Smartphone Study

Ever gotten tired of tracking your mood using mood diaries? Why not let your phone do the work for you? The purpose of this study is to figure out whether smart phones can be used to track symptoms of depression or mania. For example, when people get depressed, they often tend to talk less on the phone, or send fewer text messages. Conversely, when the mood is elevated, people talk and text more. This is something the phone can measure. This study is about trying to figure out whether the phone is a good way of doing this.

What does this study involve?

If you join this study, you will be provided with an app that tracks behavioral signs of depression or mania (e.g. texting frequency, call frequency, etc.) for the next 6 months. We will also ask you to rate your mood about once per month using mood measures to cross-reference the phone data with your personal ratings.

Who is this study for?

People who are experiencing depression or hypomania/mania currently or have experienced depression or hypomania/mania in the past.

What is in it for me?

The app will display your current mood back to you based on our best-guess estimate of how these behavioral measures translate into your actual mood to date.

What is in there for us / other people with bipolar disorder?

In order to accurately assess mood, we need a lot of people to establish correct mathematical models to translate the phone metrics (e.g. texting frequency) into usable feedback about mood. This is why this study is aiming at recruiting 1000 people, to improve the estimates of mood. Down the road, the phone could then help to detect worsening of mood early, and alert you or if you want, the doctor or clinician you work with.

What happens if I sign up?
  1. If you are already a member of MoodNetwork, we will ask you to sign in to MoodNetwork.
  2. Go to the "MoodNetwork research opportunities" tab, look for the "Smartphone study," and follow the link to read the consent page for the study.
  3. Once you agree to this study, you will be asked to update your basic MoodNetwork information. Then we will ask you some questions about your depression/mania history and ask you to complete a depression and mania questionnaire. This will take about 15 minutes. Then we will email you a link to the app, which you download and you are ready to go.
What if I am not currently a participant on MoodNetwork?

Click here to sign up for MoodNetwork.

What if I am already a member of MoodNetwork?

Click here to login to your account and sign up for this study.

New Online Yoga Study

MoodNetwork researchers have launched a new study looking at whether doing yoga with an online video helps those with depression and bipolar disorder.

MoodNetwork members are invited to be part of the study. Participants will do a 30-minute yoga class via online video and then provide feedback. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Participants will learn about yoga and answer questions about their mood and their reactions to the yoga session.

The principal investigator of this study is Louisa Sylvia, PhD, a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and MoodNetwork’s director of operations. “There is increasing evidence that yoga can help people to cope with mood disorders. Yoga may help people become more attentive to everyday experiences and more accepting of their own emotional responses. That's why this study is important."

The study is open only to MoodNetwork participants. If you aren’t a member yet, join MoodNetwork now.

If you are a MoodNetwork member and want to learn more or take part in the study, go to MoodNetwork research opportunities. You may be requested to log in. If you have difficulty logging in, let us know so we can assist you.

New Online Study Conducted by MGH

We would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in a series of surveys examining mood disorders, symptoms, and treatment, through the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The purpose is to further evaluate effective and cost-effective treatment for people with diagnosed mood disorders.

Surveys will include an initial questionnaire (approximately 20-25 minutes to complete), and a 1-,3-, and 6-month follow-up questionnaires (approximately 15 minutes to complete). Participants will be compensated up to $100 for completing surveys ($30 at initial, $20 at 1- and 3-month follow-ups, and $30 at 6-month follow-up).

You may access the survey online

MoodNetwork Featured at a National Conference

Leading depression researchers and clinicians from around the country attended the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) annual conference on November 4-6 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Louisa Sylvia, MoodNetwork’s director of operations, introduced MoodNetwork and discussed participants' feedback and comments on what is important in new research and the quality of current treatments and care. Dr. Sylvia also spoke about future plans for the study. We’d like to thank all participants who, through forums, blogs, and emails, are helping educate researchers and clinicians about these critical topics.


Our partner, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), has recently started a blog page on their website! Visit to see the blogs currently featured. Dr. Roberta Tovey, MoodNetwork’s director of communications, wrote the page’s inaugural blog on MoodNetwork in July 2015. Congratulations, ADAA, for this excellent addition to your website and thank you for including us!