AUS to Host Panel on Intersection Between Psychology and Technology

Curious about the newest ways psychology and technology intersect? AUS is hosting an event that explores these topics in depth, from multiple expert, contemporary perspectives.

“Can You Hear Me Now? Bridging the Gap Between Psychology and Technology” is happening Feb. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and while there is a small fee for people seeking MA/doctoral-level continuing education (CE) credits, tickets are free for everyone else. This event is open to the public

The panelists are luminaries in their respective fields, doing highly influential work in ways that make concrete, positive changes in the real world. Even if you haven’t seen their names before, you have likely encountered some culture that they have influenced.

For example, if you’ve been to PAX Prime, Seattle’s largest video game convention, held each Labor Day Weekend, you’ve likely benefited from panelist Raffael Boccamazzo’s work. He’s the clinical director for Take This Project, who supply the AFK (away from keyboard) rooms at conventions such as PAX. AFK rooms are staffed by psychotherapists (often from AUS) and provide a quiet, soothing space within the sometimes overwhelming convention environment, for people to engage in self-care. Even PAX attendees who don’t utilize the AFK rooms themselves still likely benefit indirectly from the rooms’ helpful influence on the convention culture.

Another panelist who provides mental health resources in a technologically-informed way is David Luxton, Chief Science Officer at NowMattersNow.org. He’s a clinical psychologist on the cutting edge of web-based suicide prevention resources, as well as a frequent consultant on the subjects of telehealth, technology and mental health, as well as artificial intelligence, and more! He teaches in the UW School of Medicine.

The third panelist for this event is James Riggall, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Bellevue College. Riggall also owns and operates Bitlink, a self-described “team of creative technologists based in Launceston, Tasmania,” who are “passionate about exploring new ways of interacting with technology, and using it to do good in the world.” Riggall’s background includes teaching augmented reality, virtual reality, interface design and video game design; all fields of technology that benefit from an understanding of human psychology. Moreover, one of Bitlink’s many programs for social good is their operation of “school outreach and holiday programs to help the next generation of innovators wrap their heads around creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship.”

All three panelists for this event bring unique, experienced voices to the discussion of technology and psychology. Tickets are going fast, so RSVP as soon as you can!

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