Gary Hsieh

Spring 2019

Implementing Mental Health Strategies in Everyday Life

In this DRG we seek to understand how people develop and use strategies to manage their mental health in their everyday life. We will conduct a qualitative study to understand how people work individually, and with their therapists, to develop strategies that help people with their everyday life to cope with mental health issues.

As part of the DRG we will finalize interview protocols (that we already have a draft of), analyze therapy sessions between clients and therapists, conduct interviews with therapists and clients, and analyze qualitative data.

Many people cope with mental health challenges. People develop strategies to cope with stressful situations and to improve outcomes for supporting mental health. In this DRG we seek to understand how people implement strategies to support mental health in their everyday life. Through a qualitative study we will understand how people work with health providers to decide on goals to support mental health, how individuals implement solutions towards mental health goals, and how people update their goals and strategies as they try to implement them everyday. We will be working in the context of depression and older adults.

Requirements: Students are expected to have taken HCDE 313/418/518.

Activities: During the DRG we will conduct an interview and diary study to understand how people implement mental health strategies in their everyday life. We will also analyze interactions between clients and therapists to understand their practices in setting goals and planning actions during the therapy session.

Students will be expected to participate in recruiting participants, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data, and writing up results.

We will meet for 90 minutes weekly. The time and day of the DRG will be decided to accommodate the schedule of accepted students and research team. You can register for 1–3 credit hours in HCDE 496/596; for each credit you should expect to spend about three hours of work per week outside of meeting times.

We look forward to working with 2-3 students who have interest in the topic who will work closely with PhD Student Elena Agapie, with guidance from Prof. Gary Hsieh and Sean Munson. Please contact Elena Agapie ( if you have questions.

To apply fill in this form (Deadline: Wednesday, March 13). 

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