Improving Service Delivery in Mental Health: Technology Tools & Cost-Effective, Patient-Centered Care
March 19, 2014J3-101


2:00 PM EST-3:30PM


Timothy G. Evans, Sector Director, Human Development Network Health


Joana Godinho, Sector Manager, Latin America Caribbean Health Sector

One suicide takes place somewhere in the world roughly every 40 seconds amounting over 1 million cases per year (WHO). Moreover, in 2010 major depression and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol use disorders, bipolar disorders, Schizophrenia, and Dysthymia are among the first 20 conditions of disability. A progressive realization of the right to health requires re-thinking of existing health service delivery models; this is critical for achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Little attention has been given to find cost-effective ways of dealing with mental health in the developing world.  It is not difficult to imagine the impact on labor productivity, forgone income and overall well-being. Are there alternatives to more psychiatric hospitals, inpatient days and expensive treatments only a few can afford? Can the use of evidence-based technology tools help to improve service delivery?

To answer some of these questions join us for an interesting talk by Drs. Lisa Marsch and Robert Drake on building cost-effective, patient-centered delivery systems and using technology tools to change patient’s behavior.

This event will be webstreamed using Adobe connect:


Dr. Lisa Marsch, Director, Center for Technology & Behavioral Health, Dartmouth College

Dr. Lisa A. Marsch is the Director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College ( and a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health is a P30 “Center of Excellence” supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), composed of an interdisciplinary research and development group focused on the systematic application of cutting-edge technologies to the delivery of behavior change interventions targeting behavioral health. Dr. Marsch has led a line of research focused on the development and evaluation of state of the art, technology-based (mobile-, and Internet-delivered) interventions targeting substance abuse, mental health, and disease management.  These technology-based therapeutic tools reflect an integration of science-based behavioral interventions with evidence-based informational technologies.  This research has provided novel empirical information regarding the role that technology may play in improving the prevention and treatment of behavioral health issues in a manner that increases access to care, is cost-effective, ensures fidelity and enables the rapid diffusion and widespread adoption of science-based interventions.

Dr. Robert Drake, Professor of Psychiatry, Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth College

Dr. Robert E. Drake is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Director of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.   Dr. Drake works actively as a clinician in community and mental health centers and has been developing and evaluating innovative community programs for persons with severe mental disorders. His research focuses on people with serious mental illnesses and services that help their recovery, primarily in the areas of co-occurring disorders, vocational rehabilitation, health services research, and evidence-based practices.  Current projects include developing and studying electronic decision support systems to enhance communications and shared decision making between clients and clinicians; randomized controlled trials of services for clients with first psychotic episodes and for clients with co-occurring substance use disorders; and interventions to help clients who want to quit smoking. He has published more than 20 books and over 500 research articles.