Token Tower is a phone app designed to monitor and help improve the behavior of children affected by different mental health conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The app enables parents to tally their child’s desired or undesired behaviors over time, and motivates the child to modify his/her behavior to accumulate personalized tokens. Clinical experts at the Child Mind Institute helped to guide the development of this app to better understand the timing, duration, and frequency of OCD-related behaviors, and to test the efficacy of a digital rendition of behavior modification therapy.
We are creating a suite of OCD smartphone apps in partnership with clinical colleagues at the Child Mind Institute (CMI) and Child Mind Medical Practice (CMMP), who are interested in rigorously evaluating such apps to extend therapy to the home. The apps are digital renditions of therapies conducted at the CMMP. Since there are many barriers to coming to the clinic (time, distance, stigma, etc.), an app could provide a means of monitoring behaviors associated with OCD between clinic visits, such as reassurance seeking, checking and tapping. Web browser-based data visualizations of app data will enable clinical researchers to understand the timing, duration, and frequency of these behaviors in a convenient, non-intrusive manner.