Dr. Aguilera’s research emphasizes digital health equity, utilizing digital technologies to improve health and mental health in low-income and underserved populations, with a specialty working with Latinx populations. He has developed and continues testing an automated text messaging based companion to cognitive behavioral treatment for depression with the goal increasing engagement and improving outcomes. He is also doing work to develop a personalized machine learning based, mobile phone intervention to increase physical activity in co-morbid depression and diabetes.
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Text messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to illiteracy and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving. But a Berkeley social-welfare professor has found an upside to texting, especially for people who feel stressed out, isolated and alone.