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Amy - An Artificial Intelligence ADHD Coach
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Amy is an artificial intelligence (AI) system that provides psychological assistance simply by talking you.

Amy is available 24 hours a day and provides a new dimension of psychological service delivery. When linked to background information in the form of ontologies, Amy has extensive medical and psychological knowledge and the built-in capacity to acquire additional knowledge from mental health experts. In turn, this knowledge is used for psychoeducation. Amy’s primary mode of communication is a simple and convenient conversation, however, Amy also provides videos, images and text to educate users about mental health issues.

Amy operates in a number of different modes. If the user is inclined to have a free conversation about any topic or to obtain information about ADHD, Amy is simply a chatbot with a very strong protection against inappropriate content. With machine learning enabled, Amy detects mood changes in speech and text including those pointing to depression and can modify the interaction accordingly. Longer conversations can be analysed to extract personality characteristics of the user. While Amy has the ability to learn, the dialogue structure is rule-based and does not change. As a result, Amy is always socially and culturally appropriate.

ADHD Coaching and Psychological Training.

Amy is a great instrument for higher education and a particular the training of psychologists. Amy can serve as a model for the introduction of psychoeducation and psychological interventions into a conversation. It is possible to view Amy as a library of psychosocial interventions for ADHD as well as mental health problems that typically occur in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Amy and other conversational agents are available for your Web site as well. Please contact us to see how your organisation can take advantage of conversational psychological agents developed by the Psychology Network Pty Ltd.

Technical Solution.

Many of the current "artificial psychologist" solutions go wide, i.e. they aim at providing counselling on almost any subject. As a result, these solutions do not have in-depth knowledge about mental health disorders and they cannot provide therapy that is specifically tailored to address complex psychological conditions. The approach here is narrow: Amy uses extensive medical and psychological knowledge bases, including knowledge provided by practising clinical psychologists. More information on knowledge acquisition by mental health experts is provided here. All these knowledge sources are used to perform tasks such as psychoeducation and coaching but only in the context of ADHD! Amy’s knowledge bases are updated frequently to include the latest facts about mental health and ADHD. The general approach Psychotherapy as Heuristic Search is outlined here.

JoBot

Amy is a legacy system now and has been fully integrated into the more comprehensive Psychological AI system JoBot which offers Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques as well as ADHD and Asperger coaching. Jobot makes it easy to connect to online clinical psychologists, as a matter of fact, JoBot is a platform that intergrates online service delivery by registered psychologists with psychological artificial intelligence.

JoBot's source code is available. Please email admin@psychologynetwork.com.au.