Interactive Game-Based System for Psychological Health Education

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWG-09-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: O083-H15-3057
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H15
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Van Lent
 Chief Scientist
 (734) 327-8000
Business Contact
 James Rosbe
Title: President
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Research Institution
When a service member returns from deployment, expectations on both sides run high for a joyous reunion. However, this transition to a peacetime environment can pose many challenges for the service member as well as his family and friends. Soar Technology, with our partners at USC''''''''s Institute for Creative Technology and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, propose to develop a game-based training environment that will assist the families of service members, and the service members themselves, in recognizing when a service member may need psychological help and encouraging that service member to seek out help. Our game-based training environment will focus on four areas; how to recognizing the signs that a service member may need help, what are the available psychological health options, how to suggest to the service member that they may need help, and how to ease the service member''''''''s concerns with entering into an unfamiliar situation. Our team''''''''s deep experience base in building game-based training tools for the military, using game environments as psychological therapy tools, and providing psychological health treatment specifically to the military community, makes us uniquely suited to develop this game-based training system for psychological health education.

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