Eduardo Bunge

Eduardo Bunge
Palo Alto University · Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Ph.D

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January 2013 - present
Palo Alto University
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Publications (89)
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Abstract Background Internet interventions provide a unique opportunity to increase widespread accessibility of treatment at reduced and scalable costs (Muñoz, 2010). Previous research has explored the impact of specific types of activities on participant's main depressive symptoms i.e., anhedonia, or enjoyment levels, and mood (Bunge et al., 2017)...
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents. Online interventions have the potential to reduce risk factors for suicide, such as hopelessness, social isolation, social rejection, and poor self-esteem. The present study aimed to analyze the impact of engagement with CATCH-IT, an Internet-based depression prevention intervention, on...
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Online delivery of mental health resources and interventions has many benefits, including scalability. This may be particularly relevant when in-person services are limited and researchers need to transition their work to online platforms. This report aims to describe the challenges experienced in a pilot study of an online program (Teen Wellness [...
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Online parenting programs are an effective way to teach behavioral management skills to parents in the absence of in-person resources. This community-engaged study aimed to examine strategies for disseminating online parenting resources in schools. Online resources were disseminated to parents in a Northern California school district. Dissemination...
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Written by internationally recognized experts, this comprehensive CBT clinician's manual provides disorder-specific chapters and accessible pedagogical features. The cutting-edge research, advanced theory, and attention to special adaptations make this an appropriate reference text for qualified CBT practitioners, students in post-graduate CBT cour...
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Editorial Introduction to Technological Approaches for the Treatment of Mental Health in Youth
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The COVID-19 pandemic created compounding stressors for school-aged children, parents, and teachers and underscored the urgent need to widely implement evidence-based programs for promoting youth mental and behavioral health. In two community-engaged studies, we piloted psychoeducational workshops that taught behavior management and stress manageme...
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Online parenting training programs have shown to be effective. However, no studies on parent training programs delivered through chatbots have been reported yet. Aim. This study aims to assess the feasibility of delivering parenting skills through a chatbot. Methods. A sample of 33 parents completed a pilot feasibility study. Engagement, knowledge,...
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Social isolation has affected people globally during the COVID-19 pandemic and had a major impact on older adult's well-being. Chatbot interventions may be a way to provide support to address loneliness and social isolation in older adults. The aims of the current study were to (1) understand the distribution of a chatbot's net promoter scores, (2)...
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Behavioral Parent Training (BPT) traditionally occurs in face-to-face (FTF BPT). Recently, Behavioral Intervention Technology (BIT) has been developed to deliver BPT in lieu of or as an adjunct to FTF BPT using websites, computer software, smartphone applications, podcasts, pre-recorded sessions, and teletherapy. The present meta-analysis reviews B...
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Background: Depression is a significant public health problem for adolescents. The goal of this study was to evaluate the moderating role of human support in an online depression prevention program on both depression outcomes and overall engagement with the intervention. CATCH-IT is an Internet-based depression prevention program that has been show...
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Background Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ng) is the second most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection (STI), leading to serious health problems in men, women and newborns. While early antibiotic treatment is effective, infections are increasingly antibiotic-resistant. No systematic reviews present health problems associated with Ng infections or...
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Background: Rapid growth of the integration of technology and psychotherapeutic interventions has been noted, but no clear quantification of this growth has been done. Aims: This bibliometric analysis seeks to quantify the growth, trends, and applications of technology in psychotherapeutic interventions over the last 40 years. Methods: Searches wer...
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Background: The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a brief depression measure that has been validated. A chatbot version of the PHQ-9 would allow the assessment of depressive symptoms remotely, at a large scale and low cost. Objective: The current study aims to: Assess the feasibility of administering the PHQ-9 in a sample of adults and olde...
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Social skills training (SST) for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has traditionally focused on face-to-face (F2F-SST) interventions. Recently, Behavioral Intervention Technologies (BITs-SST) have been utilized to target social skills deficits using computer-based programs, avatars, and therapeutic robots. The present meta-analysis reviews recent evid...
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There is now substantial evidence that major depressive episodes can be prevented and treated effectively with psychological interventions administered by trained lay and professional providers. There is also evidence that depression can be prevented and treated using self-help digital interventions such as websites and apps, and that their effecti...
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This study explored the effectiveness of behavioral intervention technologies (BITs) and face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy (F2FCBT). Systematic review methods and meta-analysis techniques were used to analyze nineteen randomized controlled trials comparing face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy (F2FCBT), or BITS, vs. a wait list control...
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Background Chatbots could be a scalable solution that provides an interactive means of engaging users in behavioral health interventions driven by artificial intelligence. Although some chatbots have shown promising early efficacy results, there is limited information about how people use these chatbots. Understanding the usage patterns of chatbots...
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Engaging in sexting, such as sending or receiving of sexual words, pictures, or videos via technology, is a common behavior in minors and a rising trend. This study aimed to understand the ethical dilemmas that clinicians face when working with minors that engage in sexting under current mandated reporting standards. For this study, 178 graduate st...
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Background: Smoking cessation Internet interventions have been shown to be comparable in effectiveness to the nicotine patch. The aim of this study was to develop a Spanish/English smoking cessation web app using input from low-income smokers, and to evaluate modifications to the online intervention in terms of its ability to engage smokers. Meth...
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Psychology Doctoral Students (PDS) have to deal with highly emotional situations with their clients and academic demands that can cause stress. However, there is limited research examining stress and burnout in PDS. This study aimed to examine levels of stress in PDS students compared to the general population and to analyze levels of stress and bu...
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BACKGROUND The use of artificial intelligence based chatbots as an instrument of psychological intervention is emerging, however no studies have been reported in Latin America. OBJECTIVE This study aims to evaluate usage patterns and whether the use of a chatbot is effective for relieving depression and anxiety symptoms compared to a control group...
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Background: The use of artificial intelligence based chatbots as an instrument of psychological intervention is emerging, however no studies have been reported in Latin America. Objective: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the viability, acceptability and potential impact of Tess, a chatbot, on symptoms of depression and anxiety...
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Objective: Bibliometric analyses are commonly used to document publication trends over time; however, this methodology has not been used to investigate possible trends concerning publishing about psychotherapy brands. In this study, the authors sought to identify the publication trends of peer-reviewed articles about 30 psychotherapy brands. Method...
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Objective: Bibliometric analyses are commonly used to document publication trends over time; however, this methodology has not been used to investigate possible trends concerning publishing about psychotherapy brands. In this study, the authors sought to identify the publication trends of peer-reviewed articles about 30 psychotherapy brands. Meth...
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Depression rates are increasing among minors. Internet is central to the lives of many minors, and many of them look online for depression information. This report describes minors who attempted to screen themselves for depression in a worldwide online study. Google Ads were used to recruit individuals to a multilingual depression screening study t...
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The goal of this study is to determine whether different types of activities have a differential effect on mood and enjoyment. Methods. A secondary analysis of the data of 754 participants (Mage = 35.8 years, SDage = 12.6; MPHQ-9 = 7.6, SDPHQ-9 = 7.0) who were recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) to participate in a brief online study. Partic...
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BACKGROUND Chatbots could be a scalable solution, providing an interactive means of engaging users in behavioral health interventions driven by artificial intelligence. Although some chatbots have shown promising early efficacy results, there is limited information about how people utilize these chatbots. Understanding usage patterns of a chatbot f...
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El objetivo del presente artículo es brindar una visión general sobre las características de la implementación de la terapia cognitiva comportamental con niños y adolescentes. La misma comparte principios teóricos y metodológicos con la TCC que se implementa con adultos. Esto incluye el empirismo colaborativo, el descubrimiento guiado, la estructur...
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Background: Adolescent death by suicide is an emergent health crisis in the United States of America. Although many suicide prevention programs have been created to address suicide in this population, rates continue to increase. Online interventions can disseminate treatments world-wide and reach large numbers of users. Thus, the purpose of the pr...
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Background Recruitment for research is usually expensive and time consuming. Facebook (FB) recruitment has become widely utilized in recent years. The main aim of this study was to assess FB as a recruitment tool in a study for Spanish- and English-speaking smokers. Additionally, the study set out to compare performance of ads by language (Spanish...
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Resumen El uso de las Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (TIC) se ha expandido en la población general y en el campo de la Salud Mental. No obstante, la información acerca del conocimiento, creencias y actitudes de los psicólogos respecto de su integración a la psicoterapia es escasa. Un total de 105 psicólogos/ as clínicos de Buenos Aire...
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Argentina, a South American country with over 44 million inhabitants, is characterized by its family-centered, affectionate culture, and by close interpersonal distance. While a sizable portion of the population descends from European migrants, there is also a significant portion of the population with Amerindian roots. Argentina has experienced pe...
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Among the many innovations introduced by cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT), the use of adjuncts to therapy in the form of conceptual (e.g., psychoeducation) and concrete tools (e.g., worksheets) figures prominently. Moreover, the employment of structured, preplanned activities within and beyond the therapy hour that address clients’ particular nee...
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Internet interventions face significant challenges in recruitment and attrition rates are typically high and problematic. Finding innovative yet scientifically valid avenues for attaining and retaining participants is therefore of considerable importance. The main goal of this study was to compare recruitment process and participants characteristic...
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This randomized controlled trial investigated the effect of a brief unsupported behavioral activation Internet intervention (BAII) designed to improve mood. A total of 671 participants were recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (AMT) (Mage = 35.71 years; SD = 12.34, 32.3% male) and 187 (27.9%) individuals completed the 1-week follow-up survey....
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Identifying Individual Factors Impacting a Response to Intervention Tier III School-Based Mental Health Program
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Untreated depression remains one of the largest public health concerns. However, barriers such as unavailability of mental health providers and high cost of services limit the number of people able to benefit from traditional treatments. Though unsupported Internet interventions have proven effective at bypassing many of these barriers given their...
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This article reviews the efficacy of psychosocial interventions and non-pharmacological treatments for the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We will describe the treatments that have been empirically tested: parent training programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive stimulation, neurofeedback, diets, and dietary supplement...
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Background: Automated Internet intervention studies have generally had large dropout rates for follow-up assessments. Live phone follow-ups have been often used to increase follow-up completion rates. Objective: To compare, via a randomized study, whether receiving phone calls improves follow-up rates beyond email reminders and financial incentives...
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A thematic analysis of conclusions from a focus group on an online intervention to promote wellness in middle school students.
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Anxiety disorders in youth are linked to impaired social and academic functioning; however, only 20% of individuals with these disorders receive treatment. The current stigma of seeing a psychologist or the accessibility of resources may represent barriers to treatment. This study aimed to review and compare the effects of Face-to-Face Cognitive Be...
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Background: Most users of unsupported Internet interventions visit that site only once, therefore there is a need to create interventions that can be offered as a single brief interaction with the user. Objective: The main goal of this study was to compare the effect of a one-session unsupported Internet intervention on participants' clinical sympt...
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Background: The Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health at Palo Alto University proposes to develop digital tools specifically to help low-income English- and Spanish-speaking smokers to quit. Individuals from lower-income countries and those with lower social status quit at lower rates than those from high-income countries a...
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Background Most users of unsupported Internet interventions visit that site only once, therefore there is a need to create interventions that can be offered as a single brief interaction with the user. Objective The main goal of this study was to compare the effect of a one-session unsupported Internet intervention on participants' clinical sympto...
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Immigrant youths often struggle with a variety of mental and physical challenges associated with moving to a new country. These challenges can be adaptively confronted through digital communication and information technology (CIT) particularly for those who are digitally native and capable of navigating electronic systems. This chapter first define...
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La satisfacción del usuario (SU) es actualmente considerada un factor importante en la evaluación de la calidad de los servicios de salud mental. No obstante, no ha sido todavía investigada en gran medida en los servicios de salud mental para niños, niñas y adolescentes (SSMNA). Nuestro objetivo en este estudio fue conocer el grado de satisfacción...
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Objective: This article studies the impact of country level and individual level socioeconomic factors as predictors of smoking cessation from a worldwide online smoking cessation participant preference study conducted from 2008 to 2011. Method: We collected data through the San Francisco Stop Smoking Internet website. A total of 13,620 adult smoke...
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The dominant model of delivering psychological interventions is face-to-face (F2F) in oneto- one psychotherapy. Behavioral Intervention Technologies (BITs) may have the capacity to expand delivery models and/or increase the outcomes of therapy. This article is a systematic review of the available literature on BITs for children and adolescents with...
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Massive open online interventions (MOOIs) have the potential to increase the reach, scalability, and affordability of psychological interventions. This article reports on an extension of a proof-of-concept participant-preference smoking-cessation trial conducted in the form of a MOOI. This resource was available in Spanish and English for 30 months...
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Objective: To describe a 10-year proof-of-concept smoking cessation research program evaluating the reach of online health interventions throughout the Americas. Methods: Recruitment occurred from 2002 - 2011, primarily using Google.com AdWords. Over 6 million smokers from the Americas entered keywords related to smoking cessation; 57 882 smoker...
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Client Satisfaction with mental health services is an important aspect in the evaluation of quality of those services. In youth mental health field, a few studies had being made about this characteristic. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between satisfaction of parents, children and adolescents according to sex of patients and...
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