TASK Study (Telemental health And task Shifting)

This study explored two approaches — tele-health and provider task sharing — as approaches to expand capacity of behavioral health services in primary care. Data collection is completed; analysis and preparation of various manuscripts are under development. 

This project was funded by the University of Washington ALACRITY Center and the National Institute of Mental Health. Find out more here.

So far, our team – including collaborators and a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Nursing – has presented data in a symposium at the 2020 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) virtual conference and at the 2022 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) 55th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference (Portland, OR). Published findings are also available in JMIR Formative Research and The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 

Patient Activation

This study trained non-experts to deliver a structured low-intensity depression program.

This project sought to expand access to depression care. We trained undergraduate students in Patient Activation, a low-intensity, evidence-informed behavioral program for mild-to-moderate depressive symptoms. Select students served as “coaches” to deliver Patient Activation with community-dwelling adults with depression.

Preliminary data was presented in a symposium at the 2020 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) virtual conference

Main outcomes paper available: https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2022.2084709


This study tested depression and anxiety outcomes from users of a commercially available mental health app. 


We worked with an industry partner to develop a randomized controlled trial testing their mental health app, including the use of trained coaches to supplement the self-guided app. We will examine any app benefits on depression, anxiety, stress, and other patient-centered outcomes. Data have been presented at the 2022 Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) Annual Conference (Denver, CO) and the 2022 Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT; New York, NY). The main outcomes paper is in preparation.