Technological Updates in the Treatment of Mental Health Conditions

July 28, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Using technology designed to improve health care is not a new concept. However, access to evidence-based technology to assist with psychological health care treatment, such as psychotherapy, is limited.

Without an established standard of care, it is appropriate for providers to use a “null” or waitlist control group in clinical trials. However, in cases where health care providers apply technology-based solutions to an evidence-based practice, they are required to compare these solutions to active treatments.

One approach, becoming more prominent in medical literature, is to use a non-inferiority trial. The overall goal of this type of trial is to test and demonstrate that an experimental treatment is no worse than the current standard of care. Unfortunately, some reports about using this type of trial reveal confusion or a lack of understanding about the technical and philosophical distinctions of the trial design.

In this webinar, we will develop the tools needed to evaluate the quality of the evidence base to improve clinical care. We will use trials that incorporate technology to administer psychotherapy compared to the in-office standard of care as a practical case study.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will know how to:

  • Identify the key design elements of a non-inferiority study
  • Interpret the results of a non-inferiority trial
  • Evaluate the credibility of the evidence base for a treatment approach based on non-inferiority designs


Derek J. Smolenski, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist and Quantitative Methodologist National Center for Telehealth & Technology Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington


Maj. Demietrice L. Pittman, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Subject Matter Expert Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) July 28, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit. 

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


Sign up for the webinar. Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.

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