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Special Issue Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation (JCR): Cognitive Engineering for Technology in Mental Health Care and Rehabilitation 

The use of technology to support diagnostics and treatments in mental health care and rehabilitation is increasing. Research efforts in the area have also begun to consider strengthening resilience against mental stress and enhancing overall mental wellness. Although considerable attention has been devoted to evaluating the efficacy of these technologies, little attention has been given to the cognitive ergonomic aspects of using these technologies, from the perspective of either the mental healthcare professional or of the patient. New innovative, efficient, and accessible technology is needed for safe care and rehabilitation. Technologies such as physiological measurement or visualisation technology should be applied in a manner that would create easy to use, acceptable and accessible systems. A cognitive engineering approach with its traditional focus on users, (in this case patients and mental healthcare professionals), could help to improve the interaction between the users and the system considering technological innovations, cognitive ergonomic knowledge and situational demands. Central to this approach seems cognitive, emotional and ergonomic aspects on issues as acceptance, usage, experience and accessibility of these innovative technologies. 

The special issue seeks high-quality original papers on the technology used in clinical areas such as anxiety disorder, addictions, cognitive rehabilitation, eating disorders, motor rehabilitation, obesity, pain management, personality disorder and autism. Possible topics in this area include, but are not limited to: 
* Bio/feedback/physiological measurement 
* Simulation/augmentation and presence 
* Virtual and augmented reality 
* Brain computing interfaces 
* Wearable technology 
* Internet based technology, tele-health and video-conferencing 
* Mobile technology, including mobile diary systems 
* Display technology (CAVE, HMD, Projection systems, etc) 
* Therapeutic computer games 
* Educational and persuasive technology, including psycho-education systems 
* Technology support to enhance persons’ resilience in stressful situations 

More background information on focus of the special issue can be found at website of the ECCE2010 workshop Cognitive Engineering for Technology in Mental Health Care and Rehabilitation ( 

*** Important Dates: 
15 November 2010 - submission of paper 
20 January 2011 – Notification 
Special Issue is scheduled for JCR spring 2011 issue 

*** Paper Preparation and Submission Guidelines: 
To submit, authors can visit 
Authors are also requested to carefully follow the journals Instructions 
for Authors that can be found on journal website. 
Important!! When submitting your paper to JCR, enter the code: 
“ECCE2010” into the first keyword field in the submission system to 
indicate that your paper should be considered for this special. 

*** Special Issue Editors 
* Willem-Paul Brinkman, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
* Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 
* Alessandra Gorini, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy 
* Andrea Gaggioli, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy 
* Mark Neerincx, TNO Human Factors/Delft University of Technology, The 

Besides the Editorial Board of JCR, reviewers from workshop program 
committee will also be solicited: 
* Mariano Alcañiz, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain 
* Cristina Botella, Universitat Jaume I, Spain 
* Paul Emmelkamp, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
* Robert Hubal, RTI International, USA 
* Charles van der Mast, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
* Evelyne Klinger, Arts et Métiers ParisTech - LAMPA, France 
* Paul Kizakevich, RTI International, USA 
* Giuseppe Riva, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy 
* James Spira, University of California San Diego, USA 
* Daniel Thalmann, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland 
* Arnold Vermeeren, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
* Eric Vermetten, Military Mental Health Research Center, Central 
Military Hospital, Utrecht, The Netherlands / Rudolf Magnus Institute of 
Neuroscience, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands 
* Valentijn Visch, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
* Brenda Wiederhold, Interactive Media Institute, USA 

For questions about the special issue please contact Willem-Paul 
Brinkman (w.p.brinkman at Questions about the submission 
system or the journal please contact the Managing Editor, Emily Butcher 
(ebutcher at

JCR is indexed in PsycINFO, Gale, EBSCO and Cabell, and is currently under review with SCOPUS, EMBASE and Medline.

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