MHTech Center News and Meeting Information

Interdisciplinary Mental Health Technology Seed Grant Awards

We are very excited to annouce that three UCSD investigators have been awarded seed grant funding from the MHTech Center and the University of California, San Diego Office of Research Affairs for the support of innovative interdisciplinary research projects! These seed grants will accelerate efforts to obtain larger awards and collaborations between the Schools of Medicine and Engineering aimed at developing technology solutions to improve the lives of people suffering from mental health problems.

Dr. Milan Makale 
Dr. Jyoti Mishra 
Dr. Fiza Singh

Congratulations and we look forward to seeing the results of your exciting projects!

Design Competition

The MHTech Center is sponsoring UCSD Electrical and Computer Engineering's Design Competition this year! Students are hard at work meeting with patients struggling with Parkinson's disease, innovating novel ideas to make the daily needs of these patients more manageable. Some of the ideas that have been explored are: creating a "smart" pill container that sends daily reminders to patients on their mobile mobile devices to take their pill, creating an application on a phone alerting patients when obstacles are near, have multiple sensors controlled via website to alert patients to environmental cues, and more! Our students are currently designing their prototypes and will be showcasing them on June 1st, 2019. 

TO RSVP for the upcoming showcase, fill out this Google Form







MHTech Center Meetings
The next MHTech Center meeting is currently being scheduled. Please contact Dr. Eric Granholm for more information. 

Past Center Meeting Minutes
     MHTech Minutes October 3, 2017
     MHTech Minutes August 29, 2017


Past Events

Dr. Elizabeth Murnane, a current Postdoctoral Scholar in Computer Science in Stanford University, will be presenting a talk on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, 9-10 am at Leichtag Room 107. Her talk will be focused on her work on building self-assessment tools, passive sensing techniques and personalized informatics and intervention systems for measuring pain, alertness, and behavior change. Dr. Murnane is being recruited by the UCSD Design Lab in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry. 

Edward Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab at the University of Washington seeks to address real-world medical needs. On April 22nd, 2019, 11-12 pm at Jacobs Hall 2512, he will present a talk discussing how he has enabled smartphones to perform physiological measurements comparable to their medical device counterparts. Edward has taken the extra mile to test out these devices to actual users and patients in the villages of South America. 

Dr. Chun-Nan Hsu, an associate adjunct professor from the Department of Biomedical Informatics from the University of California, San Diego, is presenting a talk titled "What Natural Language Processing (NLP) can do for Mental Health" on March 6th, 2019 from 12-1 pm at the Stein Clinical Building, Conference room #148. This talk will review the state-of-the-art capabilities of NLP and discuss how it may help in research and applications for mental health. 

Dr. Min-Sup Shin, a clinical psychologist and professor at the Department of Psychiatry from Seoul National University, is presenting a talk titled "Mental Health Enhancement Programs Using the Internet & Smart-tablet" on February 4th, 2019 at the Department of Psychiatry in UC San Diego. Dr. Shin is the first clinical psychologist to develop computerized neuropsychological tests including developing an internet based version of the CBT for those with OCD and ADHD in Korea. For more details on the talk, please visit UC San Diego's Department of Psychiatry, Upcoming Events.