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The UW ALACRITY Center is an incubator for new research and bold thinking in mental health. If you’re an academic who has a big idea, and you’d like to be considered for funding and support from our team, please fill out and submit a Request for Proposal (RFP).


Indication of Interest Deadline: May 14, 2024
Application Deadline: June 20, 2024
Funding Announcements:
 September 16, 2024
Project Start Date:
 October 1, 2024


Our diverse team and unique methodology can provide you and your team with a wealth of resources, support, experience, and expertise. From data collection tools to grant writing support, design consultation, project management, and more. The UW ALACRITY Center can support you in bringing your ideas to life.


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Appendix A:  UWAC R03 RFA_Appendix A.pdf

Appendix B:  UWAC R03 RFA_Appendix B.pdf

Appendix C:  UWAC R03 RFA_Appendix C.pdf

Appendix D:  UWAC R03 RFA_Appendix D.pdf

References:  UWAC R03 RFA_References.pdf

DESIGNING AN INTELLIGENT TUTORING SYSTEM (ITS): A tool to support the training of mental health providers in core psychotherapy competencies

Each year, millions of Americans with mental illness struggle to find care. Nearly half of the 60 million adults and children living with mental health conditions in the United States go without any treatment. This short presentation, initially given at the 2021 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care by Emily Friedman, outlines our design process for creating an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) that would supplement in-person learning of mental health professionals and improve competency in essential skills while being cost-effective and scalable. The pilot is also discussed as well, which was very promising.

How Mental Health Apps Do (or Don’t) Support Some of COVID-19’s Most Vulnerable Populations

The emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on everyone and has greatly intensified the need for accessible mental healthcare.  The UW ALACRITY Center was given a grant by the US National Institute for Mental Health to study the acceptability, usability, and effectiveness of mental health apps for suicide prevention among essential workers and people experiencing unemployment during COVID-19, because these two populations have experienced significant hardship during this crisis. 

Learn more about this project in the article, “How Mental Health Apps Do (or Don’t) Support Some of COVID-19’s Most Vulnerable Populations” by Emily Friedman our User Research & Design Lead, published in User Experience Magazine.