Assessment and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in a Digital World


  • Richard Laugharne (University of Plymouth)
  • Prof Rohit Shankar (University of Plymouth)
  • Christopher James (University of Warwick)
  • Mohsen Farid (University of Derby)
  • Anirban Dutta (University of Lincoln)
  • Phil Tittensor (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust)


Funded: £32,667 over 12 months.  

The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is 2-5% of the population globally. The long-term aim of this research is to increase accessibility of care by developing a digital tool to help people suffering from PTSD in areas of the world who have little access to clinicians.   

This project addresses what are the neurophysiological properties of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) identified in its effectiveness as a treatment of PTSD and examines if these neurophysiological properties can be translated into a digital treatment. It will develop a digital tool to help people suffering from PTSD access effective, personalised, holistic help with a smartphone or computer when clinical services are not accessible. The tool will create a virtual peer-support community and will use smartphone and wearables data to monitor progress. 


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