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Cybertherapy 2013 Workshop on electronic health coaching

Sunday 30 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium.


This workshop at the 18th Annual CyberPsychology and Cybertherapy 
conference will investigate computerized coaching applications that 
support health assessment, therapy, lifestyle changes etc. eCoaches are 
intelligent computer agents implemented in mobile apps, on websites, or 
as standalone applications that provide mental coaching to promote 
health, well-being and the prevention of illness. Researchers, 
developers and health professionals will present and discuss their 
latest work, with a focus on elements such as cognitive, emotional and 
ergonomic aspects on issues as acceptance, motivation, trust, adherence, 
usage, experience of eCoaches, but also effective ways to design and 
evaluated them. A fundamental research question in this area is: how 
effective and in what manner an intelligent agent can provide 
psychological assistance in a health intervention? Importantly, the 
workshop not only focuses on mental health illness but also at computer 
support for psychological aspects of other types of illness and healthy 
living in general, for example supporting individuals to change their 
behaviour to adopt a more healthy life style. The workshop seeks to 
attract researchers, designers, and practitioners interested in 
understanding good design and the effects of e-coaching in the health 
domain. Workshop participants could come from a variety of backgrounds 
such as computer science, psychology, design, and psychiatry. The main 
objective of the workshop is to strengthen this growing community within 
this research area, thereby allowing a lively exchange of ideas with the 
aim of supporting the research of the workshop members, as well as 
working towards the publication of a special journal issue.

Workshop focuses on eCoaching in health domain considering illnesses 
such as depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorder but also 
supporting lifestyle changes such physical exercising, healthy eating, 
or enhancing resilience.

- Possible topics in this area include, but are not limited to:

- Computer assisted CBT

- Coaching methods such as cognitive behavioural coaching, narrative 
coaching, and motivational interviewing

- Computer assisted health assessment and monitoring

- Educational and persuasive technology, including psycho-education systems

- eCoaching interaction (e.g. personalisation, avatars, timing)

- Persuasive technique for eCoaching

- Design and evaluation methods for eCoaching systems


This is a full-day workshop. In the morning the workshop will start with 
workshop members presenting their position paper. Participants are 
encouraged to demonstrate the eCoaching application that they might have 
developed, used, or studied. After this the group starts 
working/discussing ecoaching issues (e.g. requirements for the ecoach, 
core elements, user interface, consider way to evaluate the ecoaching 
applications etc). In the afternoon, participants will also discuss 
opportunities for a special journal issue, ways of collaboration and new 
research questions.


To participate in the workshop please submit a position paper with your 
ideas, work or demo description. The paper may be up to 4 pages long. 
Submissions should be send to Willem-Paul 
Brinkman([log in to unmask]) and authors should use the Word 
template to layout their paper which provide at workshop website 
( Papers will be reviewed by the 
workshop organizers and program committee members. When accepted, and if 
desired by the authors, position papers will be published on the 
workshop website.


* 15 April 2013: Submission workshop papers

* 1 May 2013: Notification of Acceptance/ Rejection

* 30 June 2013: Workshop in Brussels, Belgium

People who also like to attend the host conference CyberPsychology and 
Cybertherapy (, note 
that the deadline for submitting abstracts to host conference is 15 
February 2013. The submissions to this workshop are independent from 
everything related to the host conference, and that workshop members 
will have to pay a (small) fee to attend the workshop.


* Willem-Paul Brinkman, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

* Claudia Pagliari, The University of Edinburgh, UK


* Robbert-Jan Beun, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

* Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA

* Olivier Blanson Henkemans, TNO, The Netherlands

* David Coyle, University of Bristol, UK

* Reinder Haakma, Philips, The Netherlands

* Conor Linehan, University of Lincoln, UK

* Paul Kizakevich, RTI International, USA

* Mark Neerincx, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

* Nexhmedin Morina, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For questions about the workshop please email Willem-Paul Brinkman 
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