Selected Projects

IEEE P3152 Human or AI Working Group

This IEEE Standards Association Group is working on transparency solutions for AI that can fool human users. Think about "deep fakes" or other AI systems that mimic humans - how should we identify them?

Associated publications:

Luxton, D. D. (2020). Ethical Challenges of Conversational Agents in Global Public Health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 98:285-287. doi:

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Super-Disruptive AI and Public Health Risks

This is a series of collaborative writing and speaking projects about emergent super-disruptive AI and implications for psychological well-being.

Associated publications:

Luxton, D. D. & Watson, E. (Accepted Paper). Psychosocial and Psychological Implications of Super Disruptive AI: Public Health Implications and Recommendations. Stanford Existential Risks Conference.

Global Pandemic Health Technologies and Ethics

This ongoing project consists of several reviews and analyses of the use of health technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary focus is on lessons learned and ethical issues. A sub-part of the project entails review of mortaility reporting and other public policy from a public health and transparancy perspective.

Associated publications:

Luxton, D. D. (2022). Ethics in healthcare delivery and public health: current and emerging issues from the COVID-19 era. In Kuriansky & Kakkattil (Eds)., Resilient Health to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond. Elsevier.

Luxton, D. D. & Watson, E. (2022). Intelligent Virtual Agents for Current and Emerging Public Health Crises. In Kuriansky & Kakkattil (Eds)., Resilient Health to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond. Elsevier.

Selected Completed Projects

Forensic Video-Conferencing Project

This state-funded project entailed the first-ever implemention of videoconferencing connections between Washington State Hospital forensic treatment facilities and county jails to enable timely compenetency-to-stand-trial eveluations.

Associated publications:

Luxton, D. D. & Niemi, J. (2019). Implementation and Evaluation of Videoconferencing for Forensic Competency Evaluation. Telemedicine and eHealth.

Luxton, D. D., Lexcen, F. J., & McIntyre, K. A. (2019). Forensic Competency Assessment with Digital Technologies. Current Psychiatry Reports. 21: 60. doi: 10.1007/s11920-019-1037-9

The Caring Letters Project

The caring letters concept is a suicide prevention intervention that specifically addresses suicide risk during the post-hospitalization period. The intervention involves the routine sending of brief messages of caring concern to patients who are discharged from inpatient psychiatric treatment

Associated publications:

Luxton, D. D., Thomas, E. K., Chipps, J., Relova, R. M., Brown, D., McLay, R., Lee, T., Nakama H., & Smolenski, D. J., (2014). Caring Letters for Suicide Prevention: Implementation of a Multi-Site Randomized Clinical Trial in the U.S. Military and Veteran Affairs Healthcare Systems. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 37(2), 252-260. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.01.007

Luxton, D. D., June, J. D. & Comtois, K. A. (2013). Can Post-Discharge Follow-up Contacts Prevent Suicide and Suicide Behavior?: A Review of the Evidence. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34, 32-41. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000158

Luxton D. D., Trofimovich, L., & Clark, L. L. (2013). Suicide Risk among U.S. Service Members Following Psychiatric Hospitalization, 2001-2011. Psychiatric Services. 64, 626-629. doi: 10.1176/

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