My field of expertise is in the development and implementation of simple and affordable interventions to treat mental disorders, particularly in resource-poor settings. Among these initiatives, I developed a model of care to treat common mental disorders, which has been used and adapted in many settings.
Carolina Are, 26, is a former PR and social media strategist turned PhD student and visiting lecturer at City, University of London. She specialises in the fields of cyber-criminology, cyber-harassment, disinformation, conspiracy theories, online subcultures and fan studies.
Kfir is a senior lecturer in the computer science department of The College of Management in Israel. He has spent many years working in a wide range of natural language processing (NLP) disciplines, including statistical machine translation, machine learning, language generation and NLP for mental health.
I am a former psychotherapist (New York University) turned cognitive scientist (University College London). I specialise in evidence-based cognitive performance and change. I am especially interested in design and decision modelling for high-performing teams and digital products.
Rachel is currently a postgraduate student in Clinical Psychology (MSc) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Rachel also graduated last summer with a BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. Rachel is a honorary research assistant within the EFFIP project team.
I trained in medicine at Oxford University and subsequently on the University College London psychiatry rotation. I joined The Lancet as a Senior Editor in 2010 before moving on to The Lancet Psychiatry in 2013. My interests include suicide research, trauma, old age psychiatry, and social and transcultural aspects of mental health.
Anrick is an award winning cross-disciplinary new realities director, exploring immersive storytelling through VR, AR, film and games, and beyond. His work is research focused, and lies at the intersection of narrative and experiential technology.
Ross O’Brien is the Service Lead for the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service and also the Programme Lead for the London Digital Psychological Therapies Programme with NHS England. Ross was a first responder on the day of the Grenfell Tower Fire and has assembled one of the largest Trauma services every established following the tragedy. Ross is also a Digital Pioneer and is interested in where technological innovation can disrupt current NHS practices for the better.
Alison is a graduate in Russian who ran projects mainly in the countries most affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Her career was cut short when she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after her colleagues were killed during her work.
Grace is an artist (illustrator, writer, researcher, facilitator, and anything else that needs doing to make stuff happen). Their practice is participatory, which means it involves lots of conversations, workshops and creative feedback methods to work with other people thinking about questions that are on our minds.
Dr. Craigen is a clinician with outpatient obligations. He is very active in teaching and is an award-winning educator. His enthusiasm for teaching focuses mainly on bioethics and medical – legal issues in the clinical work of undergraduate medical students as well as on teaching medical legal and ethical aspects of privacy in this digital age and of psychopharmacology to physicians in practice.
Marcos del Pozo Banos holds a Ph.D. on Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering. He has over 10 years of experience applying machine learning to a wide range of biometric problems in the fields of security, biology and medicine.
I believe learning should be transformational, it should stimulate thinking and behavioural change. That's why I don't do ordinary, it's not only dull, but it doesn't create change, it doesn't shift people into a new space, and that's what I'm about.
Jenny is Director of Thriving Minds, promoting positive steps to promote mental health and wellbeing. She is Health Lead for the Mindfulness Initiative and advisor to the What Works for Wellbeing Centre, Breathworks, Better Space, Under the Sky and Clasp. She has a focus on digital mental health and increasing involvement in activities to help the transition to a regenerative world.
Yasemin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at St Mary’s University. She spends much of her time working in interdisciplinary fields in science and technology, alongside work in philosophy of language, aesthetics, and ethics.
Grace Gatera hails from Kigali, Rwanda. She believes that mental health is the foundation of a healthy life and has dedicated her life to achieving this for marginalized and forgotten populations in Rwanda.
Mr Gee has been a veteran on the UK's Spoken Word scene for two decades. Perhaps best known as the "Poet Laureate" on Russell Brand's SONY award winning Radio show, he has toured the world many times with the Comedian & his work has featured in the Times, The Guardian & the New Statesman.
Timothy Hill has a long-standing research interest in alternative approaches to and understandings of mental health, ranging from his 2004 doctoral work on ancient Roman suicide and concepts of the self through to developing software to support new teaching methods for counsellors and psychologists. Currently he works at the Open Data Institute, helping to develop open ecosystems to support information-sharing in the sport and health sectors.
Hsuan-Ying Huang is a medical anthropologist with a geographical focus on China and prior training in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Prior to studying medical anthropology at Harvard University, he received medical education and psychiatric training at the National Taiwan University.
Alina works in the Department of Psychological Medicine in at King’s College London. She works on the RADAR-CNS major depression disorder study to facilitate recruitment and participant support, as well as to monitor data coming from study devices.
Kumar is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mindwave Ventures, a technology company that develops digital products and services that have a positive impact on people. Kumar has an extensive background in healthcare, having sat on the board of South London and Maudsley and worked with a number of mental health charities.
Ann is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales. She has a research focus on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health.
Meg is CEO and Co-Founder at Neurum Ltd. She is excited about meaningful changes in how healthcare is accessed and delivered - accounting for different social, cultural, and economic contexts. Particularly, the applications and feasibility of digital health solutions in East Asia.
Yolanda is an AI Policy & Ethics Researcher at The AI Initiative of The Future Society, a think-and-do-tank incubated at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on governance and policy to shape the rise of AI to benefit society broadly while mitigating societal risks, including algorithmic bias, fairness, inclusion, privacy, security, safety, and impact on employment and inequality.
Maria has a DPhil from the University of Oxford on learning pragmatic knowledge from text and her research interests include text mining, natural language processing (NLP), related social and biomedical applications, analysis of multi-modal and heterogeneous data (text from various sources such as social media, sensor data, images) and biological text mining.
I’m Cara. I’m a twentysomething year old mental health nurse who has also experienced mental illness for most of my life. I’m incredibly passionate about breaking down stigma and fighting the discrimination attached to mental health problems, and I hope to do that by not only sharing my own experiences, but creating a platform for others to share theirs too.
Alex is a web developer specialising in educational technology for low resource environments. Alex is a co-founder and the lead developer for Digital Campus's OppiaMobile learning platform and was the lead developer for mPowering's ORB health worker training content repository.
Andrew MacKenzie is a director in the Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Andrew's portfolio of surveillance activities include positive mental health, suicide, family violence, injuries and physical activity. Prior to joining the Public Health Agency in early 2018, Andrew spent 18 years managing health and disability surveys at Canada's national statistical agency.
Michael’s spent 5 years designing and delivering various frontline programmes for the national mental health charity Mind. Specialising in prevention and mental resilience, he co-created the UK’s biggest peer-led resilience programme, established the Employee Champions professional network for the 'Time to Change' national mental health campaign and was a co-designer of Minds 'Whole School Approach' to Mental Health National Strategy for England & Wales.
Faith Matcham is a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She manages the major depressive disorder work package of the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse-Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) study, coordinating an international multi-centre prospective cohort study examining the use of digital technology to measure symptoms and predict relapse in people with depression.
Bilal is a clinical-academic at Kings College Hospital (KCH), and a clinical data science fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence). He spends the vast majority of his time coming up with ‘fun’ acronyms for his research.
Raphaël is a social tech entrepreneur at the convergence of the blockchain and impact sectors. He is the CEO of Alice, a startup that leverages decentralised finance to bring transparency to social and environmental ventures. Prior to Alice, he worked for 10 years in advocacy, first as a corporate consultant in Europe and Latin America, before founding his first digital campaigning startup. Raphaël is French and British, and currently living in London.
Glenn is an Associate Professor and practising clinical psychologist at the School of Psychology, Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on developing and evaluating novel suicide prevention strategies and treatments for youth depression that range from exercise to brain stimulation.
I am a digital health researcher that also has extensive technical and engineering management experience in the digital health landscape. My research interests are in the broader areas of software engineering, and in particular, model-driven engineering as it applies to health information systems engineering. I am particularly interested in how clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can be formalized and supported in health information systems using model-driven engineering methods.
Harry Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Singapore. He holds a PhD in Information Systems and Analytics from the National University of Singapore. Harry develops technological innovations to transform people’s lives with artificial intelligence and mobile computing.
Tunde has managed digital products from an idea to services used by millions. He is a research associate at UCL Knowledge Lab investigating how music lyrics can help improve literacy; his other research interests include interactive narrative, natural language processing, and computational creativity.
Shivani is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainee at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. After graduating from the University of Oxford Shivani’s keen interest in digital mental health led her to be an invited speaker at the KCL National Student Conference as well as being on the organising committee for both the HackMentalHealth Hackathon and Digital Innovation in Mental Health Conference.
Desmond Upton Patton, Associate Dean for Innovation and Academic Affairs and co-director of the Justice, Equity and Technology lab at Columbia School of Social Work, is a leading pioneer in the field of making AI empathetic, culturally sensitive and less biased.
Gabriela Pavarini is a postdoctoral researcher at the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Research Group, University of Oxford. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge, focused on links between moral emotions and behavioural synchrony (e.g. joint singing).
Since qualifying as a Medical Doctor in 2010 Dexter has worked in Elderly Care and Neurology in various hospitals in London and overseas. Dexter is a Clinical Research Fellow at the UCL Dementia Research Centre where he works on Alzheimer's disease clinical trials.
I am a self-taught digital artist based in Manchester and advocate for the use of creativity to cope with facing challenges from long-term conditions. I took up Digital art following early retirement due to a rare illness, that came on during my specialist training in Rheumatology.
Mechanikool is a student of the street dance art form known as Popping (Body Popping). He has been practising this style for 20 years so far and is still active as far as studying the style and teaching it to others.
Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa (MD, MSc) is a portuguese psychiatrist. She is a Doctoral research fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development and NIHR Global Health Group) at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer at the Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar Institute at the University of Porto.
Felix graduated from Noise Solution in 2018, since then he has advocated for the organisation. Felix is passionate about the combination of music tech mentoring and digital youth-work that Noise Solution employs. An approach that had a fundamental impact on his own lived experiences with mental health challenges.
Rupa is the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Digital Health since December 2018. Rupa obtained her PhD from Imperial College London, where she investigated the role of microRNAs and RNA splicing in human stem cell differentiation under the guidance of Dr Nick Dibb and Prof Robert Winston.
My field of research is psychoacoustics: the perception of sound. Here I am particularly interested in the perceptive effects of both ultrasonic and infrasonic sound on the human nervous system and brain, primarily with the aim of developing therapeutic methodologies.
Jacqueline is a mental health nurse and health services researcher. Currently, she holds a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral research fellowship, based at St George’s, University of London, leading a nation-wide randomised controlled trial to evaluate digital multi-component resource for carers supporting a loved one affected by psychosis.
Dr Jan David Smeddinck is a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher and practitioner working as a Lecturer in Digital Health at Open Lab and the School of Computing. He has published broadly on human-computer interaction with adaptable & adaptive motion-based games for health, focusing on the personalization of applications designed to support physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and prevention.
Andrea is Head of Business Development at Neuron Advisers, a quantitative investment management and technology company that manages client capital and provides innovative risk and financial analytics. She started her financial markets career in 2003, working in a variety of roles in blue-chip international asset management firms before moving to the hedge fund sector in 2009 where she has remained since.
Satu is one of Europe’s leading experts intheapplication of newly-evolved techniques on mental health issues in digital society. In particular, she is driving the use of online services to be able to get professional help to many sufferers at the same time, therefore increasing the number of people helped without sacrificing quality.
Tom Szirtes is founder of London-based immersive technology agency Mbryonic. His background in the video gaming industry through working at Sega inspired him to utilize his skills in a different manner, generating engaging, original VR and AR content for diverse sectors, such as for medical, marketing and education.
I help organisations maximise income and reduce costs through effective management of legal and regulatory risks and in particular financial crime. I combine my knowledge of serious and organised crime, my understanding of how organisations operate and my experience of creating legal frameworks and policies, to proactively work with businesses to understand the threats, manage risks and also identify business opportunities.
Joosua has bachelor's degree in social services from Diaconia university of applied sciences and he is working on creating new and interesting ways to contact gamers who haven’t been yet reached by other ways of social services. He claims that many players around the world are misunderstood and often labeled as homogenetic group of people that are a threat or a liability to society.
Tao is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, King’s College London, working on applying text mining, machine learning and statistical models to electronic health records at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), in order to identify risks of mental health problems such as psychosis and suicide.
Sarah's work as a UX and UI designer has focused primarily on health and pro-social projects. Having worked for digital agencies (including work with the Nike Foundation's Girl Effect project), multiple third sector clients, as well as in-house at a leading cancer charity, Sarah's work at Mindwave continues to centre around health and positive social impact.
Katie is a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She conducts and manages participant recruitment for the major depressive disorder branch of the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse- Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) study in London. This involves the use of smartphone apps and wearable fitness trackers to monitor depressive symptoms.
Vanessa's research focuses on online CBT for females with eating disorders. She will be training to be a clinical psychologist in the coming academic year in University of Oxford. She is also the Founder of Soul Relics Museum, an object-based storytelling platform on mental health and migration.