THE MCCASLIN AND SIMON TEAM FOCUSES ON UNDERSTANDING RISK AND RESILIENCE FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS AND RELATED CONDITIONS. They aim to DESIGN and modify NOVEL TOOLS THAT PROMOTE AND ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE. 

BACKGROUND Information

  • It is not uncommon for former service members to have difficulty finding a sense of meaning and purpose outside of the military where they were used to putting others and the country before themselves.

  • Participation in volunteer opportunities (e.g., helping others) has been associated with increased well-being and decreased depression among retired service members.

  • Research has shown that social connection is crucial for functioning and quality of life in depression and PTSD.

THE PROJECT

Project Meaning looks to design a mobile app which will match veterans with volunteer opportunities that are aligned to their personal interests.

Additionally, the app will also allow the user to connect with other veterans interested in the same opportunity.  The secondary stage of this project will involve conducting a pilot study of the app focused on assessing feasibility, acceptability, engagement in service opportunities, and impact of engagement in service opportunities on well-being.  Students would be involved in the designing and programming of the site as well as usability testing.

The project timeline has been broken down into the following milestones:

1.    Conceptualization and Design UI/UX

2.   Develop working prototype with local opportunities

3.   Dashboard development for partners with volunteer opportunities to enter and track their opportunities

4.   Test usability with a panel of veterans

5.   Make appropriate modifications based on veteran feedback

6.   Conduct an initial pilot study to test app feasibility and acceptability for veterans

Technical Skills

We are looking for student with experience in or willingness to learn the following:

  • UI/UX Design skills/experience

  • Ability to program the app dashboard

  • Data management and analysis skills/experience

  • Front and back end development skills/experience