Task Asynchronous Behavioral Health Treatment Techniques (Completed)
Last Published:  07/29/22 01:33:24 PM (Central)
Short Title: Asynchronous BH Treatment Techniques
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
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This task will be a research study to determine the acceptability and feasibility of methods for delivering behavioral health care without synchronous communication between the patient and behavioral health care provider in environments such as exploration missions.

This project has five specific aims:

1. Survey and understand the current status of behavioral health techniques used in spaceflight by examining the literature and interviewing behavioral health clinicians at NASA-JSC and other subject matter experts.

2. Conduct a systematic review of the literature on behavioral health techniques that do not require real-time communication (e.g., computer-guided therapy) which can be utilized in an asynchronous communication environment (e.g., exploration class missions) and compare them to traditional in-person delivered therapy.

3. Based in part on the information derived from the first two aims, we will select asynchronous behavioral health techniques and evaluate their feasibility, acceptability and efficacy in comparison to traditional in-person delivered treatment in an RCT with a sample of high functioning, healthy individuals at UCLA who report symptomatology of a behavioral health condition relevant to space operations (e.g., stress, fatigue/sleep disturbance, mood disturbance, or conflict).

4. Develop a set of best practice guidelines for behavioral health support at NASA with relevance to exploration class missions where real-time communication may be unavailable.

5. Prepare a manuscript addressing the project’s findings for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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