Alison Darcy
Research Instructor, Stanford School of Medicine

About Me

Alison Darcy moved to the Bay Area from Ireland in 2008 for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine. She has always been an advocate and pioneer for e-MentalHealth. To date she has developed and is currently piloting a smartphone application that allows patients to track their eating behaviors, and develop a contextual understanding of their symptoms. She has pioneered the use of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms for clinical training in eating disorders. Early in her research career, Alison built the first Internet-delivered support group for people with Eating Disorders in Europe. In addition, she has acted as advisor to many innovative and like-minded tech companies. Currently she is funded under the Global Federation for Eating Disorders to explore the feasibility of offering internet-delivered guided self-help to parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa. If feasible, this project will mark a major innovation in healthcare addressing disparities of access.

At Medicine X 2015

Saturday, September 6 1:20 pm (Lower Lobby)
The development and pilot of a smartphone app for patients with eating disorders and problematic eating
Saturday, September 6 2:40 pm (LK 102)
Using massive open online courses (MOOCs) for advanced clinical training: A viable pathway for disseminating evidence-based treatments for rare disorders?
BackgroundFor rare and severe illnesses like anorexia nervosa, disseminating evidence-based treatments in a scalable way is a major priority.  Adapting MOOCs to small private online courses (SPOCs), for... Read more
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