Dr Mark Larsen is a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute. His research examines how technology can be used to deliver effective mental health interventions to reduce the risk of suicide, particularly among those that have made a previous attempt. His research also explores the use of passive smartphone data collection to detect changes in mental health. He was awarded a 2015 Society for Mental Health Research Fellowship for his project on follow-up supportive text messages following a visit to the emergency department after a suicide attempt.
Dr Larsen completed his DPhil in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford, and received a Masters in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. His doctoral thesis developed and evaluated mobile phone apps for self-management in type 2 diabetes, and symptom management during chemotherapy. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford and the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London. He is a member of the Society for Mental Health Research, the IET Healthcare Technologies Network, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and the Editorial Board of JMIR Mental Health.