A portable psychological resiliency program
Strengthening Health and Improving Emotional Defenses (SHIELD)
SHIELD is a comprehensive and portable psychological resiliency program based on the latest evidence-based strategies from psychological skills training, stress management strategies, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Psychological stress experienced by Marines has a profound impact on health and performance. In addition to affecting Marines, it also impacts job performance and interactions with family and peers. Charles River Analytics is developing SHIELD to train Marines in developing psychological fitness, and promoting healthy responses to adverse and stressful events.
“While the benefits of psychological skills training and stress management strategies are clear, one significant challenge is how to deliver these benefits to Marines. We are developing a program in SHIELD that will improve Marines’ ability to flexibly adapt and cope with stressors and avoid the negative consequences associated with increased adversity. The SHIELD program will be delivered through a mobile application designed to build a composite of individual needs and guide personalized training objectives.”
Dr. Seth Elkin-Frankston,
Scientist at Charles River Analytics
Charles River is building on its expertise in psychological skills training, mobile platform development, data fusion, and biosensor technologies, as well as its familiarity with Marine Corps training, to build the SHIELD program. SHIELD aims to improve Marines’ ability to flexibly adapt and cope with stressors and avoid the negative consequences associated with increased adversity.
SHIELD is Charles River’s latest in a range of healthcare support and training efforts, reflecting its commitment to engineering focused on improving the lives of Warfighters and Veterans. Other efforts include medical skills training, therapeutic applications, decision aids, and sensors and sensing technology.
This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Naval Research under Contract No N68335-17-C-0084. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research.