The Technology and Aging Lab
at McLean Hospital
Our lab is a center of global expertise in digital geriatric mental health.
AI-Based Digital Phenotyping of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia
This project examines the feasibility, tolerability, safety, and reliability of the Emerald device for use by those diagnosed with major neurocognitive disorder and their caregivers.
To learn more about the Emerald device, click here.
Electronic Media and Its Application in Psychotherapy (EMAP)
This study explores the feasibility and effectiveness of including electronic communication as part of standard clinical care.
To review early findings, click here.
Sensor-Guided Psychopharmacology in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADAPT)
This project examines use of a publicly available wearable device as a way to monitor mood and actigraphy changes those diagnosed with major neurocognitive disorder after undergoing medication changes/adjustments.
To learn more about this study, click here.
Virtual Reality Therapy in Older Adults
Our team is working closely with clinicians in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean to develop protocols for implementing virtual reality based interventions for older adults. Click here to read our proof of concept for VR as a targeted and personalized approach to late-life psychotherapy.
Mindfulness-Based Art Psychotherapy Group for Older Adults Using Digital Tools
We have conducted preliminary feasibility and qualitative effectiveness research on a digital phototherapy-based mindfulness group for older adults experiencing anxiety and depression in the SAGE program within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean.
Our lab is currently conducting work around the impact of assistive and other robotic technology.
Unremitting Suicidality in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Single Case Study and Discussion of Technology in Clinical Care
Read about a case study from McLean Hospital which used technology as a novel assessment for suicidal ideation.
Contactless In-Home Monitoring of the Long-Term Respiratory and Behavioral Phenotypes in Older Adults With COVID-19: A Case Series
Read about the some of the work we have accomplished with our collaborators at Emerald Innovations.
Sensing Technology to Monitor Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms and to Assess Treatment Response in People with Dementia, A Systematic Review
This publication was a product of a collaboration between our lab and colleagues at the University of Bergen in Norway.
Two Years of COVID-19: Understanding Impact and Implications for the Mental Health of Older Adults
Our most recent publication surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the older adult population headed by Tech Lab coordinator Hailey Cray MPH, 2022.
Virtual Reality and Mental Health in Older Adults: A Systematic Review
This publication highlights VR as a promising intervention in the care of older adults. Click here to read it.
Late-Life Depression: A Role for Accelerometer Technology in Diagnosis and Management
Read our clinical case study that used movement data in The American Journal of Psychiatry here.
Improving Care Through Research
As a freestanding psychiatric hospital and the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital provides a unique environment for optimizing treatments and providing support for a wide range of patient-centered research initiatives. The Institute for Technology in Psychiatry (ITP) brings together the leading minds in technology, science, and clinical care with a shared vision of using technology to improve mental health.