Dr. Adrian Aguilera, a clinical psychologist from UC Berkeley, collaborated with Dr. Ricardo Munoz of UCSF to develop an intervention program that uses text messaging to remind study participants to track their moods, take their prescribed medications, and reflect on positive interactions. This intervention was found particularly helpful as according to their research, some of the most active text message senders and receivers were non-Whites (primarily African Americans and Latinos) and often from lower SES backgrounds. As such, these populations often do not have access to smart phones, laptops, and iPads. However, a basic text messaging plan is accessible and something they already have.
A recent study conducted by UC Berkeley researchers has found an innovative perspective on texting. Though many of us often feel bogged down or even stressed out by the constant barrage of technologies commanding our attention, for some texting can be a relief. Research conducted with low-income under-served Latino populations suffering from depression and other mental disorders has brought hope that a simple technology can have far-reaching consequences.