LK 120The future of digital mental health
Dr. Joe Ruzek is a clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of post-traumatic stress problems. He currently serves as Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. His current work focuses on dissemination of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, early intervention to prevent development of PTSD, and development of Internet- and smartphone-based interventions for trauma survivors. Joe is a member of teams that have developed widely used technology products like the PTSD Coach app and afterdeployment.org. He served as co-chair of the VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Traumatic Stress and was an editor of two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma and of Caring for Veterans with Deployment-Related Stress Disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond. He is a past member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors.
John Torous is a fourth year psychiatry resident at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. 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. As a resident, he has been active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and created his own apps for the iTunes and Android stores, served a principal investigator on a smartphone depression screening app study, and published numerous papers on the topic. He currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s task force on the evaluation of commercial smartphone apps and in 2014 was awarded an Outstanding Resident Award for research by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an assistant editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for the Asian Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr Yellowlees is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis, where he also is Chair of the Medical Staff Wellbeing Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Medicines review committee evaluating the national VA mental health services for veterans, Vice President of the American Telemedicine Association, and Chair of the Board of HealthLinkNow Inc. He is an experienced speaker and media commentator who writes and produces regular video editorials for Medscape. He has a number of research interests and is presently working on projects involving physician health and wellness, Internet e-mail and video consultation services and the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry. Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors in the USA, Australia and the UK, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published five books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters.