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?

The DCAPS 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, 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. Only researchers on this project will get to see your data.  Your data will be saved under a code name, so even when we look at your data, we 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.

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

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 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

Final Study

Evaluate the effectiveness of the tools.

When: February - July 2014
Duration: 3 - 4 months
Number of participants needed: 200 - 250 (male and female)
Compensation: $200+

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