CLPsych 2018 Panel Discussion

Clinical implementation of language technology for mental health

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of CLPsych, a panel of incredible mental health and language technology experts will discuss clinical implementation. Consideration will be given to topics such as clinical needs, readiness to accept, obstacles to overcome, successful integration into existing clinical care frameworks or deployment into the community, and big picture implications of introducing language technology to mental healthcare.

*** Be sure to join our expert panel discussion happening at 10:55 – 11:40AM on June 5th! ***

We’re excited to introduce our incredible panel:

Andrew J. Gerber is CEO and Medical Director of the Austin Riggs Center, as well as Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, Associate Clinical Professor at the Child Study Center at Yale University, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Gerber earned his PhD in psychology at the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital, and Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools, and his psychoanalytic training at Columbia. His research focuses on developmental psychopathology, attachment, and functional neuroimaging and psychophysiology of developmental processes, including social cognition. He has served as director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and as co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University.

James W. Pennebaker is the Executive Director of Project 2021 and Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was chair of the UT Department of Psychology for 9 years. A pioneer of writing therapy and the psychology of language, he has researched the link between language and recovering from trauma and been recognized by the American Psychological Association as one of the top researchers on trauma, disclosure, and health. Pennebaker is the creator of Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC), a computerized text analysis program that is now widely used in academic, government, and corporate settings under the name Receptiviti. His cross-disciplinary research spans computational linguistics, social, clinical and cognitive psychology, communications, medicine, and computer science. Author or editor of 12 books and over 300 articles, Pennebaker has received numerous research and teaching awards and honors.

Rob R. Morris is co-founder of Koko, a platform that provides mental health and safety services to large-scale social networks. Robert earned his AB in psychology from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and his master’s and PhD in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
At Princeton, Robert studied cognitive psychology and was advised by Daniel Kahneman (Nobel Laureate and founder of Behavioral Economics).  At MIT, he worked on bringing emotional intelligence to AI systems. For his PhD, he pioneered a new form of digital cognitive therapy, designed to reach millions of people safely and effectively. His interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, social computing, and digital interventions for mental health. He is an award winning designer and his work has been featured in Wired, NPR, Fast Company, and the The Huffington Post, among others.


Philip Resnik is a Professor at the University of Maryland with joint appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. His research is in computational linguistics, with interests both in the application of natural language processing techniques to practical problems, and in the modeling of human linguistic processes. His general research agenda for language technology is to improve the state of the art by finding the right balance between data-driven methods and the incorporation of linguistic and expert knowledge. His current research focus is computational social science, with an emphasis on connecting the signal available in people’s language use with underlying mental state, with recent applications in mental health, where evidence from linguistic behavior shows promise in helping to identify and monitor depression, suicidality, and PTSD, and in computational political science, particularly in connection with ideology and framing. Other areas of research interest including machine translation and multilingual methods, computational semantics, and psycholinguistics. Outside his academic research, Resnik was a technical co-founder of CodeRyte (medical language technology, acquired by 3M in 2012), has served as lead scientist for Converseon (social strategy and analytics), and is an advisor to FiscalNote (tracking, analysis, and forecasting of legislative and regulatory information).