Many congratulations to Mike Tanana for defending his dissertation at 2pm today. Mike presented the paper Leveraging Machine Learning to Support the Development of Basic Counseling Skills. Good luck with those final edits!
Today, we published the primary paper from our ongoing work with USC, and UW demonstrating the feasibility of automatically evaluating the quality of therapist empathy in psychotherapy (here's the link to the paper in Plos One).
Here are links to an article in the L.A. Times, a story on phys.org, and a press release from UW that talks about the paper and our collaborative work with USC, and UW. Side note the L.A Times piece mistakenly states that MI isn't well researched (which is very,very incorrect), and also doesn't mention that the paper was co-led by folks here in Utah (and funded partly by a grant based here at UU). I guess this is what people talk about re: the slings and arrows of news media and science.
Update: Here's another article in the Washington Post, and another in Neuroscience News.
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