Engineering Psychiatry Research Program (EPRP)

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OVERVIEW:  The Department of Psychiatry and its Mental Health Tech Center formed an initiative in Fall 2017 to increase research collaborations between psychiatry and engineering. Psychiatry Faculty have created projects that attempt to problem solve an unmet challenge in the clinic or in research. The goal is to address the topic through an engineering solution. Students who are interested in this program can review the list of available projects and their descriptions below. The Engineering Psychiatry Research Program (EPRP) Fellowship is an unpaid research opportunity for ECE undergraduate and graduate students. Students selected by faculty members will have the opportunity to observe and participate 10hr/week in Spring 2021 and 40hr/week in Summer 2021 in the activities of a research group under the supervision of the PI or a member of his/her lab group. Internships will be awarded based on the candidate's overall academic achievement and research interest. Research interns will have the option to enroll in 2-4 units of ECE 199/299 in Spring 2021.

BACKGROUND:  UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering has world renowned faculty and resources in engineering, with several thousand students participating in several different courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  As part of their coursework, these students could lend their talents to creating solutions to problems psychiatry faculty and trainees face in clinical care and in research.  Potential solutions might involve novel devices, diagnostic tools, software, new ways of analyzing data such as through machine learning, robotics, and many others.  It is our hope that, by linking students with identified problems and potential mentors in psychiatry, this effort will generate novel collaborations that could form the basis of new research projects, grant proposals, intellectual property and/or start up companies.  

The timeline for the program is as follows:

· November 5, 2020:  Program announcement. Projects solicited from faculty.

· November 20, 2020:  Project proposals DUE from faculty

· November 25, 2020: Projects posted on website. Intern application opens.

· December 9, 2020: Intern application DUE at 11:59PM

· December 14, 2020: Intern application/information sent to faculty

· Mid December to Early January 2021:  Faculty interviews applicants.

· January 25, 2021:  Faculty select students

· Early February 2021 (February 1st - 8th):  All applicants notified of application status by the faculty members.

· Spring 2021:  Students work 10hr/week in the faculty lab and enroll in 2-4 units of ECE 199/299 research credit courses and start working on projects.

· Summer 2021:  Students work full time in faculty lab.

The Spring/Summer 2021 application is now OPEN. This year, the EPRP application will share the same application form as the SRIP application. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. 

 If you have any questions, please contact SRIP/EPRP Coordinator, Juliette Nguyen at




Balasubramani, Pragathi

1.  Understanding the relationship between simultaneously recorded electro gastrogram signals and electro encephalogram signals during cognitive activities.

2.  Understanding how the neural activities vary between cognitive tasks for a person

Depp, Colin

1.  Applying network analyses to understand regulation of emotion and cognition

Ettenhofer, Mark

1. Eye tracking in VR for diagnosis of neurological conditions

2.  Computer vision for analysis of eye movements and pupil response in individuals with brain injuries

3.  Multi-modal physiological signal processing for assessment of human performance after brain injury

Eyler, Lisa T

1. Facilitating Expansion of the Global Aging and Geriatrics Experiments in Bipolar Disorder Database: Semi-automated Intake of Archival Clinical Datasets

Guido K.W. Frank, MD; Mateusz Gola, PhD

1.  Developing Virtually Reality to Treat and Understand the Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa

Harinath Garudadri (QI) & Eric Granholm (SoM), Colin Depp (SoM)

1.  Psi-Fi Oral Interactions

2.  Psi-Fi Physical Activity Monitoring

3.  Psi-Fi Contextual Ecological Momentary Assessment






Alison Moore

 1.   Voice Assistant for Alcohol and Medication Risks

Andre Der-Avakian

 1.  Alcohol drinking monitor for rodents

2.  Headmount for securing EEG recording hardware on rodents

Camille Nebeker

 1.   Technologies for Older Adults

Colin Depp

 1.  Examining cognition and mobility in aging with machine learning

Eric Granholm

 1.  Automated Therapy Fidelty

2.  Pupillometry using RGB Cameras

Janis Jenkins

 1.  Socioemotional Wellbeing and Mobile Application Technology among Adolescents (SWAMATA)

Jessica Bomyea

 1.   Developing an ability-responsive, mobile cognitive training interface for individuals with affective symptoms

Mark Ettenhofer

 1.  Eye tracking in VR for diagnosis of neurological conditions

Neal R. Swerdlow

 1.  Acute effects of NMDA receptor antagonist, memantine, on auditory learning and neurophysiologic biomarkers in schizophrenia

Pragathi Priyadharsini Balasubramani

1.  Developing real time closed loop cognitive brain computer interfaces

2.  Understanding brain signatures of reward and sensory / cognitive expectation

Raeanne Moore

1.  How does lifespace relate to physical, mental and cognitive health?






                                                                  PROJECT TITLE

Bloss, Cinnamon

 1.   Impact of Privacy Environments for Personal Health Data on Patients

Depp, Colin

 1.  Integrating Signals from On-Body and External Sensors to Predict Cognitive Aging

Ettenhofer, Mark

 1.   Eye Tracking and Virtual Reality for Traumatic Brain Injury

2.  Eye Tracking and Virtual Reality for Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Granholm, Eric

 1.  Automated psychotherapy fidelity rating

Kaufman, Chris

 1.  A smartphone app to monitor sleep in older adults

Mausbach, Brent

 1.  Caregiver Project

Mishra, Jyoti

 1.   Designing Haptic Feedback Control for Brain States

Moore, Alison

 1.  Online screening and brief intervention for seniors with alcohol problems

2.  Identifying alcohol medication risks

Moore, Raeanne

 1.  Google Assistant for Cognitive Rehabilitation

Ramanathan, Dhakshin 

1.  Development/optimization of automatic rodent behavioral box

Van Patten, Ryan

1.  Leveraging Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for Big Data Investigations of Cognition in At-Risk Populations





                                                                  PROJECT TITLE

Bagot, Kara

 1.   A Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Cannabis Use

Granholm, Eric

 1.  Automated voice recognition therapy and symptom ratings in schizophrenia

 2.  Smartphone pupil dilation measurement to detect Alzheimer's disease

Jenkins, Janis

 1.   Mobile Health Technology for Middle School Students

Marcotte, Thomas

 1.  Tracking eye movements during acute cannabis use

 2.  Detecting THC and other cannabinoids using non-invasive biosensors

McEwen, Sarah

 1.  Movement based cognitive training

 2.  Simultaneous exercise and memory training for MCI patients

Mishra, Jyoti

 1.  Performance evaluations of real-time processing system for electrophysiological and behavioral signals

Moore, Raeanne

 1.  Mobile intervention to optimize social engagements

 2.  Alexia for Cognitive Rehabilitation

Owens, Robert

 1.  Actigraphy in the Intensive Care Unit

 2.  Freshmen Sleep and Health (FRoSH) Study

Twamley, Elizabeth

 1.  CogSMART app