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Editor-in-Chief:

John Torous, MD 

Harvard Medical School, USA

Bio

John Torous, MD, is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for of JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee. He is an assistant editor for The Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for The Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times.

 


Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD 

Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, USA

Bio

Dr. Baker is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Functional Neuroimaging and Bioinformatics in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital. His research uses a combination of neuroimaging, genetics, and behavioral phenotyping strategies to understand the risk and resilience factors that influence illness trajectories in individuals with a psychotic disorder. His current work also explores best practices for leveraging technology and deep phenotyping to quantify and optimize psychiatric care within both inpatient and outpatient settings.

 


 

Ian Barnett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania

Bio

Ian Barnett received his PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University after completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Stanford University. His research interests are in the development of statistical methods for the analysis of smartphone data in patient populations, where the data is both longitudinal and frequently missing.

 



Nicole Benson, MD

MD at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Bio

Nicole Benson, MD, is currently in training in the combined Child and Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Haverford College prior to attending medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her research interests involve using data and the electronic health record to study the health care system and utilization patterns to understand ways to improve inefficiencies within the system to provide better quality care and improve health care delivery to psychiatric patients.



Venkat Bhat, MD

Research Fellow, University of Toronto

Bio

Dr. Bhat completed graduate study and residency training in psychiatry at McGill University. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Toronto with the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CANBIND) Program.

 


 

Yuki Byambasuren, MD

Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia

Research Focus

Yuki Byambasuren’s research interests include health app evaluation and regulation, the role of mHealth in improving healthcare accessibility, self-management of chronic conditions, and effectiveness of behavior change interventions.

Bio

Yuki Byambasuren is a medical doctor from Mongolia. She has a Master of Medical Research in biomedical science from Griffith University, Australia. Her PhD is exploring smartphone health apps, with a special focus on clinical evidence and their prescribability in primary care settings.

 


 

Steven Chan, MD, MBA

Physician, University of California Davis School of Medicine, USA

Research Focus

Dr. Chan's areas of interest include telemedicine, telepyschiatry, machine language translation, smartphone apps, wearable devices, cultural socioeconomic, and linguistic issues.

Bio

Dr. Chan researches telemedicine and mobile health technologies, analyses the digital healthy industry, and treats patients as a psychical at the University of California Davis. He has published numerous research papers exploring mobile technology and mental heath and also conducts research on real time medical translation.

 


Wendy Clyne, PsyD

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR), Coventry University, UK

Research Focus

Dr. Clyne is interested in co-creation approaches to the development and evaluation of healthcare interventions. 

Bio

A psychologist by background, Wendy has 20 years of National Health Service and academic experience, supporting healthcare organisations with service re-design, implementing evidence-based new services and guidelines. Her areas of expertise is patient experience and person-centred care – specifically healthcare professional education and development for supporting person-centred consultations, medicines adherence and supporting patients with medicine-taking, and self-management of long term conditions. Dr. Clyne was previously Head of the Medicines Partnership Programme at the National Prescribing Centre (subsequently NICE).

 


 

Guy Doron, PhD

Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Inderdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Bio

Dr. Doron has published over 50 papers and book chapters and received several prestigious research grants including the Marie Curie Reintegration Grant, the Israel Science Foundation grant and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Dr. Doron is also the Director of the Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Unit (ROCD-RU). Dr. Doron has experience in developing online health intervention and therapist assistant platforms and is involved in teh development and research of mobile mHealth applications for improving mental health difficulties, including low mood and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders.

 


 

Abimbola Farinde, PhD

Grand Canyon University, USA

Research Focus

Abimbola Farinde's research interests are in mental health, psychopharmacology, geriatrics, substance abuse.

Bio

Abimbola Farinde is a clinical pharmacist specialist in geriatric, psychopharmacology, and mental health.

 


 

Joseph Firth, BSc, PhD Candidate

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Australia

Research Focus

Joseph’s research focuses on developing and evaluating novel interventions to facilitate symptomatic and functional recovery for young people with mental illness. Specifically, he has recently been examining how we can optimize the use of smartphone applications for providing self-management strategies, and improving physical health, in first-episode schizophrenia.

Bio

Joseph Firth completed his first degree at the University of Sheffield (UK) before beginning his PhD in Medicine at the University of Manchester in 2013. His background in working in youth mental health, combined with his personal interests in sports, fitness and technology, have driven his research into using these novel methods to improve outcomes in young people with mental illness.

 


 

Daniel Fulford, PhD

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University

Bio

In his research, Dr. Fulford focuses on the use of mobile technology to aid in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illnesses (SMI), including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has a particular interest in th euse of mobile phone-based technology to augment social and occupational functioning among persons with SMi-related motivational impairment.

 


 

Chris Gibbons, PhD

University of Cambridge, UK

Research Focus

Chris Gibbons’s research interests include computer adaptive testing, psychometrics, machine learning, digital footprints and computational behavioural science.

Bio

Chris Gibbons is an NIHR Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research and Director of Health Assessment and Innovation at The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge. His primary research interests are the electronic assessment of patient-reported outcomes as well as the integration of modern psychometric techniques and machine learning to improve assessment and benefit a wide range of stakeholders in international health services.

 


 

Ronald Grais, JD

Practicing Attorney, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer, LP, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bio

Ron Grais has been a mental health advocate and thought leader for more than 35 years. He was a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow in 2014, studying the application of digital technology to expanding the depth and reach of community behavioral health services. He serves as a Director, Strategic Intermeddler and Connector at Thresholds, and the Myrtlewood Foundation as well as a member of the Northwestern Medicine Psychiatry Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of the Kennedy forum of Illinois.

 


 

David Gratzer, MD

Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

Research Focus

Dr. Gratzer’s research interests include mental health service delivery and the use of technology.

Bio

David Gratzer is an attending psychiatrist at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, where he is the lead for the iCBT project. He has published in the area, including for the CMAJ, and has presented research findings at major conferences, including the APA Annual Conference. He is a peer reviewer for several journals, including Psychiatric Services, and serves on the Editorial Board of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. He blogs at davidgratzer.com.

 


 

Walter Greenleaf, PhD Neuro & BioBehavioral Sciences

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA

Research Focus

Dr. Greenleaf's research focuses on medical virtual reality and virtual reality for behavioral medicine.

Bio

Dr. Greenleaf is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer. Having been active in medical VR research and development for more than 30 years, he has an extensive background in medical virtual reality technology.

 


 

Christian G. Huber, PD Dr med

Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken (UPK), Switzerland

Research Focus

Christian Huber's research focuses on psychiatry and psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, medical quality management, mental health services, and cognition and behavior problems associated with psychotic disorders.

Bio

Christian Huber has been working at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013, he holds a position as supervising psychiatrist at the Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken (UPK) Basel, Switzerland. Clinical and mental health services research are the main focus of his scientific work.

 


 

Aaron Jarden, PhD

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Research Focus

Aaron Jarden’s research focuses on online assessment, particularly online wellbeing assessment and implementation of online programs.

Bio

Aaron Jarden is a Senior Lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. He is the president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing.

 


 

Yasser Khazaal, MD

Geneva University, Switzerland

Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland

Research Focus

Yasser Khazaal's has created innovations (including digital and non-digital games based innovations) for patient's empowerment for mental health. He is also interested in addictive disorders, Internet addictions, and dual disorders.

Bio

Yasser Khazaal is an Assistant Professor of psychiatry at the University of Geneva. He is involved in a number of studies related in one part to the the patterns of excessive use of Internet and related technologies and in a second part in how to use such technologies to help people face mental disorders and addiction. He is involved in cognitive and behavioral treatments, e-mental health as well as in projects related to the the development and assessment of games or computer-based treatments for mental and addictive disorders.

 


 

Mark Larsen, MEng, DPhil

Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Australia

Research Focus

Mark’s current research focuses on ehealth interventions for suicide prevention, mhealth app quality, mobile sensors for health, and social media analysis.

Bio

Mark Larsen is a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, where his research focuses on the use of mobile interventions for mental health, and particularly suicide prevention. He has a background in biomedical engineering, and the use of mobile apps and new technologies in healthcare.




Jennifer Nicholas, BSc(Hons), BA

Mobile Mental Health Researcher and PhD Candidate, Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Australia

Bio

Jennifer Nicholas researches the use of mobile technology to assist in the management of bipolar disorder. She is develping mobile interventions which will decrease episode relapse and suicidal ideation and facilitate improved psychosocial functioning and quality of life for those with bipolar diosder.




Bridianne O’Dea, BHlthSci Hons., GradCertEdStud Higher Ed. PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Australia

Research Focus

Bridianne’s research areas focuses on e-health interventions specifically for lowering youth depression and anxiety. She also focuses on social media and suicide prevention. Her other research interests are improving service delivery for mental health using e-health interventions, particularly in school-based settings. Her methodologies include randomised controlled trials, survey designs, prospective cohort studies, machine learning, and automated text analysis.

Bio

Dr. O’Dea is a postdoctoral research fellow working in the field of e-mental health. She has research expertise in e-health interventions and study design for youth mental health, social media and suicide prevention, and research ethics for internet studies.



Steven Ondersma, PhD

Wayne State University School of Medicine, USA

Research Focus

Steven Ondersma’s research focuses on proactive, opportunistic, brief e-interventions that are designed for use in health care settings.

Bio

Steven Ondersma, is an Associate Professor in the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. His primary interest is in brief, computer-delivered motivational interventions for substance use and other risk factors among high-risk parents, especially pregnant and postpartum women.

 


 

Adam Powell, PhD 

President, Payer+Provider Syndicate; Adjunct of Health Informatics at Northeastern University; Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business, USA

Research Focus

Adam’s research focuses on healthcare quality as it applies to mHealth and high-cost interventions, and specifically on evaluating healthcare interventions intended to improve the quality of care. The interventions he evaluates are both clinical and administrative. Other topics that interest him include defining and measuring quality, as well as issues related to payment and managed care and the economic impact of interventions.

Bio

Adam is a healthcare economist, the President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, an adjunct of Health Informatics at Northeastern University, and a member of the visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of PsyberGuide. Adam is interested in developing systems for evaluating the quality of digital tools for mental health.

 


 

Julie Prescott, PhD 

Senior Lecturer, University of Bolton, England

Research Focus

Dr. Prescott’s research area centres on cyber psychology and health/mental health. Her present research projects include a study investigating online health anxiety in pregnant women, how young people use an online counselling service, and a study looking at how people utilize social media for mental health support.

Bio

Dr. Prescott is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Bolton where she is the programme lead for the BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling programme. Her research area centres on cyber psychology and health/mental health.

 


 

Simone Rodda, PhD 

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research Focus

Simone’s research interests include behaviour change involving brief and minimal interventions delivered via multiple modalities (ie, internet, telephone, text messaging, mobile).

Bio

Dr. Rodda has a background in psychology with a PhD from Monash University, Australia. She holds honorary positions at Deakin University and also Turning Point (Alcohol and Drug Centre) in Melbourne, Australia. Simone is involved in multiple investigations of internet-delivered CBT, chat and email counselling, online community forums, and also a study investigating the use of text messaging as a treatment adjunct. Her work is informed by over 17 years' work as a clinician, researcher, and manager in the field of addictions across smoking, alcohol, illicit drug use, and problem gambling.

 

 


 

Patrick Staples, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University

Bio

Patrick Staples completed his doctorate degree in Biostatistics at Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees in statistics and mathematics at Brigham Young University. His research interests include characterizing patient behavior using high-volume smartphone data, and estimating the impact of contact networks on the spread of infectious disease.

 


 

John Strauss, MD, PhD 

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada

Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

Research Focus

John Strauss's research interests are natural language processing, machine learning, and clinical app-electronic medical record integration.

Bio

John Strauss's fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetics. His research interests involve clinical research informatics, machine learning, natural language processing, and psychiatric genomics and patient engagement.

 


 

Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis'), BSc, BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, UK

Bio

Thanasis is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Data Science at the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Signal Processing and Communications, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Prior to his current post, he was a Research Fellow (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer (2014-2016), and Lecturer (2016) at the University of Oxford. His expertise is in time-series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning, with applications primarily in the medical domain. He has a long-standing interest in developing accurate and cost-effective monitoring tools for neurological disorders and mental disorders, capitalizing on minimally disruptive signals such as speech, longitudinal self-assessments on standardized questionnaires, and passively collected data from wearables and smartphones. His aim is to be developing robust decision support tools to facilitate diagnosis, symptom tracking, and rehabilitation.

 



Ipsit Vahia, MD 

Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services, McLean Hospital, Belmont, USA

Bio

Ipsit Vahia is a geriatric psychiatrist with expertise in the domain of technology and aging.

 



Olena Zhabenko, MD, PhD 

Ukrainian Research Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry and Drug Abuse, Ukraine

Research Focus

Olena Zhabenko’s research focuses on alcohol dependence, sleep, Internet intervention and young psychiatrist’s activities.

Bio

Olena Zhabenko has been a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, USA (Fogarty International Substance Abuse Research Training Program) from 2010-2011. Olena graduated from the Luhansk State Medical University in 2005, and completed her residency at Luhansk Clinical Psychoneurological Hospital in 2007.

 


 

Weibin Melvyn Zhang, MBBS, DCP, MRCPsych

National HealthCare Group, Singapore

Research Focus

Melvyn Zhang's research focus is on the evaluation of smartphone apps for behavioral intervention, evaluation of Web-based portal for behavioral intervention, peer review of smartphone apps, and application of smartphone apps for education in Mental Health.

Bio

Melvyn Zhang Weibin is a ST-4 with the National HealthGroup (Singapore) Psychiatry Residency program. He has a keen interest in information technology and coupled with his passion in Mental Health, he has been a strong advocate of using technology to enhance mental health’s education, research and treatment. He has developed several online portals and smartphone apps to help local students master psychiatry within their 6 weeks internship. He has also developed several other smartphone apps to help provide core mental health information and toolkits to primary mental health providers as well as allied mental health agencies in Singapore. In terms of research, he has made use of smartphone technologies to disseminate information and collate data during crisis situation. Also in terms of treatment, he has co-developed several online CBT and Bibilotherapy modules for patients.