Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause more than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke). Successful strides have been taken to comabt this, however, depression remains a major obstacle for smokers who are trying to quit.
Fred Hutch approached our HCDE 518 "User Centered Design" class and asked us to help them research and design an evidence-based mobile app that would help improve the well-being of depressed users (especially depressed smokers.) Their main constraint was that we keep the mobile app grounded to promising evidence found in Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) research. Our four-person team (team Wombat) gladly accepted the challenge.
Design question: How might we create a mobile app that incorporates the complex process of BAT while keeping users engaged?
My role: I contributed to all the methods listed above and I also specialized as our technical writer.
Overall, users really liked the idea of using an app to schedule activities, track their mood, and learn more about their values. The idea of using a BAT-based app as an intervention for depressed users shows a lot of promise.