Empathetic behavior training for physicians working with patients who have Opioid Use Disorder


The Affective Computing group is collaborating with Weill Cornell Medicine to build empathetic behavior in physicians working with opioid use disorder patients. 

The project has two main components:

  1. Use real clinical interactions to define the affective expressions (facial) in physician-patient interactions that are most and least favorable to patients
  2. Build a tool to train medical students to empathetically engage with a simulated patient who has opioid use disorder. The student will be tasked with performing a standard substance use assessment through interacting with the simulation. The tool will analyze the student’s speech content and facial expressions and provide real-time feedback through the patient’s responses. It will also provide an overt breakdown of feedback after the interaction.

This project is funded by the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) and Weill Cornell Medicine.