Adam Grabell, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, has joined the 2019-20 class of Family Research Scholars established by The Center for Research on Families (CRF). Each academic year six UMass Amherst faculty members are selected to participate in the program based on their promising work in family-related research. They participate in an intensive year-long seminar that provides concrete skills for successful grant submission, peer and faculty feedback on their developing proposals, individualized methodology consultation with CRF faculty, and renowned experts and guidance on funding sources. The current group is the 16th cohort in the program's history.
Grabell’s study will test whether data collected from wearable and contactless devices can be used to detect child tantrums that indicate risk for mental disorder and predict the onset of a tantrum before it occurs in real time. The proposed study has the potential to move the field toward a future of artificial intelligence-assisted, home-based, early mental health detection and treatment.