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Text Message Engagement Support of Mindfulness Smartphone Apps

August 13, 2019



The goal of this clinical trial is to determine the usefulness of two smartphone apps on mindfulness. The study also intends to examine text message support. Specifically, it examines if it can promote engagement with the two apps through a 4-week trial comparing support vs. no support.


Study Information


This is an interventional, randomized, parallel assignment. Its primary purpose is treatment. The study began on June 26.2018 and is estimated to be completed by June 2020. There are an estimated 40 participants currently enrolled.


Inclusion Criteria


  • Participants have to meet the criteria for clinically significant distress caused by anxiety. The anxiety is defined by a Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) greater than a 10 or clinically significant distress from depression defined by a Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) greater than 10
  • Must 18 years of age or older
  • Speak English fluently
  • Must live in the Chicago area and are able to attend in-person
  • Possess a smartphone with internet, a data plan, text plan


Exclusion Criteria


  • Those who have visual, hearing, voice, or motor impairment that would prevent them from completing the study’s treatments
  • Past or present diagnosis of a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, substance abuse, or other diagnosis where participation in the trial would be dangerous
  • Those with suicidal thoughts or tendencies, defined as a 1 or higher on item 9 of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
  • Adults who are unable to provide consent




You may participate in this study at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies in Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Elizabeth Adkins, MA at 317-457-1311 or at You may also contact Stephen Schueller, PhD at




This study is sponsored by Northwestern University.

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