Testing the impact of online brain training in promoting wellbeing and resilience, Dr Justine Gatt


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  • I always have felt the importance of new information to clients to allow them additional ways to look at a situation. Most sensitivities are from the happenings in our life and the people around us. To me as a clinical hypnotherapist of 25 years I believe any original 'cause' requires removal first (one door needs to close before another can be opened), else all therapy is an attempt to cover over the wound which still lies dormant to come up and fester at a future time, sometimes 40 years later (my experience). Always the question is; "What comes first - the chicken or the egg." Good luck with your new venture.
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  • Testing the impact of online brain training in promoting wellbeing and resilience, Dr Justine Gatt

    1. 1. Testing the impact of online brain training in promoting wellbeing and resilience Dr Justine Gatt Senior Research Fellow Brain Dynamics Centre University of Sydney Medical School & WMI Westmead
    2. 2. The Problem
    3. 3. How to promote wellbeing and resilience?  In an effort to promote mental health, most research in psychiatry focuses on understanding mental illness, ways to predict it and treat it  However, mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness – only 25% commonality!  The questions remain:  What defines optimal mental health? What defines the flourishing and resilient individual?  Can these features be nurtured in people who may be low in resilience and wellbeing using intervention tools such as e-health platforms?
    4. 4. The Approach
    5. 5. The TWIN-E Study in Emotional Wellbeing Recruitment Australian Twin Registry: N approached = 9,622 //N double positive response = 2,370 (25%) • 1600 twins Phase I • 18-65 years, healthy • Tested across Australia Web Assessment + DNA saliva kit (N = 1,643) • Phase 1 & 2 tested for behavior and brain function MRI/fMRI/DTI EEG • Phase 3 involves a RCT N = 270 N = 451 trial to 30-days of Phase II: 12-months MyBrainSolutions cognitive training Completed in Mar 2012 Completed in Oct 2013 Web Assessment (90% retention) Phase III: e-health RCT To be completed in early 2014
    6. 6. Aim 2: Evaluate efficacy in improving wellbeing & resilience using MyBrainSolutions© Games for positivity, stress reduction attention, memory Tools to track and reward yourself Assessment and Report on your own Brain Profile
    7. 7. The Results
    8. 8. MyBrainSolutions improves psychological functioning over 30 days 2.4 Positive affect Depressed mood 3.0 2.2 Control 2.8 Mean Mean 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.4 2.6 2.4 1.2 2.2 1.0 2.0 Time 1 Time 2 Time 1 3.9 Emotion suppression 56.0 Social skills 55.5 3.7 55.0 Mean Mean Time 2 Pre-Post Treatment Pre-Post Treatment 3.5 3.3 54.5 54.0 53.5 3.1 53.0 2.9 52.5 52.0 2.7 Time 1 Time 2 Pre-Post Treatment Treatment Time 1 Time 2 Pre-Post Treatment
    9. 9. Future studies: A new e-health tool developed by Freedomsway Meta-Analysis© for individuals Vantage Point© for organisations
    10. 10. Potential Collaboration
    11. 11. What I can offer / What I need  Collaborators interested in testing the e-health platforms, Brain Resource’s MyBrainSolutions or Freedomsway’s Meta-Analysis in their own cohorts  Collaborators interested in using our new scales of wellbeing and resilience for use in their own cohorts
    12. 12. New measures of wellbeing & resilience  COMPAS-W Scale of Wellbeing: 26-item composite measure of wellbeing (Gatt et al., in submission)  Gatt Resilience Scale (GR-S): sub-item scale defining the ability to maintain flourishing wellbeing despite ↑ negative life events (Gatt et al., in preparation) COMPAS-W subscales Example item Composure “When faced with a stressful situation, I make myself think in a way that helps me stay calm” Own-worth “Knowing I have done something well is more important to me than being praised by someone else” Mastery “I like to have a say in making decisions made by any group I am in” Positivity “I laugh easily and am a cheerful high-spirited person” Achievement “I work hard to accomplish my goals” Satisfaction “How satisfied are you with your quality of life”
    13. 13. Funding: NHMRC CDF Fellowship 1062495 & ARC linkage grant 0883621 NHMRC CDF Fellow  Dr Justine Gatt (BDC Sydney) Investigators  Leanne Williams (BDC Sydney & Stanford)  Peter Schofield (NeuRA)  Richard Clark (Flinders)  Anthony Harris (BDC Sydney) Industry Partners  Brain Resource Ltd  Freedomsway Imaging Core  Mayuresh Korgaonkar  Stuart Grieve PhD students  Karen Burton  Kaushik Ram  Kylie Dowd
    14. 14. Thank you!