Engineering Psychiatry Research Program (EPRP)

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OVERVIEW: The Department of Psychiatry and its Mental Health Tech Center formed an initiative in Fall 2017 to increase research collaborations between psychiatry and engineering. Psychiatry Faculty have created projects that attempt to problem solve an unmet challenge in the clinic or in research. The goal is to address the topic through an engineering solution. Students who are interested in this program can review the list of available projects and their descriptions below. The Engineering Psychiatry Research Program (EPRP) Fellowship is an unpaid research opportunity for ECE undergraduate and graduate students. Students selected by faculty members will have the opportunity to observe and participate 10hr/week in Spring 2022 and 40hr/week in Summer 2022 in the activities of a research group under the supervision of the PI or a member of his/her lab group. Internships will be awarded based on the candidate's overall academic achievement and research interest. Research interns will have the option to enroll in 2-4 units of ECE 199/299 in Spring 2022.

BACKGROUND: UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering has world renowned faculty and resources in engineering, with several thousand students participating in several different courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. As part of their coursework, these students could lend their talents to creating solutions to problems psychiatry faculty and trainees face in clinical care and in research. Potential solutions might involve novel devices, diagnostic tools, software, new ways of analyzing data such as through machine learning, robotics, and many others. It is our hope that, by linking students with identified problems and potential mentors in psychiatry, this effort will generate novel collaborations that could form the basis of new research projects, grant proposals, intellectual property and/or start up companies.  

The timeline for the program is as follows:

· December 3, 2021: Program announcement. Projects solicited from faculty.

· December 17, 2021: Project proposals DUE from faculty.

· December 20, 2021: Projects posted on website. Intern application opens.

· January 7, 2022: Intern application DUE at 11:59PM.

· January 11, 2022: Intern application/information sent to faculty.

· Mid January: Faculty interviews applicants.

· January 31, 2022: Deadline for faculty select students.

· Early February 2022: All applicants notified of application status by the faculty members.

· Spring 2022: Students work 10hr/week in the faculty lab and enroll in 4 units of ECE 199/299 research credit courses and start working on projects.

· Summer 2022: Students work full time in the faculty lab.

The Spring/Summer 2021 application is now OPEN. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, January 7th, 2022.

 If you have any questions, please contact SRIP Coordinator, Jade Moneda at




Balasubramani, Pragathi

1. Understanding the relationship between simultaneously recorded electro gastrogram signals and electroencephalogram signals during cognitive activities.

2. Understanding how the neural activities vary between cognitive tasks for a person

Depp, Colin

1. Applying network analyses to understand regulation of emotion and cognition

Der-Avakian, Andre

1. Developing a wireless EEG recording system for rodents

Ettenhofer, Mark

1. Eye tracking in VR for diagnosis of neurological conditions

2. Computer vision for analysis of eye movements and pupil response in individuals with brain injuries

3. Multi-modal physiological signal processing for assessment of human performance after brain injury

Eyler, Lisa T

1. Facilitating Expansion of the Global Aging and Geriatrics Experiments in Bipolar Disorder Database: Semi-automated Intake of Archival Clinical Datasets

Guido K.W. Frank, MD; Mateusz Gola, PhD

1. Developing Virtually Reality to Treat and Understand the Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa

Harinath Garudadri (QI) & Eric Granholm (SoM), Colin Depp (SoM)

1. Psi-Fi Oral Interactions

2. Psi-Fi Physical Activity Monitoring

3. Psi-Fi Contextual Ecological Momentary Assessment


Previous EPRP Projects