Research in Action

Taction is a simple exposure therapy game for children who may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or anxiety-related issues. Designed at the Child Mind Institute as a collaboration between our research team and clinical experts, it has the potential to significantly improve researchers’ and clinicians’ understanding of OCD and anxiety disorders through data collection that users can easily integrate into their daily lives.

We at the CMI MATTER Lab are creating a suite of mobile apps in partnership with clinical colleagues at the Child Mind Institute (CMI) and Child Mind Medical Practice (CMMP), who are interested in rigorously evaluating such apps to extend therapy to the home. The apps are digital renditions of therapies conducted at the CMMP. Since there are many barriers to coming to the clinic (time, distance, stigma, etc.), an app could provide a means of monitoring behaviors associated with, for example, OCD, between clinic visits, such as reassurance seeking, checking and tapping.

The MATTER Lab persues research in apps, wearable devices and other practical, patient focused technologies. Find out more on our website.

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