Design and evaluation of eHealth interventions

Sabrina Cipolletta
Department of General Psychology

Caterina Novara
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale

The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the main topics of Health Psychology within an interdisciplinary perspective. Particular attention will be given to the use of new technologies in order to promote wellbeing. This course is also designed to familiarize students with knowledge and understanding of evaluating cognitive behavioral approaches to psychological management of mental disorders and long-term physical health conditions. Some interventions are accepted and recommended by National Treatment Guidelines (such as NICE) but there is a need to improve access to treatment, cost-effectiveness and clinical outcome. Approaches can range from standard face to face intervention through web-based and the use of virtual reality or smart-phone technology to deliver targeted interventions.


- Definition of health psychology and its fields of application
- Definition of eHealth and practical examples
- Construing a research/intervention project using new technologies in health promotion
- The current history of the psychotherapy evidence-based
- Research and design in evidence-based interventions
- Computer-delivered assessment/treatment and outcome evaluation

Introductory reading

Gaddi A, Capello F, Manca M (eds 2014) eHealth, care and quality of life, Springer
Cuijpers, P., Van Straten, A., & Andersson, G. (2008). Internet-administered cognitive behavior therapy for health problems: a systematic review. Journal of behavioral medicine, 31(2), 169-177.
Carlbring, P., Andersson, G., Cuijpers, P., Riper, H., & Hedman-Lagerlöf, E. (2018). Internet-based vs. face-to-face cognitive behavior therapy for psychiatric and somatic disorders: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 47(1), 1-18.

Course requirements

Examination modality
The examination will take place as part of the course hours. At the end of each module, the required group work will be evaluated

Course material, enrollment and last-minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

2 Apr 2020, 9:30-12:30 (prof. Cipolletta)
9 Apr 2020, 9:30-12:30 (prof. Cipolletta)
10 Apr 2020, 14:00-17:00 (prof. Novara)
17 Apr 2020, 14:00-17:00 (prof. Novara)

Via Zoom; the URL of the zoom meeting is posted in the Moodle space of the course

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