Center for Digital Health

John Pateña, MPH, MA

Program Director, Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health


John Pateña, MPH, MA is a public health professional with a passion for promoting mental wellness. John graduated from the Brown University School of Public Health (MPH ’14) focusing in behavioral and social sciences interventions. He also has a degree in counseling psychology, and practiced as a mental health counselor working with youth in hospitals, schools, and community centers. John’s career focuses on mental health research that develops novel behavioral interventions using technology. His research interests are in preventing mental illness among at-risk populations and innovating mental health care. John is also interested in working collaboratively with communities to implement programs/policies that support population mental health and health equity. His vision is to be a leader within the public mental health field. John is part of the inaugural Doctor of Public Health cohort at New York University School of Global Public Health.

John is currently the Program Director for the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, and serves as the strategic and operational partner to the Brown School of Public Health. He directs the research, education, and partnership development work within the Center, and facilitates its intellectual vision.