UA Research Team Offers Online Therapy for Insomnia, Depression Sufferers
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A team of University of Alabama researchers in the department of psychology is looking for participants in the Demopolis area for a pilot research study to deliver cognitive-behavior therapy through the online video-conferencing program Skype.
The research study will involve older adults living in five rural Alabama communities, including Demopolis. The experimental intervention involves delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat insomnia and depression.
Participants must be 50 or older, live in Marengo County and be suffering from the effects of insomnia and depression. In Demopolis, the study will be carried out at the Sleep Disorders Center in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. Lead investigators are Dr. Kenny Lichstein and Dr. Forrest Scogin, UA professors of psychology.
Therapy sessions will be conducted using videoconferencing through the Skype system. UA’s Office of Information Technology has configured a safe and secure version of Skype to promote confidentiality.
Anyone interested in participating in the study should phone 205/348-1963. Individuals should leave a message indicating their willingness to participate in the research study. Individuals should also leave a name, call-back number and convenient times to call.
The psychology department is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.