MEDIA ADVISORY: Innovation Zone: What's Next in Mental Health Technology? American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is hosting the 2019 Mental Health Innovation Zone, presented by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., a showcase and catalyst for new mental health technologies, as part of its 2019 Annual Meeting. The Innovation Zone is focused on answering the question: "What is next in mental health technology?" It will include lectures, panel discussions, workshops and a "Shark Tank"-style innovation session where attendees can pitch their own product ideas. Topics will include:

  • Commercialization of Precision Psychiatry ToolsHow Psychiatrists Use VR to Address Mental Health Disorders
  • How to Build a Culture of Emotional Well-Being
  • Enhancing Patient Care Through an AI Chat Service
  • Digital Therapeutics: A New Addition to Standard of Care?
  • Can an App Improve Mental Well-Being?
  • 2019 Psychiatry Innovation Lab Presented by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. Finalist will compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize in this idea accelerator event.


  • David Brudö and Niels Eék, Co-founders, Remente
  • Jessica Ann Clemons, M.D., Psychiatry Resident, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D. Deputy Medical Director, APA Principal Investigator, SMI Adviser
  • Angie Joerin, M.S., LLP, Director of Psychology, X2ai
  • Jonathan Knights, Ph.D., Associate Director, Data Science, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Benjamin Lewis, Cofounder, Limbex Health
  • Skip Rizzo, Ph.D., Director for Medical Virtual Reality, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Ian Shea, Founder and CEO, I M Human
  • Nina Vasan, M.D., M.B.A., Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University; Founder, Brainstorm: Stanford Lab for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Chair of APA’s Committee on Innovation


Innovation Zone: Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21 (Saturday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Psychiatry Innovation Lab: Sunday, May 19, noon to 5 p.m.

See the full Innovation Zone agenda here.

WHERE: Moscone Center, San Francisco

MEDIA: Credentialed media can register through online advanced registration.

More Information: More on APA Annual Meeting. See the Preliminary Program Guide.

Contact APA at or 202-459-9732.

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