Workshop on implementation science and digital therapeutics for behavioral health

Sarah E. Lord, Aimee N.C. Campbell, Mary F. Brunette, Leonardo Cubillos, Sophia M. Bartels, William C. Torrey, Ardis L. Olson, Steven H. Chapman, John A. Batsis, Daniel Polsky, Edward V. Nunes, Katherine M. Seavey, Lisa A. Marsch

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Digital therapeutics can overcome many of the barriers to translation of evidence-based treatment for substance use, mental health, and other behavioral health conditions. Delivered via nearly ubiquitous platforms such as the web, smartphone applications, text messaging, and videoconferencing, digital therapeutics can transcend the time and geographic boundaries of traditional clinical settings so that individuals can access care when and where they need it. There is strong empirical support for digital therapeutic approaches for behavioral health, yet implementation science with regard to scaling use of digital therapeutics for behavioral health is still in its early stages. In this paper, we summarize the proceedings of a day-long workshop, “Implementation Science and Digital Therapeutics,” sponsored and hosted by the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College. The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health is an interdisciplinary P30 Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, with the mission of promoting state-of-the-technology and state-of-the-science for the development, evaluation, and sustainable implementation of digital therapeutic approaches for substance use and related conditions. Workshop presentations were grounded in current models of implementation science. Directions and opportunities for collaborative implementation science research to promote broad adoption of digital therapeutics for behavioral health are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere17662
JournalJMIR Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Behavioral sciences
  • Digital health
  • EHealth
  • Implementation science
  • MHealth
  • Mental health
  • Mobile health
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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