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Cybertherapy 2013 Workshop on electronic health coaching

Sunday 30 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium.


NOTE: for those unable to physically attend the workshop in Brussels, we are also offering the possibility of attending the workshop remotely over the internet, using teleconference software. For more information please contact [log in to unmask]



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 clinical, 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, virtual characters, robots, 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.



* 28 April 2013: Submission workshop papers

* 1 May 2013: Notification of Acceptance/ Rejection

* 30 June 2013: Workshop in Brussels, Belgium


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

* Jaap Lancee, University of Amsterdam, 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 ([log in to unmask])

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