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Cheryl Meyer (Committee Chair), Wendy Dragon (Committee Member), Anthony Ragusea (Committee Member)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Shame is an intensely painful emotion that underlies many forms of psychopathology and maladaptive behavior. As a result, researchers have sought to gain a more thorough understanding of this self-conscious emotion and how it impacts functioning. Several evidence-based treatment modalities have been identified as helpful in the treatment of shame and in the development of shame resilience. However, there continues to be a need for this information to be more readily accessible. The current project involved developing the content and design for Beyond Shame, a mobile application (app) aimed at helping English-speaking adults to develop shame resilience. The mobile app includes five features: Learn Shame, Support Network, Coping Toolkit, Daily Engagement, and Support Over Shame (S.O.S.). The content and design development were informed by a thorough review of the literature on shame, shame resilience, evidence-based practices, and mobile app efficacy. The resulting mobile app wireframe is presented in a manual format (see Appendix C). A discussion of the creative process, user experience development, strengths, weaknesses, and limitations is included. Future directions are explored, including ideas for additional features to be incorporated into future versions of Beyond Shame, a plan for evaluating its efficacy in increasing shame resilience, and a plan for disseminating it to relevant professionals and the general public.

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School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons