One Mind PsyberGuide is a non-profit project that aims to help people to use technology to live a mentally healthier life.
At One Mind PsyberGuide, we want to lead the field of digital mental health forward. Through rigorous evaluation of technology and promotion of scientific best practices, we seek to guide the science, practice, development, and use of digital mental health tools in various settings. We hope to improve access to mental health resources to those who lack access to traditional support, and to help people explore how technology can be used to improve wellbeing.
One Mind PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization in brain health research. One Mind PsyberGuide was established in 2013 in response to a growing need for guidelines to help people navigate the mental health app marketplace. In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as One Mind PsyberGuide Executive Director and established a partnership with Northwestern University. One Mind PsyberGuide now operates out of the University of California, Irvine and Northwestern University where our team consists of experts in mental health, technology, and technology delivered care. One Mind PsyberGuide is not an industry website; its goal is to provide accurate and reliable information free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
The One Mind PsyberGuide team reviews apps based on the app’s Credibility, User Experience, and Transparency of Privacy Practices.
We look at the research supporting the technology and the credibility of the development process.
We explore how fun, functional, easy-to-use, engaging, and interesting the technology is.
We review privacy policies to see if key pieces of information about what happens with entered data are addressed.
We discover new apps in a number of different ways, including:
We want to review apps that people are actually using. So when we identify new apps we prioritize apps that have the most user reviews in the Apple and Google Play app stores. This gives us an idea of the apps’ popularity. If you know of an app you would like us to review, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Credibility Score combines information about research, development, purpose, and popularity. This measure aims to give users an idea of how credible a digital tool is, i.e. how likely it is that it will work. Apps are scored based on:
The User Experience rating is an app quality score. “User Experience”, sometimes referred to as just UX, is the overall experience of using an app or program, in terms of how easy and engaging it is to use. The Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) is used to assess the quality of the user experience of apps. MARS was developed by a team of researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), with expertise in the development of digital health tools.
There are three main MARS factors:
The Subjective Quality and Perceived Impact scores are based on the raters’ own impression of the eTool, including its usability and perceived effectiveness.The MARS can be used as an adjunct to qualitative eTool descriptions, to give eTool users an overview of their quality rating. The scale can also help with the ranking of eTools based on their quality. The MARS scale is being used worldwide by eTool evaluation and development projects.