Developing New Technology for Social Anxiety Treatment

ECE Associate Professor Sarah Ostadabbas is leading a $500K NSF grant, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, for the “Development of a precision closed loop BCI for socially fearful teens with depression and anxiety” to introduce a prototype for clinical application of augmented reality (AR)-guided, electroencephalogram (EEG)-based exposure technology for socially fearful teens. The proposed system has the potential to provide a technology-driven paradigm for exposure therapy that meaningfully reflects the social challenges experienced by depressed and anxious teens.

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