CONTACT


Email: hievans89@gmail.com

Phone: (212) 470-8857

Please note that due to the nature of this research, I am not able to disclose more than is presented on the page at this time.

OBJECTIVE

To transform mental health assessment and care through enhancing evidence-based clinical practices with data-driven approaches and technology. This is needed in particular for United States military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as they are disproportionately affected by PTSD.

CHALLENGE

For the last century, the delivery of nearly all psychotherapies has been constrained by data collected from patient self-report and clinician intuition. This data is subjective and narrow, functioning as an ever present obstacle in the practice, training, and delivery of psychotherapy. Clinicians who treat mental illness are in urgent need of methods, tools, and data to efficiently track, assess, and respond to mental health needs throughout the treatment process. Patients are in need of tools that provide feedback to optimize their therapeutic exercises.

METHODS

In order to investigate this challenge, we have employed a user-centered design approach to this on-going project. At this time we have engaged in user requirements gathering via interviews, demonstrations, and card sorting activities. Thematic analysis was used to extract themes from interviews. Based on our results from the requirements gathering, we developed a Prolonged Exposure (PE) Collective Sensing System (PECSS) aimed to support the critical work of both clinicians and patients as they engage with PE therapy. Additional methods including Wizard of Oz, video prototyping, scenario analysis, among others, will be used to fully develop the PECSS system.

SOLUTION

We propose a four landscape system which places the veteran, as an empowered patient, at the center of the PECSS system. This shared patient-clinician interface will include automated and personalized data analysis and innovation in the fields of data collection, automated information extraction, and engaging user interfaces. It will focus on the inclusion of data in real-world environments as well as to enhance the subjective data already collected in PE therapy. At this time, only some details of the project may be shared as it is currently in progress. 

RESULTS
  • National Science Foundation Grant Winner

  • Publication at Interact 2020

  • Pending publication at CHI 2020

MY ROLE

This research project is my dissertation work at Georgia Tech. As such, I am the lead graduate researcher for developing an engaging shared interface. I lead a team of graduate and undergraduate students to uncover research questions such as: In what capacity and to what extent can caregivers provide timely, real-world information for PE therapy? In which relationships? For which PE programs? How the military identity be utilized as an asset in building PECSS? What does an engaging, shared interface look like for evidence-based therapy? I lead others to investigate these questions through qualitative inquiry.