Digital Health Core Seminar Series

Presentation #1:
Participatory Informatics: Opportunities for Technology Innovation in Psychiatry

Armen C. Arevian, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Innovation Lab
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior


Presentation #2:
Using Digital Health, Mobile Sensors, Personalized Coaching, Evidence-Based Strategies, and Consumer-Grade Design to Engage and Empower People to Quit Smoking on Their Own Terms

David S. Utley, MD
President and CEO
Carrot, Inc.


About the speakers:
Armen C. Arevian, MD, PhD, is director of the Innovation Lab at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His work involves “Participatory Informatics”, combining neuroscience, psychiatry, participatory research, and informatics to support research and health system innovation that is translational and transdiagnostic while seeking to addresses equity and disparities in vulnerable populations. Examples include utilizing speech as a behavioral biomarker in serious mental illness, and Chorus, a web platform that enables individuals without technical expertise (i.e. patients, community leaders) to co-create their own mobile apps based on their needs/priorities, and then use them in real-time.

David S. Utley, MD, is the founder and CEO of Carrot Inc., a digital behavioral health company whose first product, Pivot, is aimed at revamping the way smoking cessation programs are designed and delivered. Pivot utilizes mobile sensors, personal coaching, evidence-based strategies, and consumer-grade design to engage and empower people to quit smoking on their own terms.”

Utley graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1992.  He then did his surgical residency training at Stanford in general surgery, head and neck surgery, and facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, and was then on the surgical faculty at Stanford and the VA Palo Alto focusing on the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.
In 2003, he left Stanford to start a GI endoscopy company (BARRX) which developed a minimally invasive approach to treat early esophageal cancer (avoiding surgery).  Covidien (now Medtronic) acquired BARRX in 2012.  Utley worked with Covidien to build their nascent surgical endoscopy business until 2014.


About this seminar series:
We are pleased to announce the start of a new monthly seminar series focusing on the use of digital health technologies in mental health. Our intention is to bring together researchers across campus interested in this topic, with the hope of learning about current approaches being used, understanding how existing approaches could be enhanced, and potentially fostering new collaborations.

Each 90-minute seminar will feature someone in academia using digital health technologies in their work, followed by a similar chat by someone in industry nominated by peers at UCSF whose work is considered especially compelling in this space.

To better serve the community, this seminar will be broadcast via WebEx to rooms at three campus sites:

  • Parnassus: LP-190
  • Mission Bay: SNC-538
  • SFVA: Bldg. 16, Room C19

Monday, January 29 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

LP-190 Auditorium
401 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143