Starting with demonstrations, the event will showcase a diversity of programs, platforms, and emerging technologies that serve to alleviate depression. Next, participanats will brainstorm over dinner, with the goal of sharing feedback with our guests, identifying platforms and opportunities for the future. Based on what we discover, we plan to follow-up the event in the spring of 2013, with a Hackathon devoted to improving mental health and facilitating a more collaborative and supportive environment at MIT.
Brian Dear – iCouch
Mr. Dear’s flagship product, iCouch.me is a platform for mental health professionals to provide video counseling services.
Albert Yeung – Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Yeung is conducting a study assessing internet-based depression screening for college students using online screening instruments and real-time video chat.
David Dickinson – Zeo
Mr. Davidson’s company, Zeo, combines educational sleep technology and tools with coaching methods from both sleep science and behavioral science to track the quality of your sleep and give you a personalized assessment to improve your sleep quality.
Rob Morris – MIT Affective Computing Group
Mr. Morris researches how crowdsourcing technologies can foster new forms of near real-time emotion-regulatory support.
Maia Szalavitz – Neuroscience Journalist
Ms. Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist, covering health, science, and public policy. She is author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids and co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered as well as The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog.
David Mischoulon – Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Mischoulon is director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is performing studies assessing the antidepressant effect of nutraceuticals and cranial electrical stimulation.
Anjali Thakkar – TIMTalks
Ms. Thakkar is the founder of TIMTalks (Think. Motivate. Inspire.), a platform for students to present powerful ideas that foster and promote MIT's spirit of innovation and ingenuity.