TEAM Orientation Conference 2017

Combining both scientific and transferrable skills the TEAM ITN Orientation meeting was the first group training offered to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Reflecting this interdisciplinary focus, the TEAM Orientation was planned to give ESRs introductory mentoring across disciplines and sectors that focus on understanding the nature of the problem at hand.  This conference was open to any researchers with an interest in the topic of technology-enabled mental health.  The training took place in the first week of September 2017. 

The TEAM YMH training is based around three parameters; research (theoretical), industry (technical) and clinical practice (practical).  These three domains are aspects of the TEAM network-wide training program and delivered through three key areas necessary to fully realise the potential of technology-enabled mental health:

  • Mental Healthcare Delivery
  • Computer Science and
  • Interaction Design.

ESRs were encouraged to foster collaboration and connections with the extended TEAM network through peer interaction and formal and informal contact with supervisors and experts in the network.   Dissemination opportunities arose during the event as ESRs discussed the TEAM programme and IRPs with interested parties from the wider academic community.

Technology for Wellbeing Conference 2017

The Technology for Wellbeing Conference is organised jointly by Mental Health Reform and TEAM ITN Partner, ReachOut Ireland and funded by Interreg North West Europe Innovation Programme.  TEAM ESRs Claudette Pretorius, Darragh McCashin, Hidde van der Meulen, Gianluigi Maria Riva, and Toni Michel presented their research at the conference in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin on the 16th November 2017. 

The themes for the conference include:

  • Innovation in technology and mental health
  • social media and mental health
  • suicide prevention and the internet
  • mental health promotion
  • national policy in e-mental health
  • technology, cybersafety and young people
  • Good practice in the safe delivery of online mental health service with a crosscutting theme of user empowerment.

CHI 2018

TEAM researchers attended the CHI 2018 conference from the 21 – 26 April 2018.  This year's event was held in Montréal, Canada and saw thousands of the world’s top researchers, scientists, and designers gathered to explore new ideas.

On the 22nd April, the 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health: Understanding, Engaging, and Delighting Users was held.  Seven early stage researchers (ESRs) from TEAM, Claudette Pretorius, Hidde van der Meulen, Darragh McCashin, Franziska Tachtler, Toni Michel, Aris Malapaschas and Alberto Gonzalez Olmos presented posters at this workshop.  

CHI's theme for 2018 was 'engage'.  The focus was to engage with people, technology, world-class research, as well as a community of renowned international researcher.  TEAM ESRs were active in engagement through networking events during the week and there is already a keen focus on preparing paper and poster submissions for next year's conference.

39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy which took place in San Francisco, USA between 21 - 23 May 2018.  This annual meeting brings  researchers and practitioners in the field together to present developments in computer security and electronic privacy.

TEAM ESR, Gianluigi Maria Riva, provided a short talk on Processing Publicly Disclosed Personal Data According to the GDPR - A Nole in the Privacy Regulation Framework.

The Symposium topics also included;

  • Machine Learning
  • Understanding Users
  • Networked Systems
  • Authentication, and
  • Cryptography

Digital Child Mental Health Conference 2018

On the 23rd May 2018, TEAM researchers organised in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London the first Digital Child Mental Health conference.  There were 70 registrered attendees with 18 speakers providing talks about new technologies that support early and large-scale assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people and about policy areas in relation to the delivery of technology-enabled mental health. 

Conference Chairs: Shaun Liverpool, Aris Malapaschas,  Anja Čuš, Hidde van der Meulen

Bettina Moltrecht

Programme Chairs: Franziska Tachtler and Toni Michel.

TEAM researchers presented talks on the following topics:

  • Darragh McCashin: Effectiveness of technology-assisted CBT intervention Pesky gNATs
  • Franziska Tachtler:  Designing for Resilience with Unaccompanied Migrant Youths
  • Toni Michel: A Review of Multimodality in Youth Mental Health Promotion Apps                              
  • Anja Cus: Digital Smartphone Interventions for Self-harm                                                   
  • Hidde van der Meulen: Adaptable Games to Support Mental Health Interventions for Young People   
  • Aris Malapaschas: Exploring the Use of Digital Assistants for Mental Health                                                    
  • Bettina Moltrecht: Assessment of Emotion Regulation                                                  
  • Shaun Liverpool: Developing and Testing a Mobile Intervention (called Power Up for Parents) to Support Parents of Children with Mental Health Challenges: A Study Protocol

2019 MCAA General Assembly & Annual Conference

TEAM ITN researchers lead Mental Health for Researchers workshop at the MCAA General Assembly on the 24 February in Vienna, Austria. Organised by TEAM ITN researchers, speakers included: Darragh McCashin,  Aris Malapaschas,  Bettina Moltrecht,  Alberto González Olmos, Franziska Tachtler, Sigurd Arne Melbye.

This workshop focused on the mental health of early stage researchers (ESRs). There is increasing recognition of the mental health challenges that can arise during this career stage. This session provided ESRs with a broad outline of key background research and policy in order to facilitate a focus group discussion regarding the experiences of researchers.  Activities centred on mindfulness-based cognitive/dialectical behavioural therapy principles for emotional regulation and positive mental health. 

Some take away notes from the day for ESRs wellbeing included:

1. Talk!
2. Know who to talk to
3. Make time for hobbies
4. Working abroad is tough - find a network
5. Don't compare yourself to others!

ESCAP Congress 2019

The 18th International Congress of European Society for Child and Adolsecent Psychiatry (ESCAP) was held between the 30 June - 2nd July 2019.

TEAM researchers delivered a symposium on Technology for youth mental health: involving users, oportunities and ethical implications.

Chaired by Türkan Akkaya-Kalayci, MUW Austria and Geraldine Fitzpatrick, TUW Austria.  Speakers included

  1. Claudette Pretorius, UCD Ireland    A Survey of Online Help-seeking in Young People   Read abstract
  2. Darragh McCashin, UCD Ireland   Applying qualitative synthesis methodology to understand the experiences of children using technology-assisted mental health interventions     Read abstract
  3. Anja Cus, MUW Austria,  Digital support for young people who engage in self-harm: The users' perspective  Read abstract
  4. Bettina Moltrecht, AFNCCF United Kingdom,  EDA, a mobile intervention to improve emotion regulation in children and adolescence - outcomes of a feasibility trial   Read abstract
  5. Darragh McCashin, UCD Ireland   Using computer games to support adolescent mental health interventions: Lessons from a deployment study   Read abstract
  6. Franziska Tachtler, TUW Austria   Exploring the Use of Technology for Supporting Resilience in Unaccompanied Migrant Youth  Read abstract
  7. Toni Michel, TUW Austria  Indicators for strategies and challenges of youth mental health support interpreted as mental health technology design challenges  Read abstract
  8. Pegah Hafiz, DTU Denmark  Using mobile sensing to collect and classify cognitive and behavioral data in bipolar and depressed patients   Read abstract
  9. Shaun Liverpool, AFNCCF United Kingdom  Power Up for Parents: Developing a digital intervention to promote shared decision making in child and adolescent mental health services   Read abstract

Our Network Partners


  • University College Dublin

  • Denmark Technical University

  • Technical University Vienna

  • Medical University Vienna

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

  • University of Glasgow

  • Region H Psychiatry

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