JoinTS (Joint psychological TherapieS) is a project that aims at providing extended support to psychotherapy processes that focus patients’ autonomy, activity and self-regulation. It provides coverage of the patient centred activities through different settings and utilizing emerging technologies. The computational support will also aim at facilitating group therapy and therapist collaboration. In a word, the project stands on joint therapy processes. The original contributions are:

Research Goals

  • Definition of functional and interaction mechanisms that enable non-technical therapists to creation patient specific applications for different devices
  • Definition and integration of interactive modalities and monitoring techniques, for emerging hand-held devices, that facilitate and encourage patients to perform scheduled activities.
  • Definition of cooperation mechanisms adequate for group therapy and group diagnosis
  • Improve joint psychotherapy processes, and evaluate the impact of the design systems, interaction techniques and cooperation mechanisms.


The project involves two different teams with complementary expertise in the areas covered by JoinTS:

  • Past Members
    • David Cruz
    • Cátia Torres
    • Diogo Luís
  • The PsíSaúde team is responsible for providing expertise on the currently used procedures for the treatment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. The PsiSaúde team includes:
    • Joaquim Reis (PhD)
    • Maria Travado (MSc)
    • Hugo Lucas

Project Description

For specific problems, current psychological therapy methods build on patient agency, autonomy, activity and selfregulation, away from the therapist's office. At the therapy office consultation, the patient is given tasks to accomplish during his daily activities. Those tasks ought to be registered by the patient, along with reports of state of mind, thoughts, among others. Within this scenario information flows among actors (patients and clinicians) that move through different settings. Therapists organize tasks, forms and fields, at home or at the consultation setting, specifically for each patient or group. Forms are passed to patients that fill them, wherever, and return them to the therapist. The therapist integrates the filled forms with orally gathered data and previous knowledge, analyzes it and annotates it. Apart from this therapist/patient cooperation, two other dimensions can also be visualized: collaboration among therapists and among patients (group therapy). This new magnitudes further emphasizes the information exchange needs, its promptness requirements and the co-referencing and annotation easiness. Clearly this whole process, currently mainly supported by paper, causes coding, tracking, communication and organization problems, and most of all wastes clinician and patient time.

The use of computer support can overcome some of these difficulties. Currently, software is available and used for data gathering, analysis, visualization, etc. Specific psychology software allows patients to follow some methods of therapy, including data gathering. Some of these use desktop based approaches which are incompatible with most of the previously described scenarios, including office consultation. Hand-held solutions are usually very simplistic, with yes-no questions that hardly fill the needs. Integration among actors, particularly in the large collaboration scenarios, and the multiple settings are barely offered and clinician adjustment of patient tasks and forms is not even considered.

The project’s main objective is to provide adequate computational support to this joint therapy approach. As such, it complements and ongoing project, SCOPE, which focus on psychological diagnosis, covering most of therapist tools. The JoinTS project will extent the therapist platform to a collaborative one and will introduce the ability to create and organize patient forms on desktop and consultation setting (TabletPC/PDA). On the patients´ side, not covered by SCOPE, the JoinTS project will provide tools with adequate interfaces and devices (PDA, Smartphone), enabling the patient to pursue his therapy at any time or place, either by registering valuable information or by communicating promptly with his therapist, or among patients, whenever needed. These scenarios can be further enhanced including the monitoring of some physiologic patient characteristics that send alerts to thepatient’s therapist when emergencies occur.


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  • Luís Carriço, Marco de Sá, Luís Duarte, João Carvalho . Managing Group Therapy through Multiple Devices,In Proceedings of the HCI International Conference, Beijing, China, Springer LNCS, July, 2007 (to appear).
  • Marco de Sá and Luís Carriço. Designing for Mobile Devices,In Proceedings of the HCI International Conference, Beijing, China, Springer LNCS, July, 2007 (to appear).
  • Marco de Sá and Luís Carriço . Detecting Learning Difficulties on Ubiquitous Scenarios. ,In Proceedings of the HCI International Conference, Beijing, China, Springer LNCS, July, 2007 (to appear).
  • Luís Duarte, Luís Carriço, Marco de Sá, Diogo Luís. JOINTS - Addressing Group Psychotherapy Requirements. In Proceedings of ICEIS 2007, the 9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Funchal, Madeira - Portugal, June, 2007 (to appear).
  • Marco de Sá and Luís Carriço, "Defining Personalized Therapies for Handheld Devices", to appear in SAC'07, Computer Applications in Health Care Track, Symposium on Applied Computing 2007, ACM, Seoul, Korea, March 2007.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, Pedro Antunes. Ubiquitous Psychotherapy. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Special Issue on Healthcare, vol. 6, nº 1, pp. 20-27. Gaetano Borriello, Vince Stanford, Chandra Narayanaswami, Walter Menning (Eds.), IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, January-March, 2007. ISSN: 1536-1268, ISI Impact Factor (2005): 2.036; Number of papers (2005): 39.
  • Luís Duarte, Luís Carriço, Marco de Sá, Using an XML Based System in Group Psychotherapy, XATA'2007: XML - Aplicações e Tecnologias Associadas, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-16 February 2007, pdf.gif Download paper


  • Joaquim Reis, Luzia Travado, Hugo Lucas, Luis Carriço, Marco Sá. Cognitive-behavioral therapy with an oncological patient via handheld computing. In Proceedings of 8th world congress of psycho-oncology, Venice, Italy. Psycho-Oncology (2006) in press, Suppl. Meeting Abstract, pp. 905-906, October, 2006..
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, Luís Duarte, David Cruz, Cátia Torres. ScWiz: Personalizing Psychotherapy. In Proceedings of Interacção 2006, 2nd National Conference in Human Computer Interaction, Braga, Portugal, October, 2006 (to appear).
  • Luís Carriço, Marco Sá, Luís Duarte, Tiago Reis. Supporting Group Analysis in Psychotherapy. In Proceedings of Interacção 2006, 2nd National Conference in Human Computer Interaction, Braga, Portugal, October, 2006, (to appear).
  • Gustavo Zurita, Pedro Antunes, Luis Carriço, Felipe Baytelman, Marco de Sá, Nelson Baloian. Analyzing the Roles of PDA in Meeting Scenarios. In Proceedings of CRIWG 2006, 12th International Workshop on Groupware, Valladolid, Spain, Springer-Verlag, September, 2006, (to appear).
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço. Low-Fi Prototyping for Mobile Devices. In Proceedings of CHI'06, SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (extended abstracts), Montréal, Québec, Canada, pp. 694-699, ACM Press, April, 2006, ISBN: 1-59593-372-7. Full paper acceptance ratio: 23%.
  • Pedro Antunes, Marcos Borges, José Pino, Luis Carriço. Analytic Evaluation of Groupware Design. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design II: 9th International Conference, CSCWD'05, Revised/Selected Papers, Coventry, UK, May 24-26, 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3865 / 2006, pp 31-40, Weiming Shen, Kuo-Ming Chao, Zongkai Lin, Jean-Paul A.Barthès, Anne James, Eds., Springer: Berlin / Heidelberg, February, 2006, ISSN: 0302-97432, ISBN: 3-540-32969-2.

Technical Reports

  • Diogo Luís, David Cruz, Luis Duarte, Cátia Torres, Tiago Reis, Marco Sá, Carlos Duarte, Luis Carriço. "Communiccation Protocols for JoinTS Group Sessions". Tech. Report: JTS-04-T4-06, Junho 2006.
  • Luís Carriço, Joaquim Reis, Marco de Sá, "Progress Report: Technical and Financial Information", Tech. Report: JTS-03-T123-05, January 2006.
  • Hugo Lucas, Joaquim Reis. "Seminário Sobre Terapia em Grupo", Tech. Report: JTS-02-T123-05, December 2005.
  • Marco Sá, Luís Carriço, Carlos Duarte. "Processo de Terapia e Sistema de Informação" Tech. Report: JTS-01-T12-06


JoinTS project is funded by Fundação da Ciência e Tecnologia , Programa POSC/EIA, nº62473/2004.