Using avatar-based training to help university faculty support student veterans with issues related to post-deployment stress
To address this urgent need, an online training simulation is being used to train faculty and staff in over 50 U.S. colleges to address these specific student veteran needs. In the simulation, faculty engage in simulated role-play conversations with emotionally responsive veteran avatars and learn effective techniques for managing classroom discussions around topics that may be sensitive to veterans, and best practices for connecting veterans exhibiting signs of psychological distress with the support services.
The presentation will include a demo of the simulation and data from a longitudinal study examining its efficacy. Results showed significant and sustained increases in users' preparedness to recognize signs of psychological distress and discuss their concern with student veterans. Measures showed increases in the number of veterans identified, approached, and referred to mental and non-mental health services.
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Explain mental health challenges facing student veterans and how university faculty can learn to address their specific issue Demonstrate a virtual reality simulation used by over 50 colleges to train faculty how to support veterans Discuss results from a longitudinal study that examined the effectiveness of the simulation
Keywords: Mental Health, Veterans' Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Albright is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College and has received distinguished teaching awards at both Baruch and New York University. He is actively involved in publishing and presenting at numerous conferences addressing how game-based role-play training simulations can cost-effectively support public health initiatives designed to impact large numbers of people to bring about permanent changes in behavior in the areas of health, and behavioral health.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes
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|Kognito Interactive||Director of Applied Research||Co-founder|
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