SAVVy Project
Smartphone-Assisted Coping Focused Therapy for Voice Hearing Experiences

SAVVy Project 

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research project being conducted across two specialist clinics which provide psychological treatment for people who hear voices. One clinic is based in Melbourne, Australia and the other clinic is based in Sussex, United Kingdom. The purpose of this project is to look at the effects of a coping-focused therapy for voices hearing experiences which is supported by a smartphone application ("app").

We are inviting people who:

  • Are aged 18 - 65
  • Are fluent in English 
  • Have been hearing voices (sometimes referred to as 'auditory hallucinations') for more than 6 months
  • Are comfortable using a smartphone or willing to learn


Participants are financially reimbursed for their time/travel for the assessment sessions. Depending on your location, the sessions will be held at the Voices Clinic either at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) in Prahran, Melbourne, or at NHS services around Sussex, UK. 

Participation will involve:

  • Being randomly allocated to receive the four session therapy over 4-5 weeks or a control group who will not receive the therapy
  • If you are allocated to receive the therapy, you will use a smartphone app between sessions which will initially ask you to complete multiple questionnaires daily to help track patterns in your voices, and later will remind you to use coping strategies
  • Completing two assessment sessions involving talking about your voice hearing experiences and completing some paper and pencil questionnaires.

For more information, please contact:

Australia: Imogen Bell on (03) 9214 5372 or savvyresearchtrial@gmail.com

United Kingdom: Sarah Fielding-Smit on (0)1273 877698 or s.fielding-smith@sussex.ac.uk