Research Goals

SCOPE's (Supporting Cognition Outlines on Psychological Evaluation) main objective is the definition of computer support for psychological assessment, diagnosis and therapy processes. SCOPE supports psychotherapy processes through the use of adequate cognitive mapping tools, based on emerging interaction techniques and systems and on new and adaptive visualization approaches, that naturally integrate the interview, analysis and diagnosis process. The computational support aims at helping therapists delineate the cognitive organization and the dysfunctional cognitive processes of the patient, through cognitive and narrative approaches; as well as the patients work throughout the entire therapy process.

Some of the tasks that can be accomplished by using the available SCOPE prototypes are:

  • At the office, during a consultation, the gathering of the patient's information, by both patient and clinician, through annotations or inquiries and tests.
  • The manipulation and the analysis of the data gathered, by the therapist.
  • The definition of a therapy composed by a set of steps that the patient needs to take. These steps are, in most cases, the filling of forms or thought annotation, with the objective of self-diagnosis and self-therapy.
  • Creation of forms and inquiries specifically for each patient, adapting the standard forms to the patient's needs.
  • The filling of the forms, thought annotation and activity scheduling by the patient.


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

  • 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)
    • Aníbal Henriques (MSc)
    • José Ribeiro
    • Andreia Carvalho

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.



  • 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, (to appear).
  • Marco Sá, Luís Carriço. Handheld Devices for cooperative Educational Activities. In Proceedings of SAC'06, ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Mobile Computing and Applications Track, Dijon, France, pp. 1145-1149, ACM Press, April, 2006, ISBN: 1-59593-108-2. Full paper acceptance ratio: 32%.
  • Luís Carriço, Pedro Antunes, Marco Sá. Proactive Psychotherapy with Handheld Devices. In Proceedings of ICEIS 2006, the 8th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Paphos - Cyprus, May, 2006.
  • Luís Carriço, Pedro Antunes, Marco Sá, Joaquim Reis, Aníbal Henriques, Andreia Carvalho. Mobile Devices for Active Psychotherapy. In Proceeding of the IADIS International Conference on Applied Computing, San Sebastian, Spain, pp. 575-579, IADIS Press, February, 2006, ISBN: 972-8924-09-7.


  • Rui Lopes, Luis Carriço. APP - ARCHITECTURE FOR PIPELINED PROCESSING. In Proceedings of the IADIS International WWW/Internet 2005 Conference. Lisbon, Portugal, October 2005 (ISBN: 972-8924-04-6).
  • Luís Carriço, Marco Sá. Hand-held Psychotheraphy Artifacts. In Proceedings of the HCI International Conference, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Las Vegas, USA, July 2005 (ISBN: 0-8058-5807-5).
  • Marco Sá, Luís Carriço. Test-it - Creating Educational Content and Tests on Handheld Devices, In Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2005. Qawra, Malta, June 2005 (ISBN 972-8939-02-7).
  • Marco Sá, Luís Carriço. Psychological Therapy Artifacts - Usage and Editing With PDAS. In Proceedings of the IADIS International Applied Computing Conference, Algarve, Portugal, February 2005.


  • Marco Sá, Luís Carriço, "Supporting Psychological Therapy with PDAs", in Proceedings of the 1st National Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Interacção 2004, Lisboa, Portugal, July 2004.

Technical Reports

  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, Carlos Duarte "Evaluation of SCOPE Tools", Techn. Report: SCO-08-T7-05, Abril 2006.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, Pedro Antunes, "Suporte às Trocas de Informação entre Terapeuta e Paciente", Techn. Report: SCO-07-T346-05, September 2005.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, "Data Gathering and System Design", Technical Report: SCO-06-T123-05, Junho 2005.
  • Luís Carriço, Joaquim Reis, Marco de Sá, "Progress Report: Technical and Financial Information", Tech. Report: SCO-05-T123-05, April 2005.
  • Andreia Carvalho, Joaquim Reis, "Relatório de Avaliação do Primeiro Protótipo Desenvolvido no Âmbito do Projecto SCOPE", Technical Report: SCO-04-T4-05, February 2005.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, Carlos Duarte, Nuno Guimarães, "Aspectos Hipermédia dos Componentes PC/PDA", Technical Report: SCO-03-T124-05, , February 2005.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, "Technology Survey: Support for Medical Applications & SCOPE", Technical Report: SCO-02-T24-04, December 2004.
  • Marco de Sá, Luís Carriço, "SCOPE: Sistema de Informação e Interfaces de Acesso", Technical Report: SCO-01-T12-04, November, 2004

Demo and Videos

  • ScoForms and ScoTherapy's first versions on a PalmOS PDA (single video Download)
    • Creating a multiple choice question using ScoFORMS Download
    • Creating a free-text question using ScoFORMS Download
    • Creating a questionnaire using ScoFORMS Download
    • Completing a questionnaire using ScoTherapy Download


SCOPE project is funded by Fundação da Ciência e Tecnologia , Programa POSI/SRI, nº44247/2002.