Center for Digital Health

2021 Virtual Conference

The Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health annual conference

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems, businesses, and governments across the world launched novel digital health tools to help keep people safe from COVID-19. But we also saw many metrics of our country’s behavioral health--ranging from mental illness to violence to opioid overdoses--worsen. Now is the time to deploy effective digital tools for these forgotten epidemics, as well.

To make progress, we must reinvent the methods and tools used for prevention and treatment. During the 2021 Center for Digital Health Virtual Conference - hosted by the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health (CDH) in Providence, RI - we will explore the cutting edge of design and implementation of ethical and effective digital health to reductions in mental illness, violence, and opioid use. 

Panels and symposia explored some of the most promising innovations in these areas; discuss innovative digital measurements of loneliness, stress, and more; and dive deeply into questions of how clinicians, patients, communities, and technologists can collaboratively co-design products that enhance and expand prevention and treatment options. Learn from thought leaders, researchers, clinicians, computer scientists, and engineers to help set the stage for better digital health for the post-pandemic world.

Speakers ranged from world-renowned academic experts, to the FDA Digital Health Center of Excellence, to start-up founders, to healthcare system leaders, to investors. The event was hosted on June 22, 2021 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT.

Click here for the 2021 Conference Report (pdf)




12:00-1:00 Keynote panel: The forgotten epidemics: How digital health might help improve mental health, substance use, and violence in the post-pandemic world

  • Moderator: Megan Ranney, MD, MPH 
  • Speakers: Adrian Aguilera, PhD; Cynthia Castro Sweet, PhD; Trina Histon, PhD; Deena Shakir

Watch the Keynote Panel Here


1:00-1:45 Symposia #1: How to define and measure outcomes on digital health for mental health, substance use, and violence

  • Moderator: Tyler Wray, PhD
  • Speakers: Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD; Jessilyn Dunn, PhD; Kira Radinsky, PhD; Mimi Winsberg, MD

Watch Symposia #1 Here


1:45-2:15 Symposia #2: The promise and peril of social media in behavioral health

  • Moderator: Nicole Nugent, PhD
  • Speakers: Munmun De Choudhury, PhD; Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Watch Symposia #2 Here


2:15-3:00 Symposia #3: Engaging community voices in digital health design

  • Moderator: Rochelle Rosen, PhD
  • Speakers: Olufunmilola Abraham, PhD, MS, BPharm; José A. Bauermeister, MPH, PhD; Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BSc.N, DSW, FAAN; Shawna Butler, RN, MBA

Watch Symposia #3 Here


3:00-3:45 Symposia #4: Scaling for impact: Digital health investors discuss their metrics for success

  • Moderator: Neil Veloso
  • Speakers: Aike Ho; Keith Kerman, MD; Rajiv Kumar, MD; Aneesha Mehta

Watch Symposia #4 Here


3:45 Student/Mentee Virtual Poster Session

  • Click here to read each presenter's abstract/poster


CDH Leadership Team



  • Nicole Nugent

    Nicole Nugent, PhD

    Associate Director, Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
  • Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP

    Megan Ranney MD, MPH, FACEP

    Founding Director, Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, Academic Dean, Brown University School of Public Health, Warren Alpert Foundation Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean and Director of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
  • Rochelle Rosen, PhD

    Rochelle Rosen, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • neil veloso

    Neil Veloso

    Executive Director, Brown Technology Innovations
  • Tyler Wray, PhD

    Tyler Wray, PhD

    Edens Family Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences