University of Texas Health Houston Cizik School of Nursing
SNRS-CANS Dissertation Grant Awardee, 2022
Online Group Neuro-Behavioral Therapy for Veterans with Epilepsy and Major Depressive Disorder
My dissertation study will address access issues for veterans with epilepsy and major depressive disorder (MDD) and the gaps that exist regarding the use of technology to address vulnerabilities prevalent in this population. The internet and mobile technology are important for healthcare delivery as it will be utilized to deliver neuro-behavioral therapy (NBT) that is based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles effective for MDD. This proposed study will use a pre/post-test design to examine the feasibility and acceptability of online, group NBT that uses text messaging intervention. The intervention will consist of 12 nurse-guided NBT sessions delivered in a group format NBT to veterans with epilepsy and MDD. Data on sociodemographic, feasibility (e.g., rates of enrollment, retention, attendance, and homework completion), acceptability (e.g., perceived usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction), and secondary outcomes (e.g., depressive symptoms, quality of life, self-efficacy, and psychological resilience) will be explored.