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Award Announcement!

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With excitement and gratitude, the Prosit Lab would like to announce that we have recently received the Maud Menten New Principal Investigator Prize from the CIHR Institute of Genetics!

This national award recognizes and supports the research of Canadian Early-Career Investigators working under the CIHR Institute of Genetics' mandate.

We thank the funder, our team members, associates, and participants for making this tremendous honour possible.

We will continue to uphold our standard of excellence as we progress in our research efforts.

Thrilled Over Thesis Success!

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We are excited to announce that one of our colleagues, Silvia Marin-Dragu, has successfully defended her master's thesis in the Psychiatry Research Program at Dalhousie University.

Her thesis, titled The impact of smartphone use and sleep duration on youth mental health, examined these associations through an innovative mobile sensing app developed by PROSIT Lab. The results of this research project highlight the importance of sleep on youth mental well-being and underscore the detrimental effect of excessive smartphone use.

Silvia would like to thank the participants who made her work possible, as well as mentor Dr. Sandra Meier, and committee members Dr. Penny Corkum and Dr. Alexa Bagnell.

This fall, Silvia will be starting the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program at Dalhousie, co-supervised by Dr. Sandra Meier and Dr. Jill Chorney. Her research will centre around using technology to enhance mental health interventions. We are beyond thrilled by Silvia's success and look forward to seeing what her bright future holds.

All Smiles Ahead!

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One of our post-doctoral researchers is about to make you smile with his latest work. 

Dr. Matt Orr, who is interested in the intersection of information tech and behavioural problems, as well as issues surrounding mental health disorders, is working on an intervention app entitled SMILE for youths with anxiety and sleep concerns.  

The app will measure sleep through mobile sensing of youth's phone activity and utilize that data to provide strategic recommendations to improve sleep problems affecting them. Dr. Orr hopes that by engaging with the app and applying these strategies, participants’ overall mental well-being will be improved.

Dr. Orr expects the app, funded by Nova Scotia Health's Research Fund and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, to launch this fall to select participants. Our lab is excited to hear the positive responses to the app that we are sure lie ahead. 

A Summer of Scholarship

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Meet Eva, one of our new research assistants! She has joined us to complete a project with the IWK Summer Studentship Research Program and our lab this summer. Eva is going into her fourth year of her undergrad at Dalhousie University with an honours in psychology. She is currently working alongside other lab members to support our Social Media study.

Eva's project for her Summer Studentship will analyze the motives of social media use in youth as well as how cyberbullying may play into that association. She would like to thank the IWK Research Services Office for their generous grant that will enable her to complete her studentship project with the PROSIT Lab.

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!

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