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September 30th 2013:Computer-guided Behavioral Healthcare: From NASA to Earth

Behavioral health problems cause human suffering, result in lost productivity, drive up costs of care and worsen outcomes. Although effective treatments for mental health disorders exist, many people do not receive them due to cost, access to trained clinicians, logistics, and the stigma of asking for help. NASA faces similar barriers to delivering behavioral health interventions to astronauts flying long-duration space missions. A suite of interactive media programs has been developed to help astronauts prevent, assess, and treat their own psychosocial problems. The “Virtual Space Statio

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Dr. Jim Cartreine

Dr. Jim Cartreine is an interactive media and video producer and a licensed clinical psychologist. He has developed software for NASA to assist astronauts to manage the stresses of long-duration space missions. , Dr. Cartreine is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and practices psychotherapy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His overriding career aim has been to develop computer-guided treatments for behavioral health and interpersonal problems, to overcome barriers to accessing care. Dr. Cartreine has also led the development of an interactive media program to manage chronic stress and co-developed programs to teach HIV prevention counseling and to help cancer patients manage
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