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BrainHealth Helps Mental Health Patients Develop Social Skills Using Virtual Coaching

Healthcare IT News

Bill Siwicki

The center created the Charisma Virtual Social Coaching platform. To date, 90% of participants have reported gains in recognizing and managing emotions. The center now is adding generative AI capabilities.


Addressing social skills development among individuals dealing with mental health conditions or neurodevelopmental disorders is a significant challenge for cognitive neuroscience researchers – but Charisma Virtual Social Coaching is adding generative AI capabilities to streamline and scale up their innovative approach to social skills coaching.Traditional approaches often fail to engage participants in building real-world skills to help guide effective social interactions and mitigate negative feelings often associated with social skills challenges. Through role-playing scenarios, interactive exercises and real-time feedback from both clinicians and their virtual counterparts, Charisma creates a supportive and realistic environment for practicing and mastering effective social skills.


"Drawing from principles of cognitive neuroscience and social information processing models, Charisma offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to target specific social skill deficits while fostering generalization and real-world application." – Maria Johnson, Director of Youth and Family Innovations
Difficulty navigating social situations can hinder an individual's overall well-being and quality of life. Especially for young people, these challenges can easily translate into academic and social barriers to success, impacting learning experiences and outcomes. Charisma's immersive virtual environments provide a safe, supportive space for individuals to practice identifying and regulating emotions in various social contexts.


"To enhance Charisma's reach and efficacy, we've embarked on a strategic partnership with AWS, focusing on the integration of generative AI technologies alongside our established success with pixel streaming. This collaboration is poised to transform the user experience and expand the platform's capabilities in unprecedented ways." – Aaron Tate, Director of Emerging Technology
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Maria Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Director, Youth and Family Innovations Lead Research Clinician and Trainer, Charisma Virtual Social Coaching

Aaron Tate

Director of Emerging Technology

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