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Our lab's mission is to develop advanced technology for the care of neuropsychiatric illness. For the five years we have focused on teaching computers to understand what neuropsychiatric patients and caregivers say. Recently we have begun to integrate genetics, language, voice and facial features for identifying epilepsy surgery candidates, depression, anxiety and suicide.
We also feel responsible to make sure our innovations are disseminated. Here we teach, mentor, publish or collaborate with our commercial partners.
Our epilepsy studies are focused on building computer systems that will be used by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Colorado Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to understand the quality of epilepsy care. We've also developed methods for predicting neurosurgery for epileptic patients. Learn more about our epilepsy related research.
The goal of our suicide research is to develop a system that will identify suicidal adolescents. Here we're trying to combine the linguistic, acoustic, and visual queues that will help a clinician decide if an adolescent will attempt suicide. Learn more about our suicide related research.
John P. Pestian, PhD, MBA
Read the Cincinnati Magazine article "Last Words".
Read the USA Today article “Researchers Out to Save Living with Suicide Notes”.
Read the Research Horizons article “The Language of Suicide”.
Listen to the interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation titled “Analyzing the Language of Suicide Notes to Help Save Lives”.
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