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This paper presents the design of an mHealth application for prevention and early intervention of childhood anxiety. The application is based on REACH, a preventative-early intervention protocol for childhood anxiety. This paper describes the multidisciplinary design process, sharing lessons learned in developing an effective mHealth application. This mHealth application is unique due to participant age, preventive-early intervention focus, and utilization of mobile technology in a situated manner. A design process inspired by user-centered leveraging key informant interviews was used to identify application features, including game based strategies and an animated motivational avatar. Validation was performed through external review and a usability study performed with target end users of the application. Results suggest overall satisfaction, ease of use, and increased motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Wireless Health 2015, WH 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450338516
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015
Event6th Wireless Health Conference, WH 2015 - Bethesda, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2015Oct 16 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Wireless Health 2015, WH 2015


Other6th Wireless Health Conference, WH 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • MHealth
  • User-Centered Design
  • Youth Anxiety Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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