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Data Science 2019 Summer Colloquium Series: Kimberly Van Orden

Aging & Engaging: Development of a Web-based Communication Coach for Older Adults

This talk is a featured presentation of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) on Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.

Lunch is sponsored by the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Please register to ensure we order enough food for everyone.

Abstract: The United Nations estimates there are now 700 million people aged 60 years and over. By 2050 that figure will rise to over 2 billion. A key contributor to healthy aging is high quality social relationships. Dr. Van Orden will describe the development of a web-based affective computing intervention that aims to help older adults remain on a healthy aging trajectory by empowering them to take action to improve their communication skills and thereby improve social relationships. The Aging & Engaging Program (AEP) was developed by a team of computer scientists and geropsychologists at UR; it provides older adults automated feedback on four communication skills—eye contact, voice volume, smiling, and negative speech content. Results from two pilot studies, including a small randomized trial in which participants completed the intervention in their home over eight sessions, will be presented, including discussion of practical challenges and a demonstration of the program.

Bio: Kimberly Van Orden is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of the HOPE Lab (Helping Older People Engage). Her lab conducts randomized controlled trials of suicide prevention interventions to promote social engagement and healthy aging. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim mentors students and fellows, co-directs an NIH-funded research fellowship in suicide prevention, and maintains an active clinical practice providing evidence-based psychotherapy. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wegmans Hall, Auditorium 1400
250 Hutchison Rd, Rochester, NY 14620

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DEBORAH PULLEY left a positive review Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fantastic! Very interesting and understandable by all.

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