Founded in 2021, The Society of Digital Psychiatry serves as a hub to connect people and foster innovation.
We are an organization dedicated to leveraging technology and digital tools to improve mental health care and well-being for individuals across the globe. By combining the knowledge of mental health professionals, patients, policy makers, technology experts, and researchers, we aim to advance the field of digital psychiatry by exploring innovative solutions and creating meaningful partnerships.
Key activities and initiatives include:
1. Research and Development: The society promotes cutting-edge research in digital mental health through our partnership with the journal JMIR Mental Health, exploring topics such as online therapies, mobile health applications, telemedicine, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. By fostering collaboration between researchers and industry partners, the society aims to drive innovation and improve the overall effectiveness of digital mental health interventions.
2. Education and Training: To ensure mental health professionals are well-versed in the latest digital tools and techniques, the society offers training programs, workshops, and educational resources. These programs help practitioners incorporate digital mental health solutions into their practice, enabling them to deliver more accessible and effective care to their patients.
3. Advocacy and Policy: The society works to raise awareness about the importance of digital mental health and advocates for policies that support the development and adoption of digital mental health solutions. By engaging with policymakers and stakeholders, the society aims to create an environment that fosters the growth of digital psychiatry
4. Access and Equity: Recognizing that access to mental health care is not equal for everyone, the society strives to bridge the digital divide by developing and promoting low-cost, scalable solutions that can reach underserved populations. By leveraging technology, the society aims to democratize access to mental health care, regardless of geographical location or socioeconomic status
5. Community Building: The society serves as a hub for professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts in the field of digital mental health, providing networking opportunities and facilitating collaboration. By fostering a strong community, the society enables the exchange of ideas, best practices, and resources among its members.
6. Public Awareness and Education: The society actively works to educate the general public about the benefits of digital mental health interventions and the importance of mental health care. By promoting awareness and reducing stigma, the society hopes to encourage more individuals to seek help and support when needed.
We already have over 200 members. Our members represent all aspects of digital psychiatry from students to patient leaders, clinicians to researchers, data scientists to business leaders. Membership is also open to those who are not psychiatrists and currently MDs compose 44% of members. Clinically focused PhDs and PsyDs represent 20%, research focused PhDs 20%, entrepreneurs 12%, C-suite executive 8%, and data scientists 8%. Membership also include RNs, DNPs, Social workers, peer specialists, software developers, and more.
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STEVEN CHAN MD MBA
Steven Chan is a clinical informaticist and psychiatrist, serving as clinical assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chan’s research encompasses telepsychiatry and digital mental health, applied to underserved and minority health. His latest venture is Mental Power Hacks — @mpowerhacks — a consumer guide to mental performance, productivity, & success.