Institution: King's College London, UK

Lead Researcher: Rutendo Kusosa

Have you experienced an injury to your brain, such as a Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury?

Have you been struggling with feeling low since?



§  Do you have a diagnosis of Encephalitis?

§  Have you been experiencing depression after the diagnosis?

§  Do you have access to an iOS or Android compatible smartphone?

§  Are you 18 and over?

§  Are you able to speak and understand English?


If so, you may be eligible to take part in this study.

 We know that after having a brain injury, people can struggle with feeling low in mood. This can be because of difficult changes and adjustments in everyday life that follow an acquired brain injury.  

Therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been found to be helpful for reducing depression. However sometimes such therapies can be difficult to access. There is growing interest in how this intervention can be made more readily available through technology, for example using mobile phone applications.

Our study aims to see how feasible and acceptable a blended psychological intervention, using a novel mobile phone app is in helping people who are experiencing depression after acquired brain injury. We are also interested in individuals experience of the intervention, for examples what makes it easier or harder to use the mobile phone app.

Taking part in study will involve you doing some questionnaires and cognitive tests at the beginning. You will then receive a 4-week psychological intervention, delivered by a psychologist and supported by a mobile app. This will involve engaging with mobile-phone app-based activities alongside 30-minute session with a therapist. The therapy will involve doing tasks to you increase the number of meaningful activities you are doing. As well as looking at how this links with your mood. You will also be invited to take part in an interview about your experience of the therapy. This will take up to 30 minutes to complete via MS Teams.

This study is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. If you do take part in the study, you will receive up to £20 for your time.

If you would like to take part, we would love to hear from you! If there is anything you are unsure about and would like to find out more information, please contact us. Our details are below:

 Name: Grace Lakey

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London

Email: [email protected]

Number: 07596892154

(Monday – Friday 9am-5pm)


Name: Rutendo Kusosa

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London

Email: [email protected]

Number: 07546560929
(Monday – Friday 9am-5pm)