Computer Vision App Assists Mental Health Clinicians

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have been developing MultiSense technologies to automatically sense human non-verbal behaviors such as facial expressions, eye gaze, head gestures, and vocal non-verbal behaviors like the voice and its tenseness. The goal is to assist clinicians working with mental health patients with their diagnosis and treatments of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, and autism. Louis-Philippe Morency, PhD and colleagues describe that one of the primary algorithms, from a computer-vision perspective, is facial landmark detection. It automatically identifies the position of 68 “landmarks” or key points on the face. These were defined over the years as being reliable to track over time. Examples are the eyebrow positions, contour of the mouth, the eye corners, and jaw contours. These are cornerstones for a later stage of analysis because knowing their current shapes really helps understand and recognize the facial expression. This is coupled with things like head-tilt and eye-gaze estimations. The goal of the software is not to diagnose depression, that’s always the job of the doctor. We’re building these algorithms as decision support tools for the clinicians so that they can do their assessments. But from an academic perspective, we do want to know how well these behavioral markers are correlating with the assessment of clinicians. We’ve done this work and seen around a 78% correlation. So it’s not 100%, but our data is significant. We’re definitely heading in the right direction!                Source: MedGadget...

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MIT Develops Temporary Skin Tattoo Interfaces

MIT Media Lab partnering with Microsoft Research, has unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos as connected interfaces that can be used in a variety of ways. DuoSkin, as described by MIT researchers, is a fabrication process that allows for the creation of customized functional devices that can be attached onto the skin of users. The project originated from the growing trend of metallic temporary tattoos, making DuoSkin a combination of existing fashion with useful functions in the connected world. Duoskin...

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Adaptive Text Messaging as an Adjunct to Clinical Care

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research described a study that was conducted in families with a preschool-aged child recently diagnosed as overweight or obese by their primary care provider. Parents were coached on skills to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors using cognitive behavior therapy. All of the skills were supported using tailored, adaptive text messaging. The novel feature of this program is that the parents helped to create messages that “spoke to them.” Using an automated software application messages were delivered based on desired content, timing, and frequency to support behavior change or skills practice at home. Results a significant increase in parental beliefs in their ability to engage in healthy lifestyles and self-reported healthy lifestyle behaviors. Furthermore, all parents reported the program as being useful, and indicated a desire to have their pediatric primary care incorporate the text messaging as an additional form of communication. JMIR Vol 4, No 1 (2016): Jan-Mar...

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AATP

AATP

Welcome to AATP – the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry The American Association for Technology in Psychiatry, a nonprofit membership organization of physicians and mental health professionals, is dedicated to the development and use of information technology to improve the quality and availability of psychiatric and mental health care. AATP aspires to be our members’ primary forum for association, for accessing colleagues who share interests and ambitions, and for communicating our work and vision. About Us...

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Building Connections

Building Connections

Associations are about collaboration. Sharing ideas and inspiring others to new directions comes about through a professional and social network of individuals from many diverse areas in psychiatry and mental health. AATP offers many opportunities for sharing ideas and collaborating with creative faculty. Education and Research Most of our members are active in academic involvement and are especially interested in ways that technology affects the educational process. Research is an important factor in advancing the field and our members are involved in various projects and we encourage collaboration and networking....

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Exploring Possibilities

Exploring Possibilities

Future Goals Our goals are to promote new development and research in the areas of information technology and informatics in psychiatry and medicine. We hope to accomplish this through educational activities and consultation to our colleagues in the medical and business world. Exploring possibilities generates an endless curiosity that opens up new channels of thought and communication that can lead to new ideas and new solutions.

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