Articles by Mei Slogar, M.A.

Mei is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Regent University. Her research and clinical interests focus on interactions between chronic physical and mental illness, as well as health-promoting behaviors and cognitive function. She has worked in crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric, community mental health, and primary care settings, and has a passion for promoting mental health in the context of overall wellbeing. She is looking forward to beginning her predoctoral internship this summer at WellSpan Behavioral Health, a patient-centered medical home in York, PA. Outside of academia, Mei can be found exploring the mind-body connection through yoga and rock climbing all over the East Coast.

Bridging Gaps in Mental Health Care with Mobile Apps

Bridging Gaps in Mental Health Care with Mobile Apps

We are fortunate to live in the digital age, where authoritative information on virtually any topic is easily retrieved by anyone with an Internet connection. This asset, combined with skyrocketing rates of smartphone usage over the past decade, may hold the key to improving health for a large percentage of the population.

Even with continued advances in the development of effective treatments and increased access to mental health care, a significant disparity still exists between need and actual delivery of mental health services. Internet-based applications, including mobile technology, could ostensibly increase access to treatment for those most in need [1].

Behavioral health providers tapping into this technology would be effectively reaching individuals through a device on which they already heavily depend. Data demonstrate that people with increased usage of smartphones include vulnerable populations who could benefit the most from interventions, including young adults, people with lower incomes and less educational attainment, and minorities.