youth with anxiety disorders do worse at school, have poorer health outcomes, and are more likely to die by suicide. Genetic factors play an important role in the development of anxiety disorders. However, research on genetic factors among youth is more limited. To better understand the development of anxiety disorders among youth we need to include larger samples of youth in current genetic research. 

 

Our team is overjoyed to share the news of receiving a grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for our study focusing on the  "Genetic Architecture of Youth Anxiety (GAYA)"! The GAYA study will include 6,500 youth patients and 6,500 youth from the general population. We aim to identify novel genetic risk variants for anxiety disorders in youth and assess how much of the genetic risk for anxiety is shared between youth and adults. We will also explore whether youth with a higher genetic risk respond worse to treatment and will need additional support. A better understanding of the genetic risk factors for anxiety disorders could potentially lead to early detection, better treatments and improved outcomes for Canadian youth.

by Prosit Team

Our team is proud to announce that we have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for our new study to improve the care of individuals with 22q11 deletion syndrome.

Our proposed research study uses a multidisciplinary approach to assess the socioeconomic impact of the 22q11 deletion syndrome and test the effects of an easy-to-access online coaching intervention designed to help reduce this impact for families.

To learn more about the 22q11 initiative and details of our study, click the image above!

New Publication

by Prosit Team

Our team is pleased to announce our latest publication!
Current methods of assessing mental health disorders with internalized symptoms are inadequate; thus, new assessment tools such as mobile sensing technology may be the key to improved mental health services.
Click the image above to read more about the study and its findings!

Café Scientifique

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Join Dr.Sandra Meier and her colleagues, Dr. Brenda Penninx, Dr. Ken Rockwood, Dr. JianLi Wang, Dr. Tomas Hajek, and Dr. Martin Alda on November 10th, at Dalhousie Psychiatry Research Day. The panel will be presenting an online conversation addressing topics related to Depression, Aging and Somatic Health. 

 

Be sure to join in on the conversation!

New Publication

by Prosit Team

Check out our newest publication!

Our team investigated the comfortability of users with data collection by mobile sensing apps.  Mobile sensing apps are an excellent tool for mental health services, as we may monitor changes in environment, behaviour and psychological states faster. Although, the security and comfortability of users are essential to implement mobile sensing apps in mental health services. 

Click on the image to learn more about our findings! 

 

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant

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Our team is also excited to announce that we have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

While social isolation has been known to contribute to poor mental well-being, few studies have examined why some youth may be experiencing problems in their social interactions. It has been theorized that the problem may lie in youths’ perception of social cues, limiting their ability to make behavioural adjustments in response to social stimuli.

With the help of SSHRC, our research will break new ground and determine whether attentional biases predict problems in social interactions and mental well-being among youth.

by Prosit Team

Our team is excited to announce that we have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The rate of anxiety disorders has been increasing greatly, approximately 11% of youth in Canada suffer from the disorder. The most common treatment for anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although we do not know the effectiveness of CBT in youth. Our goal is to study responses from youth with anxiety disorders undergoing CBT, using a smartphone-based app to determine the objective predictors of the treatment response.

You can read about our new funding in Dal News or by clicking the image above!

by Prosit Team

The research team at Healthy Young Minds has launched a new research project looking at the mental health needs of children, youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their research will help us to better plan services to meet the needs of families during the pandemic.

If you live in Nova Scotia and are a young person between the ages of 12 and 18 years, you can share your experiences here: Youth Survey.

Or, if you are a parent or caregiver of a young person who is 4 to 18 years old, you can share your experiences using the following link: Parent Survey.

by Prosit Team

Check out our newest paper on bipolar disorders and subcortical brain volumes, co-authored by Dr. Tomas Hayek and Dr. Sandra Meier. You can read about the findings in the journal of Molecular Psychology or by clicking the image above!

by Prosit Team

Check out our newest paper on public perceptions towards the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, co-authored by Dr. Rita Orji and Dr. Sandra Meier. You can read about the findings in the journal of JMIR Medical Informatics or by clicking the image above!

Social Media Use and Adolescent Mental Well-Being

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Meet our 2021 Summer Student, Hailey!

She is an undergraduate psychology student at Dalhousie University. She recently received a Summer Studentship grant from the Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry. Her research project will focus on the impact of social media on the mental well-being of adolescents. In November 2021, she will present her findings on Psychiatry Research Day.

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