SAM was conceived by a team at the University of the West of England, Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies, working with Counselling Psychologists and Wellbeing practitioners. We conduct research into the app’s development, use and effectiveness. If you are interested in partnering on research, please get in touch via


Matthews, P., Topham, P. and Caleb-Solly, P. (2018) Interaction and engagement with an anxiety management app: Analysis using large-Scale behavioral data. JMIR mental health. 5 (4), JMIR Publications Inc., Toronto, Canada. Available from:

Topham, P., Caleb-Solly, P., Matthews, P., Farmer, A. and Mash, C. (2015) Mental health app design - A journey from concept to completionIn: MobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct. Available from:

Topham, P., Caleb-Solly, P., & Matthews, P. (2015). Project SAM: Developing an app to provide self-help for anxiety. Available from: