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Social Skills Coach An innovative multi platform device to address social impairments among individuals with schizophrenia

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43MH113424-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43MH113424
Amount: $226,877.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 104
Solicitation Number: PA14-197
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-30
Small Business Information
200 RESERVOIR STREET, SUITE 202
Needham, MA 02494-3146
United States
DUNS: 621513451
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 JEFFREY OLIVET
 (617) 354-0939
 jolivet@center4si.com
Business Contact
 KRISTEN PAQUETTE
Phone: (617) 467-6014
Email: kpaquette@center4si.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Project Summary
Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition that affects percent of the worldandapos s population and can
involve delusions hallucinations disorganized thinking lack of motivation decreased emotional expression
and poor psychosocial functioning To address the need for developing social skills among people with
schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses the evidence based Social Skills Training SST intervention
has emerged as an effective approach While SST has become increasingly widespread across mental health
systems a need persists for tools that can increase the reach and impact of SST In response the Center for
Social Innovation C is partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of
Psychiatry and the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation Inc VA Maryland Health Care System to
develop and test Social Skills Coach a dynamic online platform with a client facing web app and a provider
dashboard to support integration of the product into SST groups Social Skills Coach is organized around three
parts each of which is grounded in learning theory
Review to reinforce knowledge and skills acquired in SST
Practice to support the development of generalizable skills and improvements in functioning
Apply to translate knowledge and skills honed by app use into real encounters in the world and
provide opportunities to reflect on what happened
Throughout each component the user will receive virtual coaching that offers tips and feedback about
learning concepts Review strengths and areas for improvement Practice and encouragement before and
after real life encounters Apply Two specific aims guide the Phase I study
Aim Develop a prototype version of the Social Skills Coach multi platform interactive device
Aim Complete a pilot study to test the feasibility credibility and acceptability of Social Skills Coach
and collect preliminary efficacy data
This Phase I study will use qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate Social Skills Coach and
provide proof of concept for a larger Phase II effectiveness study The primary outcomes will be the
feasibility credibility acceptability and preliminary efficacy of using Social Skills Coach in conjunction with SST
group training to improve knowledge skills and community integration
Social Skills Coach represents an innovative entry into the arena of mental health apps to support the
dissemination and impact of evidence based interventions It has potential as an adjunct to existing SST efforts
or as a stand alone recovery support app for people with serious mental illnesses Most importantly it can help
improve social skills for individuals who seek to reconnect with friends family and community Project Narrative
To increase the reach and impact of Social Skills Training SST an evidence based intervention for people
with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses the Center for Social Innovation is partnering with the
University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation Inc
Veterans Administration Maryland Health Care System to develop and test Social Skills Coach a web based
application and provider dashboard The product will provide people the opportunity to review information
they have learned in SST practice skills in the context of the app and apply newly acquired skills in the
real world Phase I of this study is designed to produce a prototype of the product and test the prototype in a
small randomized controlled trial to assess its feasibility credibility acceptability and preliminary efficacy

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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