Mental Health & Technology

Mental Health & Technology

Mental health problems are among the most frequent, pervasive, incapacitating and costly problems in our current society. To date, technological solutions to ameliorate this situation have remained underexplored. Yet technology could play important roles in this sense, for instance in improving insights in etiology, diagnostics or treatment via tracking, quantified self, and data science approaches, virtual treatment facilities and clinics, online provision of counseling and training, better working and living conditions.

Mental health is a vibrant and incredibly challenging field of application for the Center for Humans & Technology. Researchers in our center are collaborating with numerous parties in the domain to explore and develop technological applications and services to improve mental health for people from clinical populations as well as the general public. 

Important initiatives under this theme are coordinated in the Academic Collaborative Center (Academische werkplaats) Technological and Social Innovation for Mental Health and the Dementia & Technology center of expertise (Brankaert, IJsselsteijn). 

Below is an overview of recent and ongoing research projects in this domain.

Related researchers and research groups

The research theme Mental health & Technology is coordinated by Prof.dr.ir. Yvonne de Kort.
Research efforts are taking place in numerous research groups. 

The following researchers and research groups at TU/e are currently actively involved in research in the Mental Health domain:

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Inter-Academic Collaborative Center

Social and technological innovation hold great promise for patient (self) support in mental health. GGzE, the Center for Humans and Technology and Tranzo have therefore joined forced and created an inter-academic infrastructure to collaborate strategically in research and expertise.

Under the heading of  ‘Technological and Social Innovation for Mental Health’ , it focuses on three core themes:

  • Transition in the mental health care sector (changing organizational processes and structures to facilitate innovative care practices)
  • Healing & healthy environments (empathic, adaptive, restorative environments, healthful conditions)
  • Personalized mental health care (e-health, online therapy, VR and physiological augmentation)

Dementia and Technology

This research center aims to design, develop, evaluate and research non-pharmaceutical technological interventions for people living with dementia.

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Ongoing research projects

An overview of ongoing research projects in Mental Health and Technology

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DE-ESCALATE

De-escalate develops and tests mechanisms for de-escalation of aggression through dynamic light.

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SSZT

 Samen Slim Zorgen Thuis (Smart Home Care Together)

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Kempenlef

Independent living for seniors

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Pleyade

Innovation for persons with dementia

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VILANS

Actively involving people with dementia in technology design

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INHERIT

INter-sectoral Health and Environment Research for InnovaTion

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Professional Skills for e-Mental Health

Serious games supporting mental health professionals in skill development and empathic interactions in online counselling

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GOAL

Gamification for Overweight Prevention and Active Lifestyle

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Room for Sustainable Happiness

Stimulating care environment for seniors living in a nursing home to improve Quality of Life

EESTORD

Exploring the Experience of Social Touch in old age and in dementia, Opportunities for Research and Design

Smart Living Relieves Burdens

Smart Living Relieves Burdens

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LtFA

Light to fight addiction

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Guiding Environment

An environment to stimulate and support older adults with early stage dementia in their home environment.

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HealthBed

Unobtrusive monitoring of health-related parameters in the bed environment.

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ESoD

Everyday Sounds of Dementia

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SBID

Smart Building Interventions to stimulate healthy behaviour for older adults with Dementia.