ACDP Innovation Lab

The mission of the ACDP Innovation Lab is to accelerate emergence of Innovations, Services, and Education packages that advance psychosocial wellness by bringing together a collaborative team of researchers, clinicians, students, and community stakeholders; to foster a culture of psychological wellbeing among individuals through engagement and skill development; to promote patient-centered care by transforming mental health services; to train the next generation of researchers and clinicians to perform at the highest levels in developing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative psychological interventions.


To improve the well-being of Persons who use drugs (PWUDs) via innovative interventions, specifically focusing on:

1) developing, evaluating, and optimizing innovative psycho-social interventions, therapeutic processes, and public health programs as part of Universal Health Care and Mental Health;

2) enhancing engagement in innovative psycho-social interventions through Sikolohiyang Pilipino and other frameworks ;

3) cultivating inter-university and trans-disciplinary collaboration to advance the science and practice of psycho-social wellness

4) developing innovative leadership, governance, and service delivery mechanisms to co-create psycho-social wellness


The ACDP Innovation Lab focuses on conducting research designed to improve the psychological wellbeing and overall functioning of individuals suffering from clinical and subclinical mental health conditions, often comorbid with medical conditions. The lab's research aims to explore improving face-to-face interventions as well as access to, and optimising the effectiveness of, Internet-delivered interventions as part of routine care. Through these goals we aim to enhance wellbeing of individuals and reduce suffering related to mental health problems.

Research Areas

Broadly, research in the ACDP Innovation Lab aims to address the following areas:


  • How can we best reach/engage individuals who are suffering from mental health conditions and who could benefit from psychological services to improve wellbeing?

  • How do patients perceive Internet-delivered interventions relative to other interventions?

  • What factors predict interest and engagement in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • Which patient groups have more difficulty engaging in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What therapeutic techniques or materials (e.g., motivational interviewing, content tailoring) can be used to increase patient engagement in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • How does matching therapist support to patient preference or patient characteristics affect engagement?


  • What is the efficacy/effectiveness of diagnostic-specific and transdiagnostic Internet interventions for improving wellbeing and functioning in diverse patient groups?

  • Which clients benefit most/least from Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What are the unique treatment needs of various patient groups (e.g., individuals with insomnia, workplace stress, spinal cord injury cancer, coronary events, postpartum depression/anxiety, chronic pain) or populations (public safety personnel, post-secondary students, agricultural community)?

  • What are patient perspectives on how to improve Internet-delivered interventions?

Therapeutic Process:

  • How can we best train therapists to provide Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What is the nature and quality of therapist-assistance when therapy is delivered via the Internet?

  • What practice guidelines should exist in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • How well do therapists adhere to assigned practice guidelines when providing Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What is the optimal level of therapist support in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • How should patient preferences and patient characteristics be used to individualize therapist support to improve outcomes and engagement?

  • What do patients want from therapists during Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What is the best way to supervise therapists in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What factors predict therapeutic alliance in Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What impact do therapist behaviours during Internet-delivered interventions have on patient outcomes?


  • What are the barriers and facilitators to implementing Internet-delivered interventions in diverse clinical settings?

  • How do healthcare providers perceive Internet-delivered interventions and how do these perceptions impact the adoption of Internet-delivered interventions in routine practice?

  • What policies and procedures impact the implementation of Internet-delivered interventions in routine practice?

  • What implementation strategies improve the adoption of Internet-delivered interventions?

  • What organizational, cultural, and environmental factors within healthcare settings impact the implementation of Internet-delivered interventions in routine practice?

  • What is the cost-effectiveness of varying approaches to delivering Internet-delivered interventions?


Our studies have explored ways to improve psychological wellbeing for a variety of populations varying in demographic characteristics.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (ACDP UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) may be a credit or non-credit activity for students, depending on the research project and the university department that is running the UROP project.

Expectations & Responsibilities

Effort is required from all parties to make UROP a rewarding educational endeavor. Participants should conduct themselves with the same integrity and high standards of conduct expected of all members of the academic community. The Asian Center for Drug Policy is a broad and diverse network, and the ability to work with others is important.

In all cases, an approved UROP project presumes active and regular communication and oversight between participating undergraduates and their faculty supervisors.

Click here for more details on ACDP UROP.

Adapted from: Regina University WISE Lab