1. Designing for resilience with unaccompanied migrant youth.   

Franziska Tachtler, Host: TUW, Partners: MUW [ongoing], AF [Secondment 6 months]
Franziska will gain an in-depth understanding of the lived experience, needs and opportunities for prevention programs delivery for unaccompanied migrant youths in Austria through an ethnographic study of their contexts, the role of technology, and how they might be engaged with prevention strategies. In parallel, Franziska will spend time shadowing the clinicians to understand how they engage with youth already accessing services for auto-aggressive behaviours.  Franziska will then gain a detailed theoretical understanding of approaches to supporting resilience with a view to how these can be translated into technology-enabled support.  Franziska will iteratively instantiate a framework and set of design implications for technology development: how technologies can be used to deliver (and, if needed, re-interpret) existing evidence-based strategies around resilience and positive coping strategies for this high-risk user group

2. Prevention and emotional support in complex comorbid cases involving acquired brain injury.

Aris Malapaschas, Host: UoG, Partners: AF [Secondment 3 months]
This project will deliver technology-enabled support tools that help people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) better manage their day-today lives but crucially also provide appropriate emotional support. Aris will carry out interviews and focus groups with people with ABI, carers and clinicians to get a full understanding their need for physical, cognitive and emotional support. Aris will gain experience of a integrated mental health treatment centre, including access to wide ranging expertise in mental health theory and clinical practice. Aris will then iteratively design smartphone apps aimed at supporting identified needs and improving independence. Aris will develop an app and evaluate it through ‘in the wild’ studies with people with ABI – again facilitated through ongoing collaborations with groups such as BIRT and Headway. Finally, Aris will prepare detailed findings and guidelines for supporting emotional wellbeing in complex comorbid conditions.

3. A community-led and co-produced intervention to support and promote resilience in schools and services. 

Bettina Moltrecht, Host: AF, Partners: IC [Secondment 6 months], UCL [on-going]
This IRP responds to calls for positive conceptions of mental well-being and interventions to support and promote resilience in young people. Building on previous research by AFC, Bettina will develop an integrated framework and detailed guidelines for the delivery of resilience based interventions at a large scale, focusing on school and community settings. Bettina will follow community-led and co-production methodology involving a gender balance of young people, parents and practice-based professionals in all stages of an iterative design, development and evaluation process.  Bettina will also contact and set up a group of gender-balanced representatives of the local community. Bettina will undertake a non-consecutive intersectoral secondment to gain experience of mobile app development. Bettina will conduct a wait-list control feasibility trial and intervention phase to collect the necessary parameters to adequately plan and calculate the required sample size for a full prospective cluster controlled trial of the new technology-enabled resilience programme. 

4. Developing an inclusive technological toolkit to support prevention approaches.  

Toni Michel, Host: TUW, Partners: MUW [Ongoing], UG [Secondment 4 months], RO [Secondment 3 months]
This project will develop an inclusive technological toolkit for delivery of prevention programs. The key challenge is to take advantage of multimodal, multimedia, sensing and tracking functionalities inherent in modern mobile devices to re-interpret existing strategies for preventive interventions, e.g. to support non-verbal approaches. Ultimately, this IRP will provide a scalable solution that is widely deployable across user groups and contexts. Toni will review inclusive technologies and their potential in this space and will gain expertise on multimodal HCI systems development, to understand the limitations and opportunities of current interactive technology, with a special emphasis on non-language based approaches. Toni will gain an understanding of the key large-scale delivery of prevention programmes, including moderation techniques used.  Toni will develop a prototype inclusive toolkit which will be field tested with culturally diverse Austrian migrant youth in a proof-of-concept trial.

Our Network Partners

  • University College Dublin

  • Denmark Technical University

  • Technical University Vienna

  • Medical University Vienna

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

  • University of Glasgow

  • Region H Psychiatry

  • Telefonica Alpha