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Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science

Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science

Official Journal of the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science

Editor-in-Chief: Donald M. Hilty

ISSN: 2366-5963 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41347

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The Journal welcomes submissions researching, evaluating and describing mobile health (mH), smartphone and apps – particularly the use of evidence-based apps via evidence-based approaches or treatments. The Special Edition is geared to help clinicians, trainees, training program directors, and clinic/health system leaders/administrators improve clinical care at the interface of behavioral health and technology. Specific objectives are to help readers to:
1. Assess the quality of apps in terms of evidence base, effectiveness and application across systems of care,
2. Explore the human factors for users and become familiar with skills, knowledge and attitudes needed use for clients/patients, clinicians, trainees and health care systems,
3. Operationalize target outcomes, align clinical interventions, and assess/evaluate progress,
4. Reflect on options and implications for clinicians and systems in augmenting clinical in-person care with mH and other e-options, in terms of safety, security, professionalism and management of data, and
5. Weigh and apply best practices and guideline suggestions to clinical practice for mH smartphone and apps.
Suggested topics for manuscript submissions include research on therapeutic interventions with mH, smartphone and apps for BH clinical care. Randomized, controlled interventions for psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and other treatments are suggested, as well as other studies with pre- and post, comparison group and effectiveness/benefit designs. Studies with findings that are generalizable, replicable and sustainable are preferred – including those across health care systems. Topics that are not going to be considered include mobile health (mH), smartphone and apps hardware and software development processes; studies assessing provider and/or patient readiness to use and/or acceptance of mobile health (mH), smartphone and apps; studies using mobile health (mH), smartphone and apps for provider training and education.
Additional ideas for submissions are:
• How do we move from “good ideas” to operationalizing target outcomes, aligning clinical interventions with apps and assessing progress?
• What are “good” evidence-based apps and what is an evidence-based approach to using an app?
• What framework is helpful – both brief and/or in-depth options – to assess the quality of an app?
• What are the human factors for the client/patient, clinician and other participants that will make/break its ease of use and effectiveness?
• How does personal experience with technology for clinicians and trainees help/hinder us with professional practice using it?
• What can we learn from/with the Millennials/Generation Y and Generation Z/Centennials in training/graduate programs?
• What skills, knowledge and attitudes are needed for mH, smartphone and apps, and how do these compare to other technology options like tele- and e-behavioral health (video, Internet, social media)?
• How do we contend with nuances related to professionalism, boundaries and privacy related to apps?
• How do clinicians who serve as faculty supervisors and teachers get up to speed and effectively oversee trainees?
• How do integrate apps and other technologies into in-person care and what curricular, rotations and evaluation may be needed related to this technology?
• What are the best research approaches to mH, smartphones and apps: efficacy, effectiveness, and other designs?
• What are professional organizations in behavioral health and medicine doing to help the workforce advance with technologies and what are the immediate, future priorities?
• How are other countries and cultures outside of medicine researching, implementing and assessing apps?
Submissions will be judged via five primary criteria: 1) Evidence-base for the clinical intervention, research methodology and design (i.e., randomized, controlled); 2) Likelihood of practical dissemination and sustainability (e.g., global, across systems and learners); 3) Synthetic review of information toward competencies, best practices and guidelines rather than suggestion “good ideas”; 4) Originality; and 5) Clarity of presentation.

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    The Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science (JTiBS) explores the intersection of human behavior, use of technology and healthcare.  It considers the social, psychological, cultural, biological, and other medical contexts of behavior. 

    JTiBS is an international forum and repository for the exchange of ideas between professionals engaged in science, practice, policy and education. It promotes interprofessional scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration, which transcend geographical, cultural, disciplinary and methodological boundaries.  JTiBS bridges the separate but overlapping scientific literature and evidence-bases (e.g., for behavioral healthcare itself, JTiBS spans behavioral analysis, counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychiatry, psychology, social work and substance use). 

    JTiBS features original research, systematic reviews, and studies of evidence-based practice.  It also publishes theoretical articles, position papers, guidelines and editorials on behavioral health, telemental health, mHealth, technology, education, eLearning, innovation, and policy. To achieve its goals, JTiBS embraces a variety of methodologies (e.g., surveys and questionnaires, randomized controlled trials, direct observation, descriptive methods, laboratory and field experiments, economic analyses, conference proceedings, project and program profiles, ethnography, evaluation and resource listings).

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