The Smartphone, Behaviour, and Mood Study

Name of Study

The Smartphone, Behaviour, and Mood Study.


Purpose of Study 

Health psychology researchers at UCD School of Psychology are recruiting participants for a study exploring psychological well-being in people with type 2 diabetes. Dr Sonya Deschênes is an Assistant Professor and Ms Amy Mc Inerney is an Ad Astra PhD Student.


We are interested in how behavioural, lifestyle, and psychological factors interact and influence health and well-being in people with and without Type 2 diabetes. We want to learn about how we can use smartphones to do this. Many of us carry our smartphones with us each day. In many cases, our smartphones know more about important health factors, like how much we move and rest each day, than our GP does. We want to harness the power of the smartphone to measure well-being in a safe and ethical way that protects your privacy.
This is not-for-profit research. We only want to learn how we can better assess, and hopefully improve, psychological well-being in people with Type 2 diabetes and in the broader community.


To sign up, just fill-in your email address on the sign-up form here.


If you would like to ask a question, please fill in the question form here.


If you would like more information, visit our study website here.


Type of Study (observational/exploratory etc)

Longitudinal observational study.


Are you recruiting participants for this trial



State geographical location of study (city/county/country)

From Home. This study involves downloading a smartphone app. You can participate from anywhere in Ireland.


Who can take part?

Anyone who is over 18 and under 70 years of age and can read and understand English can take part. You must also live in the Republic of Ireland and use a smartphone daily. We are interested in people with and without Type 2 diabetes.


What will the participants be asked to do?

You will be asked to download a smartphone application (“app”) called Beiwe to your phone. The study involves having Beiwe on your phone for 2 months (but you can change your mind and stop at any point).
The app will ask you to answer brief assessments twice a day, asking, for example, how you slept last night. You will also be invited to complete an online questionnaire (taking roughly 15-20 minutes) when you sign up, in week 4, and in week 8.


The app will collect data from your smartphone’s sensors (e.g., screen-time, mobility). You can find more information on the type of data collected on our study website here. 



Recruitment Start Date



Recruitment Finish Date



Study Duration

The study involves having the Beiwe application on your phone for 2 months.


For further information contact:

Ms Amy Mc Inerney, PhD Student, UCD School of Psychology


[email protected]