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Enhancing the reach of mental health care practice through user-centered mobile toolkits
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Enhancing the reach of mental health care practice through user-centered mobile toolkits
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Civilian and military communities are at significantly high risk for suicidal behavior. While emergency department or inpatient treatment is critical following a suicide attempt, people are still at high... Read more

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Civilian and military communities are at significantly high risk for suicidal behavior. While emergency department or inpatient treatment is critical following a suicide attempt, people are still at high risk after discharge from these settings. ReliefLink (RL) mobile app was developed as a free, user-centered mobile health (mhealth) tool, through a competitive grant from the 2013 Suicide Prevention: Continuity of Care and Follow-up App Challenge (SAMHSA). RL provides information links to follow-up care, and includes an emergency 911 alert, appointment reminders, mood rating, GPS-enabled locations of nearby services, tweet alerts, and coping activities. We plan to apply strengths-based and socioeconomic models to suicide prevention and assess RL in communities with known heightened risk for suicidal behavior, focusing on development of intrinsic and extrinsic resources. We hope to integrate viable and effective, value-added features of RL with other mobile tools such as the Virtual Hope Box and Caring Letters, toward a comprehensive toolkit for enhancement of mental health care.

Dr. Courtney Crooks is a Senior Research Scientist at
Georgia Tech Research Institute, and postdoctoral clinical psychology student
with Emory Veterans Program. She completed her doctoral training at the
University of Georgia (2002), in cognitive/experimental psychology, and a
second Masters in Aeronautical Science, Aviation Human Factors, from Embry
Riddle University (2009). She is currently completing postdoctoral training
with Fielding Graduate University, to obtain a re-specialization in Clinical
Psychology. She has worked directly with a broad patient base in the military
and civilian behavioral health settings, providing services and outreach, and
has acquired in-depth knowledge of emerging research in related areas including
post-traumatic stress, behavioral sleep medicine, mindfulness, and deployment
related issues. Currently a Navy Reservist, she previously served five years on
Active Duty as a Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, a specialty which
includes aeromedical and flight training. She has extensive professional
experience in project management, human systems integration, human subjects
research protections, engineering psychology and multiple areas falling under
the behavioral sciences including behavioral health and biopsychology.

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