Collaborations with the MHTech Center

Mental Health Needs Survey:

OVERVIEW:  The Department of Psychiatry and its Mental Health Tech Center formed an initiative in Fall 2017 to increase research collaborations between psychiatry and engineering.  We would love to have your involvement!  To participate, we simply would like a description of an important unmet need you face in the clinic or in research in this brief survey. 

BACKGROUND:  UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering has world renowned faculty and resources in engineering, with several hundred students participating in several different courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  As part of their coursework, these students could lend their talents to creating solutions to problems psychiatry faculty and trainees face in clinical care and in research.  Potential solutions might involve novel devices, diagnostic tools, software, new ways of analyzing data such as through machine learning, robotics, and many others.  It is our hope that, by linking students with identified problems and potential mentors in psychiatry, this effort will generate novel collaborations that could form the basis of new research projects, grant proposals, intellectual property and/or start up companies.  

PROJECT:  To facilitate this endeavor, the Mental Health Tech Center is seeking to compile a list of unmet needs in research and mental health sevices from psychiatry department members that could form the basis of a student project.   Once compiled, this list will be distributed to students in various undergraduate and graduate programs, and students will then be able to review this list and reach out to seek further guidance and clinical mentorship in addressing the topic through an engineering solution. As part of this initiative we wish to foster trainee to trainee contact as well as trainee mentor to trainee mentor interaction. In Psychiatry, trainees in any of our programs who have ideas, and might wish to partner with trainees in Engineering and Computer Science, are encouraged to participate.  

Please complete the following very brief survey describing your unmet need at this link:

To see ideas of other department members, please see this link:


Request for Collaborations:

If you have an idea for an interdisciplinary project and seek a partner in psychiatry or engineering, please contact the MHTech Center to be put in contact with potential collaborators.