Conversational agents to provide couple therapy for patients with PTSD

Nasim Motalebi, Saeed Abdullah

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Abstract

Conversational agents (CAs) like Amazon Alexa can potentially enable a new way to deliver therapy to patients with serious mental illnesses. Specifically, they can be used to provide support for real-time family therapy and interventions in a scalable way. However, this requires significant changes in traditional therapeutic content since interaction with CAs is fundamentally different than reading or using eHealth applications. In this work, we aim to identify challenges in adapting a clinically validated therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to conversational agents. Specifically, we describe our initial design and development process to use Amazon Alexa to deliver Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD. Our initial design process resulted in an interaction model that emphasizes short dialogues and interactivity. This design process and interaction model can potentially be useful for future studies focusing on using conversational agents for therapeutic content delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages347-351
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364508
DOIs
StatePublished - May 21 2018
Event12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018 - New York, United States
Duration: May 21 2018May 24 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period5/21/185/24/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Motalebi, N., & Abdullah, S. (2018). Conversational agents to provide couple therapy for patients with PTSD. In Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018 (pp. 347-351). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3240925.3240933