MHTech Center News and Meeting Information

MHTech Center Seminar Series

The MHTech Center has launched a seminar series in December, 2019 that will highlight the on-going collaborations between the faculty of the Schools of Engineering and the Department of Psychiatry and other topics of interest to MHTech affiliated faculty. The next seminar is tentatively scheduled for February, 2020. Please check back here soon for details.

2019-2020 Interdisciplinary Mental Health Technology Seed Grant Awards

We are very excited to announce that two 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! The awardees are Dr. Milan Makale and Dr. Jyoti Mishra. Please see the Seed Funding page for descriptions of their projects.

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


Past Events

The MHTech Center sponsored the UCSD Electrical and Computer Engineering'sDesign Competition this year. Students focused on meeting the needs of patients struggling with Parkinson's disease by developing innovative ideas to make the daily needs of these patients more manageable. Some of the ideas that were explored, included: creating a "smart" pill container that sends daily reminders to patients on their 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 showcased their designs on June 1st, 2019. 





The EPRP was included in the 2018-2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering brochure. The brochure can be found on the EPRP Internship page.



Dr. Elizabeth Murnane, a Postdoctoral Scholar in Computer Science in Stanford University, presented a talk on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Her talk 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 22, 2019, he presented 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, presented a talk titled "What Natural Language Processing (NLP) can do for Mental Health" on March 6, 2019 from 12-1 pm at the Stein Clinical Building, Conference room #148. The talk reviewed 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, and Visiting Scholar to the MHTech Center presented a talk titled "Mental Health Enhancement Programs Using the Internet & Smart-tablet" on February 4, 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.