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Issues and Innovations: Digital Technology and The Future of Behavioral Health
 
 
Sunday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 17
 

 

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C4 Events, in collaboration with The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and GLOO, are coordinating a special technology and addiction event – Issues and Innovations: Digital Technology and The Future of Behavioral Health. Held in conjunction with the 7th Annual CORE conference, this series will focus on developing issues and treatment in the emerging field of Technology Addiction as well as how technology, in its many forms, will bring new tools and solutions to the consumers and providers of recovery services.

Workshops and lectures will focus on issues of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment, epidemiology, etiology, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, ethics and social issues
  • Future of a technology enabled behavioral healthcare systems through advancing care through improved engagement
  • Advances in HIT, devices, sensors and wearables
  • Using technology to help deliver care, to make care more accessible, extend the continuum and improve patient engagement
  • Enabling innovation and improvement in behavioral health especially around the value of data and analytics, integration, interoperability and clinical decision support
  • Technology as medicine – the future of digital therapeutics
  • eHealth and mHealth, digital therapeutics and Telehealth/Web based counseling
  • The role of technology and data in the evolving business models in behavioral healthcare
  • A more networked system of care – technology and integration for behavioral health

 

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Participating Organizations


Austin Psychology & Assessment CenterBrown UniversityCareForCHESS HealtheMindfulFace It TOGETHERFaces & Voices of RecoveryHazelden Betty Ford FoundationMuse by Interaxon Inc.Pear TherapeuticsreSTART Life, LLCTrue LinkTulane University

 

Agenda


 

Sunday Opening Keynote

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

199. Addiction Disrupts Brain Reward – So How Do We Restore It? (2 CE/CME)
David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM
Supported by: DynamiCare Health, Inc.

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced

For a half-century, we’ve known that drugs disrupt brain reward. Amidst a public health emergency, are we addressing this challenge? Contingency Management (CM) drives healthy brain reward. It’s our best-researched and most effective — yet paradoxically least utilized – approach. After 100 successful random controlled trials, real-world challenges still abound: ethics (is paying patients money enabling?), resources (who pays?), testing (truly random, witnessed drug screens?) and management (who does intricate accounting?). Digital health apps now surmount each of these obstacles, aiding motivation, harm reduction, MAT adherence, sobriety and treatment retention. Impacts are real: decreased drinking, longer treatment retention, better program completion. Even busy, oversubscribed and scarcely-resourced providers can now easily achieve implementation to cope with this epidemic – and the next one.

 

Monday Morning Keynote

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

200. The Craving Mind: How Insights from the Intersection of Tech and Neuroscience Inform Habit Change and Addiction Treatment (1.5 CE/CME)
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Supported by: MindSciences & Brown University

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, overeat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us and open our natural capacities for awareness and kindness? In this talk, using examples from his lab’s clinical studies of in-person and app-based mindfulness training as well as data from neuroimaging paradigms, Dr. Brewer will describe why habits are formed, and how awareness helps us tap into these very behavioral and brain mechanisms that encourage habitual behaviors in order to overcome them. He will also show how we can use these to build our natural capacities of awareness, kindness, and curiosity.

Monday Mid-Morning Session

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

227. Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World (1.5 CE/CME)
Mike Brooks, PhD, LSSP
Supported by: Austin Psychology & Assessment Center

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

Our lives are becoming increasingly enmeshed with technology. While there are certainly many benefits of technology, its seductive lure has our children (and us!) disconnecting from what is most important in life – each other and the world around us. To be both successful and happy in life, it is imperative that we learn to navigate these often-treacherous waters. In this presentation, we will discuss why technologies such as texting and social media have such a grip on us, what effects technology is having on our brains, and strategies to use technology in healthier, more balanced ways. To this end, Dr. Brooks will introduce the Tech Happy Life model as an approach to manage the pull of screens more effectively.

Monday Early Afternoon Session

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

253. How Technology is Advancing Care Through Improved Engagement (1.5 CE/CME)
Steven Millette, MS, LMHC
Alex Waldron
Parker Polidor
Janelle Wesloh, LADC MBA
David Whitesock, JD, MA
Zev Suissa, MBA
Supported by: Gloo, Pear Therapeutics, CaredFor, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Face It TOGETHER, eMindful

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

This panel session will focus in the use of technology to help deliver care, to make care more accessible, extend the continuum and improve patient engagement and outcomes. The emphasis here will be on mHealth, digital therapeutics and Telehealth/Web based counseling and recovery support. Attending this session will give clinicians and the program leaders information about current and most innovative new tools to support, extend and enhance care and recovery outcomes.

Monday Late Afternoon Session

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

277. Digital Addiction, ADHD and ASD Spectrum Disorders: A Discussion of Co-Morbidity and Treatment (1.5 CE/CME)
Edward Spector, PsyD
David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP
Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT
Clifford Sussman, MD
Supported by: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, School of Medicine & reSTART Life, LLC

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

Panelists will describe and discuss the co-morbidity of Tech Addiction with ADHD and ASD. Special focus will be made to treatment considerations when these complicated conditions collide. A case example will be discussed.

 

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Tuesday Morning Keynote

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

300. The Internet is Made for Porn: Implications of the Pornification of Human Sexuality (1.5 CE/CME)
David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP
Supported by: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, School of Medicine

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

This workshop will review the roots of pornography and its long historical relationship with technology and how this marriage formed and thrived in recent decades. We will examine how pornography addiction is increased by the amplification of stimulating content via the Internet. There will be a deeper examination of the recent interrelationship of the Internet and digital technology with pornography and the implications for the use, abuse, and addiction to porn. We will address the complex issues in our culture regarding the schism between overt sexuality and sexualization juxtaposed with the covert shame, intoxication, and use of online pornography. Pornography risks normalizing unobtainable sexual feats by portraying an unrealistic and unattainable view of sexual behavior that is devoid of the intricacies and intimacies of human connection. We will also review the neurobiology of sex and pornography use, and we will explore the evolutionary biology of the hijacking of the mesolimbic pathways in process/behavioral addiction in regard to online sexual behavior and pornography. Clinical, medical, and treatment implications will be presented.

Tuesday Mid-Morning Session

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

327. Changing the Game: A Contemporary Approach to Outpatient Treatment of Internet and Video Game Addiction (1.5 CE/CME)
Clifford Sussman, MD
Edward Spector, PsyD

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

In this workshop, we will introduce a treatment protocol created on evidence based biopsychosocial research as well as years of outpatient clinical experience in treating Internet and Video Game Addiction in teenagers and young adults. The approach to be discussed integrates individual psychotherapy emphasizing motivational interviewing, parent coaching, medication management as needed, and group therapy. A 3-step tangible but customizable method will be introduced to guide patients and their families on the journey from ambivalence and dysfunction to the self-regulation and delayed gratification skills required to be independent and successful at life. Patient psychoeducation and guidelines for referring to more intensive levels of care will also be discussed. Case examples and an interactive discussion will be included.

Tuesday Luncheon Keynote

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

350. Left to Their Own Devices: Practicing Healthier Device Management & Professional Digital Citizenship (1 CE/CME)
Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD
Supported by: Resolutions Teen Center & (un)BOOT CAMP

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

Recommended for both professionals and individuals, this presentation will explore how our digitally-based devices and behaviors have-and will perpetually continue to affect, effect, and alter our lives, lifestyles, and careers. It will expose our “for better” and also (potentially) “for worse” increasingly reliant relationships with screens, as well as the applications and services they deliver. Attendees will be taught how to identify potential risk factors of online engagement for their patients, students, families, and selves, then be provided with pragmatic strategies to practice healthier device management and promote professional digital citizenship.

Tuesday Early Afternoon Session

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

353. Introducing Technology Throughout the Addiction Management Lifecycle (1.5 CE/CME)
Hans Morefield
Kathleen Carroll, PhD
Supported by: CHESS Health

Level of Instruction: All

This session will provide an overview of how new technology can be introduced to radically improve the addiction management lifecycle from Intervention to Treatment to ongoing Recovery support. By employing a data driven approach that connects patients and families to a care team and new therapy modalities supporting the measurement and ongoing monitoring of outcomes, technology can change the unsustainable approach to addiction by moving it from “treatment as usual” (relying on patients to self-manage the siloed nature of healthcare) to a care team driven approach.

Tuesday Late Afternoon Session

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

377. How Advances in HIT, Devices, Sensors and Wearables are Personalizing and Improving Behavioral Healthcare (1.5 CE/CME)
Steven Millette, MS, LMHC
Jesse Wheeler
Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Jeffrey Fiorentino
Supported by: Gloo, Faces & Voices of Recovery & Tulane University

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

This panel session will focus on how advancing technology is enabling innovation and improvement in behavioral health and recovery especially around the value of data and analytics, interoperability and clinical decision support. Sensor improvement, wearable technology, and virtual reality is advancing and removing barriers to care and facilitating connection among patients, clinicians and care managers. These evolving capabilities are driving better outcomes, powerful analytics, and personalization of care essential for value-based care. Technology focused on in this panel will include data sharing, sensors/wearables, assessments, analytics/ML, and other patient and clinical workflow tools. Attending this session will give the clinician and the program leadership new information about current and new tools to improve efficacy, outcomes, and quality of care and recovery support.

 

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Wednesday Closing Keynote

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

450. Here, There, & Everywhere: Ethical and Legal Issues in Using Telehealth to Improve Addiction Treatment Capacity (1.5 CE/CME)
Lloyd Sirmons, BS
Daniel McClughen, JD
Supported by: Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center & DCBA Law & Policy

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate

It is difficult to discuss health care policy today without referencing telehealth or telemedicine. While the concept of technology-driven health care delivery has been around for decades, interest around telehealth has significantly heightened in recent years as technology has advanced and regulatory impediments to widespread telehealth implementation have eased. Yet, there remain many ethical and legal issues that must be considered in implementing a telehealth program. These issues are especially apparent when using telehealth in the addiction treatment setting, where the technology is being implemented more widely to reach individuals in rural and underserved areas in the midst of the nation’s growing drug overdose crisis. The presenter will discuss the telehealth landscape, explain the differences between telehealth and telemedicine, and examine the ethical issues in starting and operating a telehealth program Legal issues surrounding telehealth in addiction medicine will also be analyzed. Topics will include patient safety, confidentiality, informed consent, controlled medication prescribing, practicing across state lines, and dubious telehealth schemes, among others.

 
 

Featured Faculty Biographies


Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com, www.cravingtoquit.com). He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, Time magazine, Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).


Mike Brooks, PhD, LSSP

Mike Brooks, PhD, LSSP is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. He is the Director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (APACenter). Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as a usability specialist in the tech industry in the early 2000s. He has a wealth of expertise in the effects of technology on well-being and productivity, positive psychology, the needs of children and teens, and effective parenting practices. He is the first author of Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World, written with Dr. Jon Lasser, and published by Oxford University Press in August 2018. He is a frequent presenter and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets. He is a blogger for Psychology Today, a Tech Happy Life YouTube channel, and has a website devoted to achieving greater life balance in this digital age.


Kathleen Carroll, PhD

Kathleen Carroll, PhD graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota, and completed her pre-doctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Division of Substance Abuse, where she was promoted to Professor in 2002. She is Principal Investigator of the Center for Psychotherapy Development at Yale, NIDA’s only Center devoted to behavioral therapies research, and since 1999 she has been Principal Investigator of the New England Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Carroll is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous chapters and books. Her research has focused on the development and evaluation of behavioral treatments and combinations of behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with opioid use disorders.


Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of reSTART Life, PLLC, founded in 2019. This was the first and remains the foremost residential and transition treatment facility in the US and Canada for Internet and video game addicts. In 1999, she co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (no longer in existence), and in 2018, she co-authored a practical book for parents, Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control. Dr. Cash has presented extensively at conferences both in the USA and abroad and has trained clinicians in this emerging field since the early 2000s.


Jeffrey Fiorentino

Jeffrey Fiorentino is a leader, writer, teacher and speaker in the areas of Business, Technology, and Substance Use Disorder. Mr. Fiorentino started with Kipu Health as a Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, before taking on the added responsibility of heading up the sales department. Having assumed The CEO role in 2016, Mr. Fiorentino has worked tirelessly to inject his passion and vision into all aspects of the organization, while keeping patient wellbeing and user experience a top priority. Prior to his time at Kipu Health, Mr. Fiorentino worked at the accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP, and obtained a master’s degree in Accounting to complement an undergraduate business degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Miami. In Mr. Fiorentino’s (albeit limited) spare time, he enjoys deep sea sportfishing and enjoys spending time with family.


David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM

David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM is the lead researcher on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Criteria for patient treatment matching, and Chief Architect of its standardized software for patient assessment and utilization review, ASAM CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine®.
 
 


Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW is a social work educator at Tulane University, School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. Her research interests include adolescent substance use disorders and improving accessibility of mental health services to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations. She has more than a decade of behavioral health practice experience, which affords her the unique opportunity to bridge research with frontline social work practice.


Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD

Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center, and Founder/CEO of “(un)BOOT CAMP,” which assists teens, young adults, and families struggling with technology, Smartphone, online gaming, cyber/online pornography, and/or other technologically-mediated platform/device dependence, addiction, management, and negotiation. He is also Co-Chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee and has been commissioned by APA to write the only book on “Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship” planned for publishing. Dr. Grant is a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and both his MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. Dr. Grant was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association “Early Career Achievement Award.” In 2012 he was awarded an international “Best of Show” prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. Dr. Grant also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for clinicians and educators. Print, interview, and author credits include: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, APA Monitor On Psychology, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Us, and People magazine. He also has numerous academic publications.


David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP

David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (virtual-addiction.com) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he teaches Sexual Medicine, Behavioral Addiction Medicine, and supervises psychiatry residents. He is recognized as a leading authority on process and behavioral addiction and is author of Virtual Addiction, which in 1999 rang an early warning bell regarding the world’s growing Internet Addiction problem. Dr. Greenfield lectures and teaches throughout the world, and has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. He’s also been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.
Dr. Greenfield is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Greenfield sits on numerous academic and editorial boards, including the CT Association for Treatment of Sex Offenders. Dr. Greenfield is currently in partnership with Odyssey Behavioral Health to open the Greenfield Center for the residential treatment of Internet and Technology Addiction; he resides and maintains an addiction and behavioral medicine practice in Connecticut.


Daniel McClughen, JD

Daniel McClughen, JD provides research, analysis, and strategic insight to DCBA Law and Policy’s clients on matters of health care and business law and policy. He advises pain management specialists, addiction treatment programs, recovery residences, and clinical laboratories on transactional matters and issues related to marketing and lead generation; urine drug testing; controlled substance prescribing; and compliance with federal and state laws, including anti-kickback, patient brokering, physician self-referral, and patient privacy laws. Daniel received his juris doctor from the George Mason University School of Law with a concentration in corporate law. During law school, he completed internships with the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and District of Columbia Public Schools Office of General Council. He also clerked with the Daniel Law Office in Elmhurst, Illinois. He received his bachelor of science in finance from the University of Illinois.


Steve Millette, MS, LMHC

Steve Millette, MS, LMHC has 30 years experience in the behavioral health and addiction recovery field serving in clinical, administrative, academic and executive roles. His passion is to bring systemic change required to solve addiction and behavioral health problems in our society. His competencies include clinical service model development, service and system innovation, and organizational leadership. In his current role at Gloo, where he serves as the Executive Director of wellness & recovery service line, he is particularly interested in developing and applying big data, engagement technologies and platform models to innovate and speed the advancement of needed solutions for the addiction problems in our society. He previously served as the Executive Director at The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital and at Pavillon International in North Carolina. Additionally, Steve has held leadership and clinical positions at prominent treatment facilities including the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Assumption College and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University.


Hans Morefield

Hans Morefield is the CEO of CHESS Health, a NY-based technology company delivering an end-to-end platform for the addiction management lifecycle. Following in his father’s footsteps, Hans has been working in healthcare since before he had a driver’s license. After six years with Ernst & Young’s healthcare consulting practice, Hans was an 11-year member of the leadership team at SCI Solutions, which grew from a start-up to serve hundreds of health systems with patient access and care coordination functionality. Hans went on to lead the care coordination and population health business at Experian Health, before assuming the CEO role at CHESS Health in 2017. Hans is an expert and frequent speaker on the subject on emerging healthcare technologies, including care coordination, patient engagement, and digital therapy. Hans is a graduate and trustee of Kalamazoo College in Michigan.


Parker Polidor

Parker Polidor is serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of CaredFor, the leading provider of engagement tools for treatment programs. As Co-Founder, Parker has worked closely with dozens of programs to help implement tools and strategies to help drive engagement while enhancing outcomes, collecting data and increasing referrals.

 
 


Lloyd Sirmons, BS

Lloyd Sirmons, BS received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Columbus State University 1998. He immediately began his IT career working with TSYS of Columbus, GA where he worked as a mainframe programmer. He worked a number of years with Columbus Regional as a System’s Analyst before entering into full time ministry where he served in pastoral leadership for nearly 14 years before joining the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth team in August of 2010 as the BTOP (Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program) Project Director. He completed his BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University in 2009. He is now diligently working towards completion of Troy’s Master’s of Management in Project Management.


Edward Spector, PsyD

Edward Spector, PsyD is a clinical psychologist whose Maryland private practice is completely dedicated to helping people who compulsively use technology. He has been featured been on television shows such as Matter of Fact with Soledad O’ Brien, Good Morning America, radio shows like The Diane Rehm show on NPR, and in print for Voice of America, and most recently in Bethesda Magazine.

 


Zev Suissa, MBA

Zev Suissa, MBA is a seasoned innovator implementing engagement, content and partnership strategies through provocative inquiry, data insights and entrepreneurial exploration. With an accurate compass on trends, Zev has architected and executed award-winning products and services with human-centric appeal. (move up to join paragraph above) For 20 years, Zev has specialized in leading strategic imagination and continual modernization for big brands, major publishers and startups. Through the pioneer days of digital media, Suissa forged new business models to capture emerging industry capabilities, and created and produced media strategy, original content, live-streaming events and social engagement campaigns for Nike, United Airlines, Paramount Pictures, Glee (FOX), The Los Angeles Times/The Writers Guild Awards, TV Guide Magazine, MSN.com, The Political Channel (winner: Horizon Interactive Global Gold Award), SBV Talent, Def Jam Mobile, Sports Illustrated Mobile, The LXD (winner: Vanguard Media Award, Digital Luminary Award, performed: The 82nd Academy Awards, 2010 TED Conference) and others.

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Strategic Partnerships at eMindful, he is leveraging the best practices of engagement into the rapidly disrupting health & well-being sector. His first creation for the company, eM Life, became the lead product within a year of launch, and initiated the company’s capabilities to capture daily engagement and satisfy modern content consumption habits. Through creative strategies like the 1% Challenge and Vibe Tribes, he continues to reach deeper levels of member engagement and utilization.


Clifford Sussman, MD

Clifford Sussman, MD has a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. He has been featured as an expert on Internet Gaming Disorder in several well-known media sources, including CBS News, the New York Times, and TIME Magazine for Kids. His guide to healthy technology use for ADHD was featured on the cover of Attention Magazine. As an author of peer-reviewed literature and a frequent public speaker, he is internationally known as a pioneer in using psychotherapy to treat internet and video game addiction. He is dedicated to helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. Dr. Sussman completed an adult psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Sussman has over 10 years of experience treating digital addictions. He also treats patients with comorbid conditions, such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Website: www.cliffordsussmanmd.com


Alex Waldron

Alex Waldron is a senior level global bio/pharmaceutical business leader with 27+ years of experience with large pharmaceutical, fully integrated biopharmaceutical and startup organizations. He has a proven record of building and leading business strategy and operations. In his career, Alex has driven enterprise value from portfolio strategy through to commercial launch. In previous roles, Alex has architected the structure and growth of several divisions at Biogen and helped to shape the emerging biosimilar market at Epirus Biopharmaceuticals. Alex has also worked in numerous commercial and operations roles at Genzyme, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA is the Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation & Recovery Management at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and has been in the addiction treatment field for 28 years. Janelle has held many roles, including youth counselor, intake counselor, continuing care counselor, electronic medical record designer, and privacy officer. She currently provides integration and standardization support to clinical operations across the organization to ensure the optimal functioning of a national system of care. She strives to further establish HBFF’s clinical innovation function and helps Hazelden Betty Ford continue to lead the field through research and design. Janelle oversees the Recovery Management division that provides ongoing recovery support through online, phone, and in-person programs and services. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has an undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling, as well as an MBA from Hamline University.


Jesse Wheeler

Jesse Wheeler was born in Edmonds, Washington and has spent much of his life living in the western states. After enduring several years of addiction, he entered into treatment and recovery at the age of 18. When faced with the challenges of finding housing, employment and purpose after treatment, he was introduced to the power of peer support and discovered a passion for helping others. Throughout his professional career, Jesse identified an incredible opportunity to help recovery-focused organizations build out their technological infrastructure. He knew that personal testimony had power, but data and outcomes would need to become the foundation of treatment, recovery support, and recovery advocacy in order for improvements to be made. This passion for bridging the gap between technology and recovery services has fueled Jesse’s pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in software engineering, and is expecting to graduate in 2020.


David Whitesock, JD, MA

David Whitesock, JD, MA is the Chief Innovations Officer at Face It TOGTHER where he leads the tech, data and related innovation strategies that are designed to transform peer addiction management coaching, capture meaningful data and prove the impact of the company’s work. David is a survivor of the disease of addiction, which has been in remission since 2005. In March 2015, David was named a Bush Foundation Fellow. His fellowship focused on executive leadership development and the intersection of digital health, data science and social impact. David is also a veteran broadcaster and journalist, with experience as a talk show host, play-by-play announcer and executive producer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Dakota, followed by a joint Juris Doctorate and Master’s Degree. David is licensed to practice law in the state of South Dakota and is is based in Denver, CO.


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