Research Seminar: Digital technologies and AI for youth mental health

Time: 12:45 - 14:00

Venue: G.306B, Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Road

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Digital Technologies and AI for youth mental health by Dr Simon D'Alfonso, University of Melbourne

Abstract: This talk provides an overview of some of the latest work being conducted by the digital mental health consortium based at eOrygen, the digital mental health division of Australia's Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. The origin of eOrygen is its moderated online social therapy (MOST) project and resulting MOST web platform, which integrates Facebook-style social networking, psychoeducational therapy units and forum-based crowdsourcing, all within a clinical and peer moderated environment. By tailoring therapy content to target the treatment of specific conditions and adding any required code customisations, the flexible MOST platform enables the setting up of individual sites for a variety of mental health cohorts and has to date powered an array of trial interventions for conditions including depression, psychosis and social anxiety.

Having established the MOST program, eOrygen and members of the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems are now conducting work on using tools and technologies from artificial intelligence, smartphone/ubiquitous computing and virtual reality to both enhance the MOST system and to generate new projects in this digital mental health ecosystem.

Bio: Dr. Simon D’Alfonso is the tech lead and computing researcher at eOrygen (, via his position as a member of the University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems, where he leads the project "Digital technology and artificial intelligence for mental health" (


12:45 Lunch

13:00 Presentation & Discussion

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