Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Public health struggles to meet the needs of adults with mental health concerns in a timely manner. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the decreased ability to provide face-to-face therapy and the anticipated increase in mental health difficulties as a result of the pandemic, alternatives need to be made available for Canadians seeking support. This project will evaluate a new internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) platform, Tranquility Online, within the context of a global pandemic. Tranquility Online uses iCBT, with the option of an online coach, to help adults manage and treat mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression. A program evaluation will use surveys to assess the effectiveness of having a coach, and examine mental health outcomes using questionnaires. The plan is to share these results through the company website, meetings within the public health sector, and social marketing.

Jennifer Richards
Faculty Supervisor: 
Janine Olthuis
New Brunswick
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