PsyberGuide is a non-profit project that aims to help people to use technology to live a mentally healthier life.
At PsyberGuide, we want to lead the field of digital mental health forward. Through rigorous evaluation of technology and promotion of scientific best practices, we seek to guide the science, practice, development, and use of digital mental health tools in various settings. We hope to improve access to mental health resources to those who lack access to traditional support, and to help people explore how technology can be used to improve wellbeing.
PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization in brain health research. PsyberGuide was established in 2013 in response to a growing need for guidelines to help people navigate the mental health app marketplace. In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as PsyberGuide Executive Director and established a partnership with Northwestern University. PsyberGuide now operates out of the University of California, Irvine and Northwestern University where our team consists of experts in mental health, technology, and technology delivered care. PsyberGuide is not an industry website; its goal is to provide accurate and reliable information free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
The PsyberGuide team reviews apps based on the app's Credibility, User Experience, and Transparency of Privacy Practices.
The Credibility Score represents the strength of the scientific research support for the app itself, and the therapeutic interventions the app provides.
Our collaborators use the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) to assess the design, accessibility of information, and overall experience that the app provides.
We discover new apps in a number of different ways, including:
We want to review apps that people are actually using. So when we identify new apps we prioritize apps that have the most user reviews in the iTunes and Google Play app stores. This gives us an idea of the apps’ popularity. If you know of an app you would like us to review, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.