Speaker Panel

Can Digital Mental Health Live Up To The Promise?

This panel will discuss the use of technology for mental health and substance use treatment and prevention. We will discuss evidence-based digital mental health technology that is relevant to prevention strategies along with approaches to critically assess technology. The panel will discuss the general landscape of digital mental health and propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions to enhance well-being across personal and population levels, including methods for enhancing stakeholder and community engagement in the implementation of technology. We will also review ethical issues associated with technological applications in mental health, including issues of equity and access.

Dr. Debbie Boeldt

Debbie Boeldt, PhD

Debbie is passionate about the effective implementation of mental health technology in clinical and community settings. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she has a deep background in research, which has fueled her desire to ensure that evidence-based approaches are utilized in mental health and technology. After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and completing my internship at the University of California San Diego/Veterans Administration program, Debbie expanded her knowledge of digital health as a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Translational Institute. She has been working in fast paced environments leveraging technology to improve wellbeing and understands the balance between speed and efficacy. Debbie’s expertise ranges from contributing to the development of web-based interventions and the implementation of digital health and virtual reality. As Deputy Director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center, Debbie lead efforts focused on accelerating the implementation of new innovations into mental health.

Dr. Matt Vogl

Matthew Vogl

Matt’s passion for mental health led him to found the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2015. As Executive Director, Matt leads a team of committed professionals to help accelerate the pace at which new technologies are responsibly developed by working in close partnership with startups and entrepreneurs in order to better treat and prevent mental illness, promote mental wellness and destroy stigma.

Matt has become a leading national voice on mental health and the use of technology to improve people’s mental health. Matt has lectured and been featured in the media internationally, including keynotes at the World Conference on VR and Industry in Nanchang China, and a TEDx talk on the use of VR in mental health.

Before taking on leadership of the NMHIC startup, Matt served as Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center and managed the national program expansion for the Nurse-Family Partnership. Matt earned degrees from Marquette University and the University of Minnesota and now lives in beautiful Golden Colorado. In those rare times when he’s not working, odds are you can find him immersed in one of his other passions; hanging with his awesome sons, photography, kayaking, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and against the Chicago Cubs.

Walter Greenleaf

Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter Greenleaf PhD. is a neuroscientist and a medical technology developer working at Stanford University. With over three decades of research and development experience, Walter is considered a leading authority in the field of digital medicine and medical virtual reality technology

As a research scientist and medical product developer, Walter’s focus has been on computer-supported clinical products, with a specific focus on virtual reality and digital health technology, including systems to treat Post-traumatic Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine. He has had a principal role in several pioneering medical product companies, including Pear Therapeutics, Virtually Better, MindMaze, and InWorld Solutions.

Walter is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s MediaX Program, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, and the Director of Technology Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center. He previously served as the Director of the Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity, where his focus was on age-related changes in cognition. Walter was the founding Chief Science Officer for Pear Therapeutics, and is currently the Chief Science Officer for Interaxon.

Walter a member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation, for Sine Wave, and for Cognitive Leap.

In addition to his research at Stanford University, Walter is the technology and neuroscience advisor to several early-stage medical product companies and accelerator / incubator programs.

Solome Tibebu

Solome Tibebu

Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health technology strategist passionate about health equity and access. Solome is the host of the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech summit, the largest virtual conference for digital behavioral health.

Solome was the founding Director of The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, a philanthropic fund seeded by Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ personal investment company. As a consumer of mental health services, Solome has been a mental health advocate since she started the Anxiety In Teens blog when she was 16-years-old in 2006. Solome is an advisor or board director to several behavioral health companies and national nonprofits.

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