Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Major Professor

Steven Gilbert


Master of Science (MS)


Human Computer Interaction


This application is a portable toolkit for aggregating and storing references to or reminders to use tools and techniques chosen by the individual that are helpful in managing anxiety, and the depression that often accompanies.

Users will be able to import and/or record his/her favorite tools, putting them on a mobile phone in a particular order for use in case of an “anxiety attack.” The users for this application are individuals with high anxiety, clinically determined or not, and have a set of tools they use to manage anxiety. These tools may take the form of experience with EMDR, DBT, CBT, meditation, mantras, images, sounds, writings that soothe, breathing exercises, pranayama, visualizations, self-talk, mindfulness practices, and more, which may be used in conjunction with medications and therapy.

This application is a toolkit for aggregating, creating and storing references to, and/or reminders to use the portable tools determined by the individual to be helpful in managing anxiety, and often related depression (Schmidt et al, 1998). Each user will be able to import and/or record, order his/her favorite tools, for later expedient uses when she/he is away from home.

Being able to quickly access the various preferred tools by having them readily available could help with reinforcing their use as a training method. “…Extensive training of emergency procedures can make these a dominant habit, readily available to long-term memory when needed. Second, generic training of emergency stress management can focus both on guidelines, like inhibiting the tendency to respond immediately…and on techniques such as breathing control, to reduce the level of arousal to a more optimal value.” Such stress training has been validated to have some degree of success and to transfer from one stressor to another (Johnston & Cannon-Bowers, 1996, and Driskell et al., 2001, as cited in Wickens, 2003, p 333).

Wickens, C.D., Lee, J.D., Liu, Y., Gordon Becker, S.E. (2004). An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, Second Edition, p 50, p 146, p 149. p 407. New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall.

From Wickens et all above: Carroll, J. S. (1994). The organizational context for decision making in high-hazard industries. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (pp. 922-925). Santa Monica, CA:HFES.

Johnston, J.A., & Cannon-Bowers, J.A. (1996) Training for stress exposure. In J.E. Driskall & E. Salas (eds.) Stress and human performance. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

Schmidt, N.B., Lerew, RD.R., Joiner, T.E. (1998)— Anxiety sensitivity and the pathogenesis of anxiety and depression: evidence for symptom specificity. Behavior Research and Therapy, 36, 165-177.

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Pamela Quinne Fokes

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