Research Outline

Analysis of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Apps


To identify 8-10 apps using cognitive behavioral therapy and provide a SWOT analysis on each in a standard report, as well as a spreadsheet (table) comparing the features of the apps following which a white space analysis will be undertaken to look for gaps and/or opportunities that a new app could fill in this space.

Early Findings

In our initial hour of research we found there were innumerous mental health apps that are available to the public via iOS or Android and in English. This research paper, for example, highlights the breadth of mental health apps available for use by the public. In their study they identified 253 apps which used cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The American Psychiatric Association flags the possible issues with apps given that they are not required to undergo evaluation in clinical trials.

Given the variety of apps available and the concerns raised about credibility and usefulness by the American Psychiatric Association, we decided to look for the selection of apps for this research in reputable sources such as the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and Ottowa's Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as more general sources to gather the following list of apps for this research. Most apps were listed in at least two or more sources of popular, best or top apps that use CBT.

Summary of Early Findings

During this initial hour of research we have identified 10 apps for which we will provide a SWOT analysis on each, undertake a comparative assessment which will be presented on this spreadsheet after which will we then undertake a white space analysis to look for opportunities where a new CBT app could be developed.