New $1.2 Million NSF Grant Aims to Improve Treatment for PTSD Patients

New $1.2 Million NSF Grant Aims to Improve Treatment for PTSD Patients

Health and Medicine Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly among veterans returning from combat zones or other troubling situations, is a devastating mental condition with tremendous individual and societal costs. About 12 percent of Gulf War veterans and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans suffer from PTSD according to a 2019 article in U.S. News and World Report . While recovery is possible, it requires intensive therapeutic engagement that less than 50 percent of affected veterans actually seek out. A new four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to a team of researchers from Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Rochester will help bridge this gap by funding the development of a computational assessment toolkit for PTSD patients and clinicians, called PE Collective Sensing System (PECSS). PECSS, which will sit atop the PE Coach App developed by the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Defense, will aim to improve current treatment practices and increase the number of veterans who seek treatment. “PECSS will allow clinicians to use automated predictions to deliver better therapeutic treatment and individualized feedback, and patients to better understand the progress they are making and how to improve their exposure exercises,” said Rosa Arriaga , a Senior Research Scientist in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing and the principal investigator on the project. [THE INTERACTION HOUR PODCAST: IS TECHNOLOGY A GAME CHANGER FOR CARE OF PTSD PATIENTS?, FEATURING DR. ROSA ARRIAGA] Currently, the most common and empirically-supported treatment for PTSD is “prolonged exposure” (PE) therapy. The treatment consists of imaginal exposure, where patients imagine themselves and narrate their traumatic event, and in-vivo exposure to real-world stimuli in safe but challenging environments. There are, however, challenges in data collection and extraction, which is often subjective and narrow. This project will address those challenges by […]

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