Dr. Danilo Moggia is a psychologist and researcher working at the University of Trier in Germany. Over the last several years, he’s been devoted to studying how “machine learning” (ML) can be used to improve the fit and effect of mental health services.
Wikipedia defines ML as, “an area within artificial intelligence which uses data to ‘train’ computers to discover and ‘learn’ rules for solving a task.” According to Dr. Moggia, when it comes to the application of AI to psychotherapy, therapists fall into one of three groups. The first, and fewest in number, are enthusiastic. They love technology, see the possibilities in a self-driving car or future, therapist-less therapy. The second might best be characterized as reluctant. Still viewing AI and ML as more science fiction than science, they fall squarely in the “wait and see” camp. Third, and final, are the philosophically opposed, those who worry about the loss of the human element in psychotherapy.
So, cutting to the chase, can AI/ML help practitioners tailor care to their clients?
That is the question, Dr. Moggio and colleagues address in their chapter, “Do certain people respond better to specific forms of psychotherapy?” published in the 2023 edition of the APA Handbook of Psychotherapy. After reading it, I immediately emailed to see if he’d talk to me, live. The chapter is definately worth a read. We cover most of it and more in the interview below.
As always, interested in your thoughts and reactions!
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