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: O2-1318
Amount: $999,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H13
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02138-4555
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Niehaus
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
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 service members. Fortunately, a number of proven, evidence-based treatments have been developed to help these communities with these issues. Although treatment options are offered at many Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) and Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs), practical issues such as availability and location prevent many service members from taking full advantage of these options. In our Phase I effort, we designed and demonstrated Remote Exercises for Learning Anger and Excitation Management (RELAX) a remote, technology-enabled, anger treatment and management system based on current evidence-based Cognitive-behavioral therapy (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 (4) supports communication and direction by the therapist through a web-based therapist interface. Based on our Phase I success, we recommend a Phase II effort focused on developing and experimentally evaluating a full-scope RELAX system.

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