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APA 'Shark Tank' Takes a Deep Dive Into Mental Health Care Solutions


For the second consecutive year, the Innovation Lab, a novel initiative that takes a "shark tank" approach to finding creative solutions to mental health care problems, will be a key feature of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2018 annual meeting. "We are going to be taking a deeper dive and build on the success of last year," Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist, deputy medical director, and director of education at the APA, More

Tools to Help Burnout, Attention Problems Among Winners at 2019 APA Innovation Lab

Psychiatric News

Digital platforms aimed at improving memories and helping children build emotional resilience also received prizes at APA’s annual competition recognizing innovative and disruptive ideas in mental health care delivery. More

2018 Innovation Lab Alum Turns Idea Into Reality

Psychiatric News

The gradual but sustained progress of the Cognova dementia app showcases how APA's "Shark Tank"-style event provides long-term benefits and guidance for budding entrepreneurs...As Christensen explained during his acceptance speech, the feedback and support he received at last year's event was crucial in transforming Cognova from a nascent concept into a working product. More

2019 Annual Meeting

May 18-22, 2019 | San Francisco, Calif.

Grand Prize Winner: Medimmunity – Jordyn Feingold, M.A.P.P; Annie Hart, M.D., Murad Khan, M.D., and Isobel Rosenthal, M.D., M.B.A

Medimmunity will provide structured support groups, online resources to help build resilience, and a forum to enable students and residents to connect with colleagues.

Naloxone Exchange – James Lott

Naloxone Exchange is an Online market place where anyone can purchase the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone, receive effective training on how to use it, and have it shipped straight to their door.

REAL presentation at MHIZ 2019

Real – Ariela Safira and Rachel Lin

Real is a tech-enabled therapy clinic that is designed for women, by women. Real's app simplifies managing therapy by recommending vetted therapists to members based on demographics and communication style, and by tracking contributing factors to mental health against self-reported wellbeing.

Happego – Lindsey Lieb

Happego is a patent pending psychological priming tool that works behind the scenes to help people achieve their goals. It uses scientifically backed technology to implement desired changes via visual priming persuasion which helps to condition the mind.

Callidus Health – Ganesh Elangoavn, M.D., and Gerrit Adams

Callidus Health is a physician founded, early stage company focused on provider/patient communications. The platform has complex survey/questionnaire capabilities and primary care and behavior health clients engaged with us to work on a behavioral health focused version 2.0 with complex questionnaire creation, distribution, data capture, and visualization capabilities.

YouROK Corp – Patrina Mack

YouROK has developed an emotional resiliency app that is shared by children and parents. The children play engaging games that help them identify their feelings and develop relationship skills. Meanwhile, the parents receive weekly reports that provide insights on emotional areas where their child is doing well and where they might need improvement (while keeping details private) to help facilitate family engagement and discussions.

TALI Health – Alex Barty

TALI is developing a series of gamified cognitive modules to help children aged 3 to 8 years with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder develop better attention skills. Using touchscreen-based games, the five-week TALI program targets all four core areas of attention: selection, control, inhibition, and focus.

2018 Annual Meeting

May 5-9, 2018 | New York City, N.Y.

Grand Prize Winner: Shrenik Jain, Sunrise Health

Sunrise Health is a mobile platform that provides anonymous, text-based, small-group therapy for a range of mental health issues. Using artificial intelligence, the app is scalable and allows online "chat rooms" to be created and maintained across the globe.

Mike Dannheim, Sensie

Sensie is a mobile app working as a stress identification and removal tool. It is built on evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and well-being.

Fangwei Lee, Realiteer

REALITEER develops immersive and evidence-based programs in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness trainings to improve human well-being.

Jennifer Kamara Presenting Victoria at the Mental Health Innovation Zone in 2018

Jennifer Kamara, Victoria

Victoria is an addiction platform specifically targeting pregnant women. This program provides accessible, personalized addiction-management tools to help mothers-to-be improve their health and that of their unborn children.

Kelly Wang and Anna Wang, AllyIQ

AllyIQ is a mobile app geared toward patients with bipolar disorder. In addition to tracking symptoms, the app empowers a support network of friends, family, and clinicians to provide coaching and guidance to patients.

Victor Hirth, M.D., and Sean Christensen, M.D., Cognova

Cognova is an app that helps patients with cognitive impairment reminisce about their past using images, movies, or music. The experience becomes progressively more personalized with use and should boost engagement and improve quality of life.

2017 Annual Meeting

May 20-24, 2017 | San Diego, Calif.


Grand Prize Winner: Jeff Clark with Online CBT Insomnia Program

Jeff Clark is a resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He took home the Grand Prize Award for best overall venture at the Psychiatry Innovation Lab for his project called Slumber Camp, an online CBTI program. Stay tuned for his pitch and a candid interview to learn more. And be sure to check out Techforpsych on Youtube for interviews of other finalists and Psychiatry Innovation Lab leaders.

Dr. Irfan with Hope Assist, a Mental Health App for Pakistan

Dr. Muhammad Irfan MBBS, MCPS (Psychiatry), FCPS (Psychiatry), MS (Mental Health Policy & Services), PhD wants to train primary care physicians to deliver high quality mental healthcare in Pakistan. He wants to design an app called Hope Assist that would deliver information from WHO Mental Health Guidelines to drastically improve mental healthcare in Pakistan.

Team Safe Hear – Preventing Domestic Violence

Team Safe Hear wants a solution to domestic violence. They propose using a hands free smart phone application that detects domestic violence through sound, followed by an alert and intervention.

Microsoft Kinect Mental Status Exam – Calvin Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Calvin Yang wants to use the Microsoft Kinect to do mental status examinations during clinical visits. He feels that this will reduce charting time and improve examination metrics. Dr. Yang was awarded $20,000 in Google cloud credits for his initiative which won the Psychiatry Innovation Lab Technology award, sponsored by Google.

Dr. Avi Peled Interview on Computational Psychiatry

Dr. Avi Peled wants to rewrite the textbooks of Mental Healthcare. He has been studying computational neuroscience and computational psychiatry for over a decade and feels that the time for changing the way we diagnose and treat mental illness is near. Basically mental illness arises from dysfunction of the brain, and not symptoms. This is the basis of where we are headed in using brain scans, genetics and other objective tools to be much more effective in helping those with mental health disorders.

John Snook, Queueing Theory and the Treatment Advocacy Center

John Snook is the executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a widely recognized influential mental health advocacy organization. John and his team are using Queueing theory to reduce wait times for mental health patients in jail that need a hospital bed to receive treatment and be restored to competency for trial.

Dr. Eraka Bath with Juvenile Justice App

Dr. Eraka Bath comes to us from UCLA and is making a case for an app designed for Juvenile Justice Youth. Recidivism (reoffenses) are common because youth have a difficult time making all meetings and necessary requirements to come off probation. Dr. Bath wants to design an app that will help them navigate the landscape of the juvenile justice system.

2016 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference

October 7, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Grand Prize Winner: Dr. Joseph Insler (Overdose Recovery Bracelet)

Watch a discussion with Dr. Joseph Insler, an addiction psychiatrist from Boston who is developing a wearable capable of delivering life-saving medicine to a patient in the event of a drug overdose. Dr. Insler went on to win the grand prize in the Psychiatry Innovation Lab.

Impact Award – Michelle Koh, Priscilla Siow, Akanksha Jain (Alzhelp)

Watch a discussion with Alzhelp (Akanksha, Michelle, and Priscilla) who met through a clinical neuroscience internship program at Stanford.They are designing an app for Alzheimer's patients to assist with navigation resources and caretaker safety. Alzhelp went on to win the Impact prize in the Psychiatry Innovation Lab.

Finalist – Ellen Oh (We Embrace)

Watch a discussion with Ellen Oh, a designer from New York City who is developing an app called 'We Embrace' for foreign speaking pscyhiatry patients to improve communication with their physician. She has lots of interesting insights towards product design, development and entrepreneurship .

Finalist – Kammarauche Isuzu and Mackenzie Drazan (MiHelper)

Dr. Kammarauche Asuzu and Mackenzie Drazan from Duke want to use Machine Learning to reduce emergency room visits of mental health patients.

PTSD Nightmare Prevention Wearable with Tyler Skluzacek and Cody Rall

Tyler Skluzacek made a big splash in 2015 when the news media caught wind of his PTSD wearable in development to prevent traumatic nightmares. Tyler and Cody Rall share the story of where they met at a hackathon in DC to brainstorm for the PTSD wearable and where Tyler took it from there.

2016 Annual Meeting – Inaugural Innovation Lab

May 15, 2016 | Atlanta

Grand Prize Winner & Audience Choice Award: Jim Schwoebel (Neurolex Diagnostics)

Watch a discussion with Jim Schwoebel who is developing technology that can assist health care workers to make various diagnoses. Jim won the 2016 psychiatry innovation lab for his ideas and plans to put the cash prize back into the company to further advance his cause.

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