The ID Game

Despite its evidence base in the general population, computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has not previously been adapted for use with people with intellectual disability. This project explores a game-based intervention to support CBT for adults with an intellectual disability. The evidence presented in the publications below, including the results of a randomised controlled trail, suggest this approach has significant potential.


Clyne, C., Jackman, C., Tully, M., Coyle, D. and O’Reilly, G. (2021), “We live in the moment”—Experiences of people with Intellectual Disabilities and Clinicians of Computer-Assisted Mindfulness and Relaxation. Br J Learn Disabil. (doi)

Cooney, P., Jackman, C., Tunney, C., Coyle, D. and O’Reilly, G., 2018. Computer‐assisted cognitive behavioural therapy: The experiences of adults who have an intellectual disability and anxiety or depression. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. (DOI)

Cooney, P., Jackman, C., Coyle, D. & O’Reilly, G (2017) Computerised cognitive–behavioural therapy for adults with intellectual disability: randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry Jun 2017, bjp.bp.117.198630 (DOI)

Key Collaborators:
Gary O’Reilly
Catherine Jackman