The Ieso lab: advancing mental health science

The ‘Digital Futures’ Lab is Ieso’s research team, combining expertise in clinical science, artificial intelligence, and software engineering. We work to understand the causes of mental illness and to find the most effective way to help our patients get better as quickly as possible.

To achieve these goals, we mine the most comprehensive mental health therapy dataset in the world, covering more than 150,000 therapy hours. We analyse this data using advanced statistical techniques, including deep learning, to find out what moves patients to recovery, what works for whom, and what keeps patients engaged in therapy.

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How science is changing our understanding of psychological therapy

Creating tools for therapists

Understanding the active ingredients in CBT is enabling us to build tools to empower clinicians to be the best they can be.

Ieso’s clinical decision support tool uses AI to help therapists assess patients more effectively, by providing therapists with insights into each patient’s diagnoses, severity of symptoms and likelihood of engaging with therapy. This provides clinicians with the greatest chance of making good clinical decisions during the assessment session, creating a solid foundation for effective treatment.

Personalised care in mental health

Our data is enabling us to understand more about what aspects of therapy work for different people, based on variables such as behavioural, cognitive, and biochemical biomarkers. We will be using our data to bring personalised care to mental health treatment.

We are also conducting research to learn how we can prevent relapse, and potentially stop mental illness from occurring. An example of this is looking at how patterns of social media use interacts with bouts of depression.

To learn more about our findings, click here to access our publications.

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