What Is The Purpose Of This Study?

We are conducting a series of studies to test new tools for veterans and warfighters to monitor their own psychological health status more easily. Our role is to evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies.

Who Is Providing Funding For This Study?

This project is funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


Located within UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), has long contributed to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, vigorously encouraged the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and aggressively explored technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice. Our research and development serves government, military, medical, and pre-K through college-level education and training.

What Tools Are We Evaluating?

A smartphone application that analyzes your daily behavior patterns based on GPS/location
information, how much you are using your other apps, and how often you call or text people.
It will NOT know what you say or write.
A virtual human that is controlled by a computer program.
The virtual human carries on a conversation with the veteran or warfighter on topics
related to how they are doing.

Who Will See My Data?

The data will be saved in encrypted files. The only people who will get to see your data are researchers who are reviewed by a UCLA review board and approved by them to see you data. Your data will be saved under a code name, so even when anyone looks at your data, they won't know who you are. We will analyze the data and present a report to our sponsors and to other researchers that describes how well the different technologies worked. None of them will see data that can identify who you are.

Final Study - Currently Recruiting

Evaluate the effectiveness of the tools.

When: June – October 2014
Duration: 3 - 4 months
Number of participants needed: 150 - 200 (male and female)
Compensation: $200+

Pilot 3

A study to understand veteran use and technical data quality of the different tools (smartphone apps, websites, and virtual human).

When: July - August 2013
Duration: 2 onsite visits of around 90 minutes each and 1 month of data sharing
Number of participants needed: 35 - 40 (male and female)
Compensation: up to $150 for full participation
Study closed to new participants

Pilot 2

A study to inform our team on the feasibility of recruiting participants, the clinical assessment
process, understanding participants' experiences during the assessment process, as well as
getting participants' feedback regarding the assessment process.

When: December - March 2013
Duration: 4 hours
Number of participants needed: 30 - 40 (male and female)
Compensation: $150 Visa Gift Card
Study closed to new participants

Pilot 1

Focus groups to discuss issues around veteran experiences with technology,
including privacy and other usability concerns.

When: June - July 2012
Duration: 90 minutes (approximately) on a single day
Number of participants needed: 18 - 24 (male and female)
Compensation: $60 Visa Gift Card
Study closed to new participants
Currently Recruiting for the Final Study

For more information, please contact us at healveterans@cse.ucla.edu | (323) 379 - 4325