Adaptive, context-aware cognitive behavioural therapy for youth mental health

Pegah Hafiz: Cognitive dysfunction is a central complication to mental disorders and affects concentration, decision making, and everyday life of patients.

Cognitive features such as working memory, executive functioning, verbal learning, and psychomotor retardation are predictors of cognitive impairment in patients suffering from affective disorder and is assessed as part of diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Contemporary neuropsychological tests are, however, either paper- or computer-based and demand meticulous collocated supervision of psychiatrists, which is a time consuming and complicated procedure which only provides a limited assessment of cognitive functioning in a clinical setting.

The goal of this project is to enable unsupervised and non-clinical assessment of cognitive functioning of mentally ill patients using a computer- and smartphone-based platform. This platform allows for combining assessment of cognitive functioning with longitudinal assessment of objective features of everyday behaviour, as well as visual analytics for patients to explore relationships in cognitive dysfunctions. The platform will be developed in an iterative user-centred design process including two clinical trials.

PhD project title: Computer- and Smartphone-based Assessment of Cognitive Functioning in Affective Disorders in Young People

Effective start/end date 01/06/2017 → 31/05/2020

DTU supervisor: Jakob E. Bardram from the section for Embedded Systems Engineering at DTU Compute, and directs Copenhagen Center for Health Technology - CACHET


Pegah Hafiz
PhD student
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 34 19


Jakob Eyvind Bardram
Head of Sections, Professor
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 53 11