Acquiring access to mental health treatments can be difficult for those who are not near mental health facilities. The growing field of telemental health addresses this problem by using video and telephone conferencing to provide patients with access to psychiatric professionals. However, the process faces challenges to gain adoption into mainstream medical practice and to develop an evidence base supporting its efficacy. In this comprehensive text, leading professionals in the field provide an introduction to telemental health and explore how to construct a therapeutic space in different contexts when conducting telemental health, how to improve access for special populations, and how to develop an evidence base and best practice in telemental health. In the past 15 years, implementation of telemental health has seemed to follow more from need than from demonstrated efficacy. The thorough and insightful chapters within this book show the importance of continued research and thoughtful development of ethical and responsible practice that is needed in the field and begin to lay out steps in constructing this process. Telemental Health will be an essential book for all clinical practitioners and researchers in mental health fields.

Key Features

  1. Information in this book is focused on the clinical practice of telemental health, no other text is similarly oriented to clinical practice. Limited options for interested audience makes this text a top choice.
  2. The Editors are experienced in multiple aspects of e-health across diverse clinical settings, and the authors are national leaders who are most knowledgeable regarding developments in the field.
  3. Emphasis is on providing evidence-based care, and telemental health emerges as comparable to usual care, not a "second best" option; material is not esoteric but relevant to clinical practice. Readers will be able to readily find the equipment and other technology to establish their practice.


Current and potential practitioners of telemental health. Mental health administrators and policymakers. Academic and community-based researchers.

Table of Contents

 SECTION I: Introduction to Telemental Health

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

Authors: Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D. and Kathleen Myers, M.D., M.P.H.

CHAPTER TWO: Telemental Health as a Solution to the Widening Gap Between Supply and Demand for Mental Health Services

Author: Michael Flaum, M.D.


SECTION II: Developing a Therapeutic Space During Telemental Health

CHAPTER THREE: Establishing Therapeutic Rapport in Telemental Health

Author: Dehra Glueck, M.D.

CHAPTER FOUR: Ethical Considerations in Providing Mental Health Services Over Videoteleconferencing

Authors: Eve Lynn Nelson, Ph.D. Kathy Davis, Ph.D., Sarah E. Velasquez, M.S., M.A.B

CHAPTER FIVE: Integrating Culturally Appropriate Care into Telemental Health Practice

Authors: Elizabeth Brooks, Ph.D., Garret Spargo, Peter Yellowlees, M.B.B.S. M.D., Patrick

O’Neill, M.D., Jay Shore, M.D., M.P.H.

CHAPTER SIX: Managing Risk and Protecting Privacy in Telemental Health: An Overview of

Legal, Regulatory, and Risk Management Issues.

Authors: Gregory Kramer Ph.D., J.D., Matthew Mishkind, Ph.D., David Luxton, Ph.D., Jay

Shore, M.D., M.P.H.


SECTION III: Establishing a Telemental Health Practice

CHAPTER SEVEN: Business Aspects of Telemental Health in Private Practice

Author: Dehra Glueck, M.D.

CHAPTER EIGHT: Technology Options for the Provision of Mental Health Care Through Videoteleconferencing

Authors: Garret Spargo, Ashley Karr


SECTION IV: Improving Access for Special Populations through Telemental Health

CHAPTER NINE: Telemental Health in Primary Care

Authors: Avron Kreichman, M.D


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"I found this book to be enthralling and informative…. It provides a significant dataset of what has worked, and through a well-written narrative on the evidence base, this book will serve as the foundation of TMH moving forward and should be a ready reference for all participants in TMH."--Telemedicine and e-Health, October 2013