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Max Klapow

MPhil., BA (Hons)

DPhil Candidate

  • Vice-Chair, Graduate Joint Consultative Committee
  • 1st-Year DPhil Representative

I study the design, evaluation, and scale-up of digital behavior-change interventions.

Doctoral Work

My doctoral research focuses on designing and evaluating technologies such as chatbots and apps to deliver parent-led cognitive behavioural therapy. This includes understanding behavioural factors that drive uptake and engagement with digital mental health interventions (DMHIs). 

I’m currently collaborating with UNICEF, the National Institute of Psychiatry of Mexico, the National System for Integral Family Development, Parenting for Lifelong Health, and the Global Parenting Initiative to develop, evaluate, and scale-up a chatbot-based programme to improve child, adolescent, and caregiver mental health.

Research Areas

My work focuses on scalable interventions to prevent mental health problems in resource-limited settings, particularly low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 

Outside of my doctoral research, I’m broadly interested in the application of behavioural science to complex intervention settings and its implications for improving policy.

I also often collaborate on projects related to engagement with digital health interventions and scale-up of complex social interventions. This includes research in implementation and evaluation science, aiming to understand what interventions work, for whom, and under which circumstances. 

Other Projects

-       Piloting a digital behaviour change intervention to improve personal agency in LMIC settings (focus on entrepreneurship, but are scaling outside of this population)

-       Systematic review and meta-analysis of scalable psychotherapies in LMIC settings

-       Use of positive psychology-based interventions to improve mental health outcomes of people experiencing incarceration 

-       Understanding the psychosocial characteristics of “superresponder” lay first responders in LMIC settings

-       Supporting the mental health of lay first responders in LMIC settings  


My DPhil is co-supervised by Professor Cathy Creswell and Dr. Jamie Lachman (Department of Social Policy and Intervention) and fully funded by the Grand Union ESRC Scholarship. Prior to the DPhil, I completed my MPhil in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation from the University of Oxford as a Truman Scholar in 2023, working on developing chatbot technologies to promote family well-being. I obtained my BA (Hons) in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy as a Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis.