UCD to lead €4m tech-focused youth mental health research network
22 November 2016
Dr David Coyle, TEAM project co-ordinator, and a researcher in human computer interaction at UCD’s School of Computer Science
University College Dublin (UCD) has been chosen to lead a €4 million research and training network focused on developing technologies to support the provision of mental health services for young people.
TEAM (Technology Enabled Mental Health for Young People), a four-year Innovation Training Network (ITN), is being funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions initiative.
The target of the network is to train a new generation of researchers who can help to deliver effective, affordable and accessible mental health services for young people. The network will also focus on the design, development and evaluation of new technology enabled mental health services.
TEAM, which brings together a multi-disciplinary network of mental health experts, computer scientists, designers and policy experts from five countries, (Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Spain and the UK) will provide a unique doctoral training and research platform for 15 PhD students.
Research suggests that 50 per cent of mental disorders emerge by 14 years of age. Untreated difficulties at a young age also triple the likelihood of further difficulties in later life.
The TEAM research programme is built around four key themes: assessment, prevention, treatment and policy. It aims to deliver new technologies that can support rapid, early and large-scale assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people.
To help realise the potential of technology in this area, whilst also addressing the potential risks, TEAM will investigate policy directions and guidelines for technologies designed to support youth mental health.
“We are not going to address all of the challenges in youth mental health in just four years. But we do aim to train a new generation of researchers, with a unique combination of skills, who will be at the forefront of this challenge in the coming decades,” said Dr David Coyle, TEAM project co-ordinator and a researcher in human computer interaction at UCD’s School of Computer Science.
“Technology can play an important role in improving mental health services, but only if we get the details right. It was critical that TEAM had an appropriate balance of mental health experts, computer scientists and designers. Throughout the project we will work in close partnership with mental health services and with people with experiences of mental health difficulties,” added Coyle.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2016/11/22/ucd-youth-mental-health-research-network/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/David-Coyle.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/David-Coyle.jpgNewsEuropean Union,Horizon,research,UCD