The primary goal of the MHTech Center is to bring together researchers and clinicians from engineering and psychiatry in order to develop novel technology tools to solve mental health (MH) problems. Engineers have solutions seeking problems and clinicians and researchers in psychiatry need solutions to MH problems with significant global impact. The MHTech Center will foster collaborations between experts on ambulatory monitoring and mobile/wearable sensors, virtual reality, and technology design with experts on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, chronic pain, substance abuse, suicide, and other MH challenges, as well as experts on community engagement, design and methodology, education, and ethics. Our vision is that of a world in which distress and dysfunction due to MH problems are readily detected, identified and objectively quantified in the population, so early detection, prevention and intervention can be delivered in real-time real-world environments. UC San Diego is home to nationally renowned programs in neurosciences, engineering, medicine and psychiatry, and is surrounded by leading research institutions and numerous biotechnology companies; all resources for the center.
MHTech Center Working Vision:
To improve mental health research and services by developing high quality, accessible, ethical, and effective innovations in mobile mental health and related technology.
MHTech Center Working Mission:
The MHTech Center will serve as a campus and national resource to accelerate mobile and digital technology projects that improve mental health, by facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, developing novel shared technological resources, providing cross-departmental educational opportunities, and collaborating with industry and community stakeholders.