Dr. Samir Chatterjee Led Team Receives BLAIS Challenge Grant

Published on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

SISAT Professor Samir Chatterjee, leading a group of professors and students that includes CGU, Pomona College, Loma Linda University and the LLU-VA, has received a funding award from the BLAIS Challenge grant competition for their project Stress-Erase Game: A Persuasive Technology Application for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The project aims to address a major problem facing our returning veterans: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “After a trauma or life threatening event, it is common to have upsetting memories of what happened,” Dr. Chatterjee explained, “to have trouble sleeping, to feel jumpy, or to lose interest in things previously enjoyed. For some people these reactions do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time”. The symptoms Dr. Chatterjee describes are indicative of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is affecting a significant proportion of returning veterans.  Upon returning home, veterans suffering form PTSD can become very angry or aggressive, engage in intimate partner violence and/or aggression against their children, and often become suicidal.


In this project, Dr. Chatterjee and the team will conduct focus groups with a set of Iraq war veterans to gather data on their PTSD symptoms and issues they are facing as they settle back into civilian life. This research is being conducted to aid in the design and development of real-time, bio-feedback gaming software that will be used to assist the veterans during treatment at the VA. The funds provided by the grant will allow for prototype testing and evaluation.