Promoting tech transfer between space and global mental health

Chang, Donald D., Storch, Eric A., Black, Lance, Berk, Michael, Pellis, Neal, Lavretsky, Helen, Sutton, Jeffrey, Ternes, Kylie, Shepanek, Marc, Smith, Erin, Abbott, Ryan and Eyre, Harris A. 2020, Promoting tech transfer between space and global mental health, Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, vol. 91, no. 9, pp. 737-745, doi: 10.3357/AMHP.5589.2020.

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Title Promoting tech transfer between space and global mental health
Author(s) Chang, Donald D.
Storch, Eric A.
Black, Lance
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Pellis, Neal
Lavretsky, Helen
Sutton, Jeffrey
Ternes, Kylie
Shepanek, Marc
Smith, Erin
Abbott, Ryan
Eyre, Harris A.
Journal name Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Volume number 91
Issue number 9
Start page 737
End page 745
Total pages 9
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2020-09-01
ISSN 2375-6314
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Research & Experimental Medicine
mental health
space medicine
Summary INTRODUCTION: Numerous issues in mental health benefit from technological innovation. An example involves the mental health challenges of long-duration spaceflight (such as a Mars mission), including prolonged confinement, microgravity, and different sunlight exposure lengths. Persisting on Earth are global mental health challenges stemming from disease burdens, limited interview-based diagnostic systems, trial-and-error treatment approaches, and suboptimal access. There is potential for cross-pollinating solutions between these seemingly disparate challenges using a range of emerging technologies such as sensors, omics, and big data. In this review, we highlight the bidirectional value of mental health technology transfer aimed to address issues both on Earth and in space.METHODS: We prepared a systematic review of studies pertaining to mental health technological innovation and space medicine.RESULTS: For Earth mental health technologies translatable to long-duration space missions, we cite several example technologies, including device-based psychotherapy and social support, conversational agents aka chatbots, and nutritional and physical activity focused mental health. Space technologies translatable to Earth mental health include remote sensing devices, global navigation satellite systems, satellite communications, chronotherapies, and nutritional advances.DISCUSSION: There is a rich history of space technologies informing Earth technological trends, including general health care on Earth, and vice versa. To avoid the traditional happenstance approach that results in delays, missed opportunities, and increased cost, and to improve outcomes for both Earth and space utilization of these technologies, we propose increased dialogue and training opportunities to enhance innovation and outcomes.Chang DD, Storch EA, Black L, Berk M, Pellis N, Lavretsky H, Sutton J, Ternes K, Shepanek M, Smith E, Abbott R, Eyre HA. Promoting tech transfer between space and global mental health. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2020; 91(9):737745.
Language eng
DOI 10.3357/AMHP.5589.2020
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Field of Research 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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