International Symposium on Computational Methods for Mental Health

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 9:30am

Check Point Building (new)

Auditorium 001

Tel Aviv University


We look forward to a broad interdisciplinary audience, including research psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, and computational linguists.

This promises to be an exciting event, replete with cross-fertilization of ideas and methods.

The abstracts for the talks are coming soon.


09:30 - 10:00 Gathering

10:00 - 10:30 Change in Language Session-by-Session During Psychotherapy.

Natalie Shapira (BIU), Yoav Goldberg, Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Gal Lazaros, Daniel Juravski and Dana Atzil-Slonim

10:30 - 11:00 What You Say and How You Say It: Speech Based Evaluation of Self-Disclosure and Mental Pain.

Yossi Levi-Belz (Ruppin), Hamutal Kreiner

11:00 - 11:30 Virtual Reality and Neurophysiological Interfaces.

Doron Friedman (IDC)

11:30 - 12:00 Panel: Envisioning Future Methods to the Study of Therapeutic Change.

Yoav Goldberg (BIU), Dana Atzil-Slonim (BIU), Reut Tsarfaty (Open U), Eli Shamir (HU)

12:00 - 12:20 The Impact of Preprocessing on the Classification of Mental Disorders.

Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner (Lev Academic Center), Yair Yigal, Daniel Miller

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13:25 - 13:55 Natural Language Processing Landscape, in Perspective of the Mental Health Community.

Avrahami Israeli (BGU)

14:00 - 14:20 Machine Learning & Natural Language Processing Model for Mental Distress Detection in

Teenagers Via Text Analysis - Real World Solution.

Hava Doron Soferman (, Amit Shkolnik (

14:25 - 15:10 Towards the Computational Modeling and Analysis of Arts-Based Therapy.

David Harel (Weizmann), Billie Sandak

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15:25 - 15:55 Internal Attentional (Dys)control Over Negative Verbal Thoughts in Mental Health: A Simulated Thought Paradigm study.

Iftach Amir (Haifa U), Liad Ruimi and Amit Bernstein

15:55 - 16:10 Predicting Mental Illness Using Natural Language Processing Tools – The Case of Schizophrenia.

Ido Ziv (COLMAN), Heli Baram, Kfir Bar

16:10 - 16:25 Semantic Characteristics of Schizophrenic Speech.

Vered Zilberstein (TAU), Kfir Bar, Ido Ziv, Heli Baram, Nachum Dershowitz, Samuel Itzikowitz, Eiran Vadim Harel

16:25 - 16:45 Welcome to the MATRIX: Psychotherapy of the Tomorrow.

Shlomo Mendlovic (Shalvata, TAU), Mor Bar, Amit Saad

Attending is free; registration is required so we know how many people are planning to participate.

Organizing: Kfir Bar, Ido Ziv, Nachum Dershowitz, Vered Zilberstein

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