Information, Child Mental Health and Society (2014-2015)

Imagine a world where we understand how to detect mental health and developmental problems in early childhood so that we can intervene early in life and prevent future suffering and impairment.

This project team contributed to an important collaboration among researchers at Duke University and Duke Medical Center that was launched in October 2015 as an Apple ResearchKit app called Autism & Beyond. The free app invites parents and young children to take part in a study. First, the child watches four short videos while the iPhone camera records the child’s reactions. Next, the parent is asked to complete short surveys. Finally, the parent can upload the whole recording or just the face features. The app is intended not to diagnose but to test the reliability of smartphone questionnaires and video analysis of facial expressions as a possible screening tool for autism and other developmental disorders. The team has been working with colleagues in China to roll out a Mandarin version.

Timing

2014-2015

Team Outcomes

Autism & Beyond

Information, Child Mental Health and Society (poster)

Videos

Apple video featuring the project

“Autism & Beyond” Apple App: From the Creators

“Autism & Beyond” App Example

Risk Assessment for Autism in Young Children

About the Autism & Beyond Study

Autism & Beyond - DIHI ResearchKit Project

Duke Duets: Autism Research

This Team in the News

Autism App Team Wins Cultural Diversity Award

The App That Looks for Autism (p. 100)

The Innovators

Duke Researchers Developing App to Screen for Autism

Putting Big Data to Work in Autism Diagnosis

Working Together to Change the Lives of Children and Families

Jordan Hashemi: My Bass Connections Pathway

Big Data and...the Arts?

Duke Launches Autism Research App

Could This iPhone App Transform How We Diagnose Autism?

Apple’s Latest ResarchKit Apps Are Taking on Autism and Epilepsy 

Apple Announces New ResearchKit Studies for Autism, Epilepsy & Melanoma

Apple Partners with Hospitals for New ResearchKit Studies on Autism, Epilepsy, Melanoma

New Research Apps Use iPhone and Apple Watch to Track Autism, Epilepsy and Melanoma

ResearchKit Collaboration Showcases Duke Teamwork and Speed

Apple to Harness iPhone Data for Autism, Epilepsy and Melanoma Studies

Can an App Help Detect Autism?

Employees Honored with Teamwork, Diversity Awards

Autism Research App Developed

Chasing the Next Autism Breakthrough

Event Brief: Big Insights into Little People

See earlier related team, Information, Child Mental Health and Society (2013-2014).

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Helen Egger, Center for Child & Family Policy*
Guillermo Sapiro, Pratt School - Electrical & Computer Engineering*

Graduate Team Members

Jordan Hashemi, Electrical/Computer Engg-PHD

Undergraduate Team Members

Edward Kim
Meghan Scanlon, Statistical Science (BS)
Rosa Yang, Biology (BS)

Community Team Members

Apple

* denotes team leader

Status

Completed, Archived