Apple Interview with Dr. Dorian and his app Moodnotes

Dr. Dorian and his app Moodnotes were recently featured by Apple in the App Store Today tab story "All the Feels: Happy? Sad? Keep Track with Moodnotes."

You are able to read the article on your iOS device by following the link below or by searching for Moodnotes in the App Store and seeing the feature permanently embedded in the listing.

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Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy

As the gold standard in psychotherapy, CBT is naturally challenged by all approaches (e.g., any approach wants to be as good as or even better than CBT). These challenges are good, as they stimulate both CBT and "competitors" to evolve. However, sometimes the criticisms are just incorrect and misplaced and therefore they should be corrected to keep the evolution/debates on the right track. In this article the authors have shown why CBT is the gold standard and what the limits of the existing gold standard and the ways to developments are.

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Encyclopedia Entry: Mobile Apps for Psychology


Drs. Dorian and Erhardt's entry on Mobile Applications for Psychological Treatment was recently published in the new title The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

The advances in and widespread adoption of mobile technology after the turn of the 21st century led to an explosive growth in software applications (apps) designed to perform particular functions on smartphones and other portable devices. The emergence of apps that share psychological knowledge or help implement psychological interventions represents a seminal step in the history of efforts to integrate technology into the practice of psychology. Such mental or behavioral health apps are also integral to both the quantified self movement (tracking aspects of one’s daily life to improve functioning) and the broader field of mHealth (using mobile technology to support health care). Learn more

Newly Published Police Psychology Book

Dr. Dorian and Dr. Cary Mitchell (Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University) have completed an edited volume on police psychology. Read more about this project via the Pepperdine University Newsroom.

Police psychology has become an integral part of present-day police agencies, providing support in the areas of personnel assessment, individual and organizational intervention, consultation, and operational assistance. Research-based resources contribute to those efforts by shedding light on best practices, identifying recent research and developments, and calling attention to important challenges and growth areas that remain.

Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement emphasizes key elements of police psychology as it relates to current issues and challenges in law enforcement and police agencies. Focusing on topics relevant to assessment and evaluation of applicants and incumbent officers, clinical intervention and prevention, employee wellness and support, operational consultation, and emerging trends and developments, this edited publication is an essential reference source for practicing police psychologists, researchers, graduate-level students, and law enforcement executives.

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Featured in Pepperdine Magazine

Dr. Dorian was recently featured in the Pepperdine University Magazine article:
Mood for Thought


Feautred in Business Insider Magazine

Dr. Dorian was recently featured in the Business Insider (also appearing as Tech Insider) article:
This app could be the future of psychological therapy

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Quoted in The Guardian newspaper

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Dr. Dorian was recently quoted in The Guardian article:

Monument Valley developer moves into mental health with Moodnotes app

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Dr. Dorian Co-develops Moodnotes App

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A collaborative effort between Drs. Edrick Dorian and Drew Erhardt (founders of Thriveport and creators of MoodKit), and ustwo studio (creators of the award-winning game Monument Valley), Moodnotes is grounded in the scientifically-supported content of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. Moodnotes is designed to empower consumers to track mood over time, avoid common cognitive distortions, and develop perspectives associated with increased happiness and well-being.

Moodnotes helps consumers to:

● Track mood and identify what influences it

● Develop healthier thinking habits

● Learn about “traps” in thinking and how to avoid them

● Bring new, helpful perspectives to situations

● Increase self-awareness

● Reduce distress and enhance sense of well-being

Learn more here: Moodnotes

Watch Dr. Dorian's interview on the development of Moodnotes:

ustwo + Thriveport: The Making of Moodnotes from ustwo on Vimeo.

Academy of Cognitive Therapy Review of MoodKit

Click on the image to read a recent review of MoodKit by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

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Bullying Prevention Resources

Here is a short list of bullying prevention resources for attendees of the AGBU MDS Bullying Prevention Presentation:
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Provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying:

Reflections on Developing a Mental Health App

The Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the International Association of Cognitive Therapy recently published their first “Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Technology” special edition of the “Advances in Cognitive Therapy Newsletter.” Drs. Dorian and Erhardt were invited to submit an article on their experience with the development of their smartphone app, MoodKit.

Excerpted article reprinted here with permission. Learn more at or

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CBT for Depression: Implications for Nursing and Self-Care

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Below are a variety of resources related to Dr. Dorian’s presentation at Glendale Adventist Hospital for the Armenian American Nurses Association:

Resources: CBT for Depression Conference

Below are a variety of resources related to Dr. Dorian’s presentation at the Bel Air Luxe Hotel on CBT for Depression:

Dr. Dorian to Present on CBT for Depression

Dr. Dorian will be presenting a Continuing Education training seminar for mental health professionals at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air on October 4, 2013. Here is the description from the sponsor:

"Tarzana Treatment Centers would like for you to save the date for our upcoming training seminar at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air on October 4, 2013. Our Fall seminar is titled Understanding and Treating Depression: Evidence-Based Approaches and will feature two renowned experts in the areas of depression.

Dr. James Graves will examine the relationship between stress and depression at the neurobiological level and will identify several treatment strategies. Dr. Edrick Dorian will discuss the essential components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and demonstrate how individualized case conceptualization is developed and used to guide specific interventions.

A detailed seminar brochure is available below. We invite you to join us for a day of learning and register now as this event will sell out!


England's National Health Service (NHS) Approves MoodKit®

England's National Health Service (NHS) has added MoodKit to its library of clinically reviewed and approved Health Apps. The NHS Health Apps Library’s stated aim is to make it simple for consumers to easily find safe and trusted apps to help manage their health. The apps are reviewed by the NHS clinical assurance team – which is made up of doctors, nurses and safety specialists -- to ensure that they are clinically safe and from trustworthy sources.

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Mashable: "Indecision 2.0: Are Apps Taking Away Your Power to Decide?"

Mashable--“the leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation,” interviews Dr. Dorian on the potential disadvantages of using “decision-making” apps.

Indecision 2.0: Are Apps Taking Away Your Power to Decide?

Going Mobile: A Case Vignette on Integrating Mobile Technology

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Dr. Erhardt and Dorian’s article, Going Mobile: A Case Vignette Illustrating the Integration of Mobile Technology in Psychotherapy, is now available in the Winter 2013 edition of the Independent Practitioner, the official publication of Division 42 of the American Psychological Association.


Featured in DISCOVER Magazine: "The Happiness App"

JanFeb 2013

David Freedman writes about “The Happiness App” (MoodKit®) in his IMPATIENT FUTURIST column for the January-February 2013 issue of DISCOVER Magazine.

Enjoy his humorous and informative piece on page 10 of the hard copy, which is available on newsstands everywhere.

Resources for the mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

Resources from the American Psychological Association (APA) for the mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting


The Academy of Cognitive Therapy Releases New Brochure

The Academy of Cognitive Therapy recently released its new professional brochure for mental health practitioners around the globe. Drs. Dorian and Erhardt were honored to be included as featured representatives of the ACT community.

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