New Executive Director for OMI's Online Guide to Digital Mental Health Technologies

Rutherford, CaliforniaMarch 1, 2017 – One Mind Institute (OMI) and Northwestern University announced a new partnership to expand the depth of information provided by, and the reach of, PsyberGuide. With more than 165,000 emerging digital health technologies—from apps to more involved interventions—PsyberGuide is the world’s leading organization dedicated to providing consumers with unbiased and data-driven information to make informed decisions about what mental health apps and technologies might serve them best.

To lead this partnership’s work, Dr. Stephen Schueller, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, will serve as the Executive Director of PsyberGuide. In this role, Dr. Schueller will continue the critical work of PsyberGuide and chart a course for its future growth and increased utility for mental health consumers around the world. Dr. Michael Knable, the founding Executive Director of PsyberGuide, will continue to serve as the Chairman of PsyberGuide’s Scientific Advisory Board.

“One Mind Institute has long been dedicated to championing successful digital health interventions,” said Brandon Staglin, Board Director of One Mind Institute. “We are honored to partner with Northwestern University and to welcome Dr. Schueller to our team to help patients and practitioners around the world understand the costs and benefits of these tools, so they can find the most effective ones for themselves or their patients. There is an incredible proliferation of organizations and companies entering the space, and Dr. Schueller’s talents and experience suit him ideally to lead this work.”

Northwestern has long been committed to studying behavioral interventions, especially their intersection with technology. In 2011, Dr. David Mohr founded Northwestern’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies which strives to be the premier academic and technical hub for collaborative interdisciplinary research on behavioral intervention technologies. Since then, CBITs has supported over 65 grants and projects all over the world.  Said Dr. Mohr, Director of Northwestern’s CBITs, “We are excited about this partnership between CBITs andOne Mind Institute to build upon PsyberGuide’s success to date and make it the go-to guide for information about digital mental health interventions.”

“I look forward to leading PsyberGuide and working with the One Mind Institute and my colleagues at Northwestern and across the country to provide necessary information to consumers of these technologies,” said Dr. Schueller. “Together we’ll advance our mutual mission to empower folks managing mental health challenges.”


About PsyberGuide

PsyberGuide is a non-profit website dedicated to consumers seeking to make responsible and informed decisions about computer and device-assisted therapies for mental illnesses. PsyberGuide is also intended for professionals and researchers seeking to enhance their knowledge in this area. PsyberGuide is not an industry website; its goal is to provide accurate and reliable information about software designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement. PsyberGuide is a project of One Mind Institute.

About Dr. Stephen Schueller

Dr. Stephen Schueller is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies.  He and his team at Northwestern will work to advance the mission and scope of PsyberGuide. Dr. Schueller obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and his research is focused on using internet and mobile interventions in behavioral and mental health service delivery.

About One Mind Institute

One Mind Institute is a public nonprofit organization committed to improving lives globally by raising awareness, supporting innovative services, and funding open science to find preventions and cures for all brain illnesses. Contributions to One Mind Institute and its affiliate, One Mind, have resulted in over $260 million for research, changed thousands of lives, and funded stunning discoveries for better therapies now and tomorrow.

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University was chartered in 1851 and its growth has paralleled the dynamic rise of metropolitan Chicago.  It is one of the premier undergraduate and graduate universities in the world. Located on NU’s Chicago campus, the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) is currently ranked 18th among US medical schools by US News & World Report. Northwestern’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs) is the leading academic center in the nation for the development and evaluation of intervention technologies for mental health.

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