Barriers and Opportunities in Mental Health Innovation
Thomas lnsel, MD
Co-Founder & Chair, NEST Health
Co-Founder, Mindstrong Health
Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Prior to serving as NIMH, Director, Dr. lnsel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of theCenter for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta. More recently (2015 – 2017), he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. In 2017 he co-founded Mindstrong Health, a Silicon Valley start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness. In 2020, he co-founded NEST Health, a global therapeutic online community for recovery. Since May of 2019, he has been a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Chair of the Board of the Steinberg Institute in Sacramento, California. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.
Founder & Host, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech
Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health technology strategist passionate about health equity and access. Solome is also 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 and incubation company, and other private family offices. Prior to consulting various stakeholders on all things behavioral health technology, Solome worked in corporate development, venture capital, behavioral health EHR software, ran a mental health tech startup, founded AnxietyInTeens.org, and has been developing healthcare startup communities since 2012. Solome is an advisor or board director to several behavioral health companies and national nonprofits.
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