Augmenting Psychotherapy with AI

Katharine Miller

Stanford University Human-Centered AI

Jan 14, 2021

With regards to mental health services, AI — in particular, natural language processing (NLP) tools — could improve care as well as increase access to it. For example, NLP could help researchers figure out what makes some psychotherapists more effective than others — information that could then be used to improve training for new clinicians. NLP systems could also listen in on therapy sessions to provide feedback to clinical trainees or experienced clinicians, create a first draft of necessary clinical documentation, or spot changes in a patient’s speech patterns that might be an early indicator of a worsening condition. More advanced AI might even converse with patients and be available at all hours of the day — increasing access to care.

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