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Promoting Wellness through a Smartphone App, Serene: The Role of Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

University of Toronto, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, The Wisdom and Identity Lab


SUBJECT: Seeking Participants for Research Study To whom it may concern, We are a research team at the Wisdom & Identity Lab at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Michel Ferrari. We are conducting a research study to examine the effectiveness of a mindful wellness iPhone app (Serene) on various measures of well-being and other related outcomes. The app combines mindfulness meditations, problem-solving techniques and music. We are looking for participants to test the app over 30 days and complete accompanying online surveys. The initial and final surveys will each take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. You will also complete a brief 5 minutes weekly survey. In appreciation of your time, you will be offered the app for lifetime use free of charge. You will also have the chance to win 1 of 5 Amazon.ca gift cards each worth a value of $50 by entering the draw at the end of the study. To be eligible for the study, participants must: - Live in Canada - Be 18 years of age or above Thank you very much for your interest. Yours sincerely, Mohamed Al-Refae, MEd Candidate Wisdom & Identity lab University of Toronto

Your Impact


Many families and individuals are currently struggling to find helpful coping mechanisms to deal with the stress of COVID-19. The app does not require any in-person or virtual meetings. It can be used by an individual at any time from the comfort of their home. Although the app will be tested in north america, it will be available on the app store for international use for anyone and anywhere affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond COVID-19, the app will also be useful for many individuals who are struggling with intermittent stress from other day to day activities. By participating in this study, you will help us understand the impact of this app on these factors.

Eligibility Criteria


All genders

At least 18 years old

Live in Canada

iPhone Users (iOS 13+)

Study Tasks


Use a mindfulness iPhone App
Fill out surveys

Ethics


This project has been approved on ethical grounds by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (which can be reached at [email protected], 416-946-3273).

Keywords


mindfulness
meditation
survey
app
intervention

Activity and Time


Psychology, Health and Wellness, Technology

Intervention, Online, Polls and Surveys

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

30 days total, 5 sessions

The Wisdom & Identity Lab at the University of Toronto, OISE is seeking research participants to test a wellness iPhone app (Serene) that combines mindfulness meditations, problem-solving techniques and music. The initial and final surveys will each take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. You will also complete a brief 5 minutes weekly survey. The study will run for 30 days.

Compensation


In appreciation of your time, you will be offered the app for lifetime use free of charge

You will also have the chance to win 1 of 5 Amazon.ca gift cards each worth a value of $50 by entering the draw at the end of the study.

Study Address


This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in Canada, North America to join this study

Posting date: Aug 27, 2020