Improving mood and motivation in Parkinson’s Disease

2022 – Flinders University

Researchers: Lead Investigator – Dr Stephanie Won; Co-Investigators – Dr Monica Cations and Associate Professor Tim Windsor; External Partners – The Hospital Research Foundation

Priority Area: Depression

Overview: While Parkinson’s Disease is primarily characterised by motor symptoms, approximately 40 per cent of patients also present with depression and apathy. Current treatment options for these symptoms have shown limited efficacy and accessibility. We aim to adapt, co-design and pilot a telehealth Behavioural Activation therapy program, which will target symptoms of depression and apathy by increasing engagement.