The significant societal and economic impact of mental health conditions worldwide is well documented. With a growing awareness of mental health, the pressing need to streamline access to sustainable care services is now an imperative. Whereas digital technologies have, in principle, the potential to address these issues, a set of challenges that are more user-centred than technical in nature need to be overcome, as they represent the key obstacle in design and acceptance of technology advancement.
This project will fill a knowledge gap by elucidating key factors influencing user attitudes towards digital technology, with an emphasis on solutions enabled by machine learning, in relation to mental health care. It will lay the foundations for an ambitious long-term programme of user engagement and technology development to the benefit of patients and care professionals.
The successful candidate will take responsibility for design, planning, execution, and evaluation of a range of activities with end users (general public, patients, and care professionals, as appropriate). The selected candidate will play a key role in understanding opportunities and barriers towards inclusive access to digitally-enhanced mental health care services.
The ideal candidate’s profile combines proficiency in state-of-the-art user-centred design processes with technical competency in relation to Artificial Intelligence, and machine learning in particular. A Masters’ degree is desired but not essential.
The successful candidate will work in the Brunel Design School and will be supervised by Dr Federico Colecchia, who specialises in emerging technologies and innovation at the intersection between technical development and user-centred design. They will have access to a broad network of relevant stakeholders and will benefit from a range of support services that Brunel University London offers to their Doctoral Researchers, including professional skills and career development support.
For informal enquiries about the research project, please email Federico.Colecchia@brunel.ac.uk.
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