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Aspire Review

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Credibility

Credibility

3.21 / 5.00

Overall Score: 9/14

Research Base: 1/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: May 2018

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User Experince

User Experience

2.89 / 5.00

Engagement: 2.80 Functionality: 3.00 Aesthetics: 2.89 Information: 2.86 Subjective quality score: 2.00 Perceived impact score: 2.33 Rating date: February, 2019 Rated by: PsyberGuide

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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable
Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes

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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

“Aspire” is part of the Intellicare Suite* of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. “Aspire” is designed to help users create and set goals in lines with their values and aspirations. Upon opening the app, users are encouraged to indicate one or more value-based areas of their life that they’d like to actively pursue in day-to-day life. The are several available options with different “challenge tracks”, including “Compassion”, “Friendship”, “Fitness”,”Mastery”,”Mindfulness”, “Humor”, “Inner Peace”, and “Acceptance”, among others. The app encourages users to complete at least one value-oriented task each day, and complete the “challenge tracks” to increase positive emotional experiences.

*Stephen Schueller, the Executive Director of PsyberGuide and David Mohr, a PsyberGuide Scientific Advisory Board Member, were both involved with the development of IntelliCare. Dr. Schueller has no commercial interest in IntelliCare, nor Actualize Therapy. Dr. Mohr has an ownership interest in Actualize Therapy.

Technical Details

Available For: Android compatibility varies; Visit the Intellicare website.
Developer: CBITs, Northwestern University
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available:  English

Cost: Free
Get it on: Google Play

Research on this App

“Aspire” is part of the Intellicare Suite of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. A 2017 trial of the Intellicare Suite found that users of the Intellicare apps showed a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety after using 5 or more apps in the Intellicare suite over eight weeks.

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