UTSW CDRC mHealth (Mobile Health)

Depression Monitoring in Daily Life


Depression is a very common mental health problem. Traditional methods of assessing depression, such as questionnaires filled out by the patient or a healthcare professional, have their own problems. Smartphones and other smart devices can give us a lot of information about our mental and physical health. This type of research, called mobile health, or mHealth, can measure how active we are, how well we sleep, how often we talk to others, and how we're feeling. Combining this data with other studies, such as the Texas Resilience Against Depression (T-RAD) program, can help us learn more about how our brains are affected by depression and assess methods for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring.



CDRC mHealth is an iOS and Android application complemented by a web-based administrative portal. By harnessing comprehensive active and passive data, this app delivers a holistic view of individuals grappling with anxiety and depression. Through this singular platform, clinicians can delve into the behavioral patterns and contextual circumstances of these patients, enabling them to extract correlations and draw significant conclusions, and send appropriate tips or resources to the users.



Please use the following link to edit your participation status in the UTSW CDRC mHealth study: https://forms.office.com/r/rUWkKZEFxx

Participants in need of app support can email the following for help: cdrcm-health@utsouthwestern.edu


Our mental health research app is designed to track your digital biomarkers and daily mood to help us better understand anxiety and depression.

On this app, you will find...

    Rate your mood twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.

    Get tips on simple ways to boost your mental and physical wellbeing. Access useful UT Southwestern and Crisis Lifeline resources.

    Check out your daily social and physical activity as well as your mood changes throughout the week.

      Learn (book icon) – here you will find all of your tips. Any new and unread tip will be pinned to the top of the page. 


      Feed (lightbulb icon) – here you will find your daily surveys and tips under the “Your Feed” column. You will also find under the “Resources” column the US Suicide and Crisis Lifeline phone number, message box for sending an email to your Study Coordinator, and the link to our research site.  


      Data (bar-chart icon) – here you will be able to see your daily social and physical activity data. 


      Account (person icon) – here you will find your demographic information, be able to change your password, log out of the app, see what notifications you have enabled, see what data you are sharing, ask to be removed from the study, and send a question to our study team. 

      This app was developed by UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care as part of our research initiative to better understand mood disorders.

      This app is not a replacement for professional help. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, talk to a trusted family member like a parent or friend to help you contact your doctor, mental health care provider or therapist, or another qualified healthcare professional. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.