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The CAPS Strategic Plan aligns with RIT’s Strategic Plan of “Greatness through Difference.” The following goals emerge when these initiatives and programs are framed within the “Discovery,” “Opportunity,” and “Learning” categories of RIT’s Strategic Plan.

  • Discovery: Global Health Research. Using interactive media platforms founded on evidence-based clinical principles, RIT’s MAGIC Center, and collaboration with international partners, CAPS innovates games, treatment, and descriptive data projects that allow children and families to learn and practice autonomic and emotional self-regulation for stress reduction, parenting support and behavioral health. This is particularly pertinent for children in the midst of humanitarian disasters and displacement, and as immunization against undue influence. This open-source, multi-platform software builds upon the e-NABLE concept, the maker movement and the wellness and strengths-based approach to health by creating a global community of users engaged in using physiological sensors for stress–awareness. By increasing global access to effective self-awareness and self-regulation strategies, this effort also builds on RIT’s Effective Access Technology brand as it applies to behavioral health.
  • Opportunity: Research Fellowships and International Travel. Stressing a more systemic understanding of health, CAPS provides a wide range of research and education projects that focus on (1) autonomic regulation in mental and behavioral health, (2) integration of sensing hardware and signal processing algorithms into interactive games and media and (3) creating accessible platforms for a global population of diverse abilities and cultures. These multidisciplinary and integrative approaches attract a diverse spectrum of students who are eager to both “think outside of the box” and make a difference in people’s lives.
  • Learning: Educational Innovations. Within the CHST, CAPS will provide curriculum components that build on an integrative understanding of health (see “What is Health?”) in undergraduate programs in biomedical science as well as part of graduate degree programs in psychology, nutrition and wellness. CAPS will initiate professional continuing education and certification in “Psychophysiological Care” for both mental health and medical professionals.