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 at a specialist Voices Clinic based in Melbourne, Australia. The Voices Clinic provides expert advice and psychological treatment for people who hear voices. 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 over 18 years
  • 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. The sessions will be held at the Voices Clinic at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) in Prahran, Melbourne.

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:

Imogen Bell on (03) 9214 5372 or