Digital Health Core Seminar Series

Presentation #1:
Resolving Psychological Stress: An Entirely Remote Cognitive Training Study in PTSD

Speakers for presentation #1:
Andrea Niles, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
UCSF THRIVE Laboratory

Aoife O'Donovan, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


Presentation #2:
Digital Biomarkers of Cognitive Function

Speaker #2:
Robert Dougherty, PhD
Head of Translational Sciences
Mindstrong Health


About speakers for presentation #1:
Andrea Niles, PhD, is a clinical psychological scientist studying anxiety and depression.  She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the THRIVE Lab at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Her research falls into two broad categories. First, she aims to improve access to and effectiveness of behavioral treatments for anxiety and depression by (a) identifying and targeting disorder mechanisms in treatment, (b) empirically based personalization of treatment, and (c) treatment dissemination via technology.  Second, she researches the link between psychological and medical illness with a focus on biological mechanisms of anxiety that increase risk for diseases of aging.  

Aoife O’Donovan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She directs the THRIVE Laboratory, which is focused on identifying and testing new interventions to reduce the negative mental and physical health effects of trauma. Dr. O'Donovan received her undergraduate education in psychology and philosophy at University College Cork and completed a Masters in Health Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She then pursued a PhD in Clinical Psychobiology at University College Dublin as a Craig Dobbin Newman Scholar in Mental Health Research. Her PhD research focused on uncovering associations between threat-related psychological variables and indices and mechanisms of biological aging including inflammatory activity and telomere length.


About speaker #2:
Robert Dougherty, PhD, is a scientist and engineer with expertise in measuring human behavior and the neural basis of cognitive function. Prior to joining Mindstrong, Bob was the Research Director of the Stanford Center for Neurobiological Imaging and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and magnetic resonance technology. Bob completed his PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Stanford.


About this seminar series:
We are pleased to continue this 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 Zoom to:

  • Parnassus: Room LP-190
  • Mission Bay: Room SNC-538
  • SFVAMC: Bldg. 8, Room 320B

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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