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Gavin Doherty <[log in to unmask]>
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Gavin Doherty <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 6 Sep 2007 13:02:19 -0400
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- CFP: CHI 2008 Workshop on Technology in Mental Health

Mental illness has been identified as one of the greatest challenges facing
society in the coming decades. However, there are significant barriers to
access for many people suffering from mental illness, including overburdened
public health care systems, geographic distance from point of care,
difficulties encountered by individuals in engaging with services, and the
stigma associated with mental illness. This workshop will explore the
potential of technology to improve access, engagement, effectiveness and
affordability of treatment in the area of mental health.

This workshop will identify and explore opportunities for further research
and development; particularly, participants will examine

    * Challenges faced by mental health professionals and possible
technological support.
    * Promising and emerging technologies and research questions associated
with these.
    * HCI research challenges and modes of collaboration between technology
and mental health professionals.

The Workshop will be held as part of the ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human
Factors in Computing.

Specific topics can include: design for user engagment, designs to reduce
stigma, addressing age and socio-cultural factors, presence and mental
health, computer mediated communication, mobile and pervasive applications,
personalized and adaptive systems, and experiences in design to address
specific conditions.

The workshop will bring together researchers from both a HCI background and
a mental health background, allowing them to share experiences on
applications and processes, and to provide feedback and direction on future
developments in this important and socially relevant area.

To participate in this workshop, please submit a position paper of 2-6 pages
to Gavin Doherty [log in to unmask]> by 3 Oct 2007. All position papers
will be reviewed and accepted submissions will appear in the workshop
proceedings. The possibility of a journal special issue based on expanded
and revised versions of the submissions will be explored following the
workshop. Workshop participants must register for at least one day of the
CHI conference as well as the workshop.

For further details, see the workshop homepage on

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