Remote Exercises for Learning Anger and Excitation Management (RELAX)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: O112-H13-3097
Amount: $149,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H13
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Niehaus
 Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 jniehaus@cra.com
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: mfelix@cra.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Post-deployment psychological health issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and comorbid stress and anger management disorders are experienced by substantial numbers of our past and returning Veterans. Fortunately, a number of proven, evidence-based treatments have been developed to help Veterans with these issues. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one such treatment that has been shown to be effective for PTSD, stress, and anger management in a range of populations. Although treatment options are offered at many Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), practical issues such as availability and location prevent many Veterans from taking full advantage of these options. To address these needs, we propose to design and demonstrate Remote Exercises for Learning Anger and Excitation Management (RELAX) a remote, technology-enabled, anger treatment and management system based on current evidence-based CBT interventions. RELAX (1) enables the practice of anger management strategies remotely through mobile phone interfaces; (2) integrates with evidence-based treatments through the implementation of an existing CBT anger management course; (3) provides information, direction, and feedback through physiological sensors and signal analysis; and (4) supports communication and direction by the therapist through a web-based therapist interface.

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