Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Psychiatry, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College
Digital Phenotyping; Digital Mental Health; Anxiety and Depression
Nick Jacobson is an assistant professor in the departments of Biomedical Data Science and Psychiatry within the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He directs the AI and Mental Health: Innovation in Technology Guided Healthcare (AIM HIGH) Laboratory.
Dr. Jacobson researches the use of technology to enhance both the assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression. His work has focused on (1) enhancing precision assessment of anxiety and depression using intensive longitudinal data, (2) conducting multimethod assessment utilizing passive sensor data from smartphones and wearable devices, and (3) providing scalable, personalized technology-based treatments utilizing smartphones. He has a strong interest in creating personalized just-in-time adaptive interventions and the quantitative tools that make this work possible. To date, Dr. Jacobson’s smartphone applications which assess and treat anxiety and depression have been downloaded and installed by more than 50,000 people in over 100 countries. Dr. Jacobson is the principal investigator of an R01 Awarded from the National Institute of Mental Health studying the use of personalized deep learning models to predict rapid changes in major depressive disorder symptoms using passive sensor data from smartphones and wearable devices.
Additionally, Dr. Jacobson has a strong quantitative background in analyzing intensive longitudinal data. In his work, he employs many different types of analyses including structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, time-series techniques, dynamical systems modeling, and machine learning. He created a novel modeling technique, entitled the Differential Time-Varying Effect Model (DTVEM), which allows researchers to discover and model optimal lag times in intensive longitudinal data. He recently developed an anxiety and depression monitoring application entitled Mood Triggers which helps users to learn the triggers of their anxiety and depression in their daily lives. He also created an statistical package (written in R) called the Differential Time-Varying Effect Model (DTVEM) which is used to explore optimal time lags in intensive longitudinal data.
Dr. Michael V. Heinz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health Lab at the Dartmouth College Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. Under the primary mentorship of Dr. Nicholas C. Jacobson, Dr. Heinz is interested in the development of scalable, digital technologies toward assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. He is currently working on an NIH-funded study that uses wearable passive sensors to understand individual and temporal variability in Major Depressive Disorder, as well as on development of an AI-driven therapist (Therabot) presently undergoing its first clinical trial. Dr. Heinz is also a practicing, board-certified adult psychiatrist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Hanover Psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
Lisa Oh is a Research Scientist at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH). Lisa received her MS in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, where she developed a Graph Convolution neural network model for antibody-antigen binding interface prediction. Her main interests lie in machine learning / artificial intelligence and their various applications towards human wellbeing. As a research scientist at CTBH, she develops software and analyzes data for various projects aimed at helping patients manage both their physical and mental health. In her free time, Lisa enjoys playing with her cats, meditating, and snowboarding.
Tess is a research coordinator for the Tracking Depression Study in the Jacobson Lab. She received her PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Georgia (UGA) and in collaboration with the UGA College of Public Health studying the effects and evolution of HIV in the brain. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the field of education, and earned her MEd in Learning, Media, and Technology from the University of Massachusetts. Tess hopes to continue finding new ways of applying and merging her skills and interests in psychology, education, and technology to positively impact the lives of others.
Research Intern, Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Amanda is an intern in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is also completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Mississippi State University, where she works with Dr. E. Samuel Winer to investigate reward devaluation and self-referential processing in depressed individuals using longitudinal network modeling and meta-analytic techniques. She is primarily interested in using intensive longitudinal data to examine how changes in positivity appraisals and affect can predict depression. Additionally, she is interested in investigating how depressed individuals respond to treatments targeting positive affect over time.
PhD Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
I am a data scientist in training with a formal education in anthropology, biology, and bioinformatics. I have worked as a researcher for several years in academia within the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, and translational medicine. I am interested in the application of statistical and machine learning methodologies to behavioral data analysis. Through creative feature engineering, as well as a strong command of the computational tools available, I hope to contribute to a more quantitative understanding of behavioral pathology and psychopathy to ultimately improve mental health treatment, prognostic, and diagnostic outcomes.
Psychiatry Resident, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Arnav Pondicherry is currently a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a graduate research scientist at the Jacobson Lab. He is interested in the use of digital technologies such as mobile applications and wearable sensors, combined with machine learning algorithms, to study, diagnose, and treat mental illness at scale. Within the lab, he is involved in the development and maintenance of the Mood Triggers mobile application, as well as the design of a contactless heart rate sensor using computer vision algorithms. Outside of work, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
PhD Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
George is a Ph.D. student in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences program at Dartmouth College. George received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston College, while working as a research intern with the Brain Trauma lab in the Pediatric Neurosurgery department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following his undergraduate degree, George worked full-time with the Brain Trauma lab for two years before joining QBS. Currently, George is interested in leveraging passively-collected data with traditional machine learning and deep learning approaches to better understand mental health disorder detection and symptomatology.
Master's Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
Joseph (Joe) is a current Master’s student in the Department of Quantitative Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Health Data Science at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Data Science from Dartmouth College in 2022 and has been a member of Dr. Nicholas Jacobson’s AIM HIGH laboratory since 2020. Within Dr. Jacobson’s lab, Joe has implemented predictive models to examine the factors which contribute to changes in mental health, and has also conducted reviews of the existing literature of emotion regulation, substance use, eating disorders, predictive modeling of mental health disorders, and mental health dynamics—particularly during COVID-19—to assist in preparing academic manuscripts. As a graduate student, Joe is interested in learning additional computational tools and techniques with hopes to further investigate what factors influence changes in mental health, particularly by examining different forms of passively collected data in conjunction with mood and self-perception data. In his free time, Joe enjoys being outdoors training for triathlons or hiking in the Upper Valley. Joe is also an avid Boston sports fan and also follows English Premier League Soccer.
Master's Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
I am a QBS master student at Dartmouth. My research interest is in health dialog, cultural adaptation for digital intervention, and multimodal chatbots.
Master's Student in Computer Science (CS)
I am a computer science masters student interested in the applications of computational techniques, and machine learning in particular, to the medical field. I was a computer science major as an undergrad at Dartmouth as well, and I graduated in 2021. In the past, I've worked on projects ranging from unsupervised behavior detection in diabetic blood glucose data to quantifying the carbon emissions embodied in the trade of entire nations. With the Jacobson Lab, I have been working on a lightweight architecture for the estimation of heart rate from videos of human faces, to be deployed in the Mood Triggers app. After I graduate, I plan on becoming a software engineer. Outside of work, my interests include running, mountain biking, and politics. I ran cross country and track for Dartmouth during my undergrad career.
Lab Rotation Students
Sukriti Ghosh is a PhD rotation student in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) program. Sukriti graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) with a Bachelors in Bioengineering and a minor in Neuroscience in 2018. She has worked in bioengineering and neural engineering research at UMD, Food and Drug Administration(FDA), and New York University (NYU). Excited by the computational side of engineering and having always been passionate about mental health, Sukriti became interested in leveraging data science and machine learning techniques to contribute to the growing digital mental health movement. Specifically, she is interested in exploring depression and/or anxiety data for diagnostic and preventative digital solutions.
Kejin comes from the southern part of China and received his BS in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Chongqing University. Now, he is a master's student in statistics at UCSD. He is interested in time series analysis and building statistical models. Besides, He enjoys using statistical tools to solve real-world problems. In this lab, he is working on The Differential Time Varying Effect Model and trying to use this model to discern the significant lags of exogenous inputs from data. In his spare time, he loves taking photographs, playing tennis and soccer.
Oluwafunke Kolawole Oluwafunke Kolawole is a Doctor of Medicine candidate at the City University of New York School of Medicine (CUNY School of Medicine) in New York. As part of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, she graduated from CUNY The City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and a minor in Economics. She is currently a research fellow at Dartmouth College CTBH as well as the TRACC-RU (Translational Research Training in Addictions for Racial/Ethnic Minorities at CCNY, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. Her research interests include immigrant health, addiction research, digital therapeutics, and racial/ethnic health disparities among minority populations. Her additional interest in digital health arises from a desire to explore ways of increasing access to healthcare and information gathering for the underserved and minority populations. For leisure, her hobbies include reading, watching dramas, and playing soccer.
Hi! My name is Mikey Mauricio and I am a Computer Science Major here at Dartmouth. Along with CS, I am also a member of the Men's Lacrosse Team, Theta Delta Chi, Hokupa'a, and The Anime Research Club.
Jason Chen is a ’23 from the Bay Area studying computer science and economics. He is a member of the men’s golf team and the Dartmouth Investment Philanthropy Program. During his free time, Jason enjoys traveling, hiking, watching movies, and reading. In the Jacobson Lab, Jason is involved with the Therabot project.
Sofia Jayaswal is a '25 from Portland, Oregon majoring in Computer Science. Sofia is interested in software engineering and full stack web development, and loves dogs, climbing, and trail running.
Anastasia, '24, is a neuroscience major on the pre-med track at Dartmouth College. Within the Jacobson Lab, she works on the Tracking Depression Study to meet with participants for screening and debrief interviews. She is interested in digital technologies that aim to increase the accessibility of mental health care. Outside of the lab, she is involved in the Dartmouth Student Mental Health Union, the Nathan Smith Society, and the Sexual Violence Prevention Project.
Jonathan Cartwright is a '24 at Dartmouth College from Dallas, TX. He is studying Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies and Engineering (Human-Centered Design), and he plans on pursuing a PhD in Psychology to become a therapist. He has an interest in interventions for mental illness and the intersection between technology and mental health. Outside of the Jacobson Lab where he works on the therabot project, Jonathan enjoys dancing hip hop, listening to music, and spending time with friends.
Avijit Singh is a ’26 from Atlanta, Georgia. He is studying Anthropology modified with Computer Science on the pre-health track. In the Jacobson lab, Avi is a research assistant on the Therabot team creating dialogues for the bot to be trained on. He hopes to attend Medical School and pursue a career in Ophthalmology after graduation. He is focused on giving back to the community, combatting curable blindness and macular degeneration. At Dartmouth, Avi is a member of Club Squash, a mentor for SIBS, a peer support mentor, a member of the Dartmouth Investment Philanthropy Program, loves jumping into the river, and enjoying the Green with friends.
Chae Lee is a first year undergrad student who studies quantitative social science and economics on a pre-med track. Given her background as an immigrant from South Korea who moved to a predominantly white school in Minnesota, Chae has been a passionate activist and a leader, having professional experiences in politics and economics. She is interested in the interconnection of politics, economics, and medicine and thus pursuing a career in healthcare economics/policy or biotechnology/bioinformatics. At Dartmouth, she is developing a wide range of professional skills through programs such as an editor of the Dartmouth Law Journal, a member of the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program (DIPP), a selective participant of the VCIC program, and TuckLAB program. She also works to create a more supportive pre-health community at Dartmouth as a member of the NSS Executive Committee. As a member of the Jacobson lab, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the healthcare industry and contribute to creating an equitable healthcare system for everyone.
Boseong Kim is a '26 at Dartmouth College from Singapore. Bo is a Computer Science Major with Digital Arts minor. He is interested in the Augmented and Virtual reality space and the intersection of Computer Science with Art. On campus, Bo is involved with the Korean Students Association, the boxing club, and loves being in the outdoors.
Andy is a ’26 from Cupertino, California majoring in computer science. Andy is interested in the applications of machine learning in various subjects ranging from biology to music. Outside of academics, he is a member of the triathlon team. He enjoys traveling, watching TV shows, and playing music in his free time.
Kaitlyn Romanger is a '24 at Dartmouth College majoring in both psychology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. They are from the Bronx, NY and are interested in clinical/abnormal psychology and teaching. In Jacobson Lab, they work on interacting with, writing dialogue for, and correcting Therabot communications in order to provide an ideal user experience for those struggling with their mental health. Kaitlyn firmly believes in the potential for technology to bridge the socioeconomic and cultural gaps in access to mental health resources. It is their life's mission to provide inclusive and accessible mental health services. Outside of the lab, Kaitlyn tutors FGLI high school students, volunteers as a campus Peer Supporter, and is a member of the Women's Club Basketball team.
Jenny Oh is a '25 at Dartmouth on the pre-med track, studying comparative literature and minoring in neuroscience and chemistry. She is interested in exploring psychopathology through a digital lens and is passionate about making mental health resources more accessible. Outside of academics, she is an RWIT tutor and enjoys creative writing, hiking, and listening to music.
Daniel Gyaakye Amoateng is a current sophomore at Dartmouth College. He is majoring in Biomedical Engineering, an interdisciplinary dual B.A./B.E. Masters program that explores the intersectionality of Computer Science and the hardware machinery aspect of engineering. He is currently a SDE intern at Amazon. In addition to academia, Daniel explores the musical mechanisms of jazz on campus where he in Dartmouth COAST, he is a lead electric bass guitarist as well as a piano substitute.
Victor Moreno is a Dartmouth ‘25 from Springfield, Massachusetts; he is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education. With the Jacobson Lab, Victor works within the Chatbot Training team, working to develop creative solutions to mental health crises. At Dartmouth, he is involved with the Mental Health Unions’s Peer Support program and the Student Wellness Center’s Student Support Network. Off campus, Victor works with Springfield’s Behavioral Health Network as a Mental Health Support Specialist in the PACT program.
Abigail Salzhauer is a ’24 from New York City. She is studying Psychology and Education. In the lab, she is one of the project managers and a research assistant on the Therabot team. Abigail hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology after graduation. She is especially interested in the intersection of developmental psychology and children's educational outcomes. Outside of her academic interests, Abigail is a DREAM mentor, a staff photographer for The Dartmouth, and loves spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Stephen Adjei is a ’25 at Dartmouth College from Baton Rouge, LA. Stephen is a pre-med student majoring in Biomedical Engineering, modified with Computer Science. Stephen is interested in exploring the intersects between machine learning and medicine. On campus, Stephen is a Dartmouth Machine Learning Club member and a staff writer for the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. Stephen enjoys art, reading, philosophy, and open-source diffusion models.
Caroline Hall is a ’24 from New Providence, New Jersey. At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a major in computer science and a minor in neuroscience. Outside of the classroom, Caroline enjoys reading, playing guitar, and spending time outdoors. Caroline is currently working on the development of the Therabot app.
Janelle Annor is a 24’ from Virginia at Dartmouth College. She is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry and Anthropology of Global Health. In her free time she enjoys knitting, reading, and excercising. In the Jacobson Lab, she will be supporting the Therabot project which will support the effort of assessing mental health conditions.
Rina Matsumura ‘23 is a psychology major and a pre-med student from Japan and India. She is especially interested in women’s mental health and hopes to pursue psychiatry to spread awareness of and provide proper care for mental health. On campus, she explores her passion for dance by leading Dartmouth Asian Dance Troupe and choreographing for Street Soul.
Veronica Abreu is an undergraduate student from Iowa City, Iowa. On campus she likes to study biology and anthropology and interests include pathology, psychiatry, and public health. Veronica's work in the lab includes writing manuscripts and researching for literature reviews.
Sukanya Bhattacharya is a freshman at Dartmouth College, and her ultimate goal is to help others lead healthier lives, especially during these challenging times. She is especially excited at the prospect of improving health access and outcomes by working in the lab. Sukanya's other interests include reading, tutoring younger students, and meeting new people.
Piper is a '23 from San Francisco, CA fascinated by medical algorithms. At Dartmouth, she's majoring in Computer Science modified with Biology and hopes to go to medical school one day. Outside of academics, Piper is a member of Dartmouth's Emergency Medical Service (D-EMS) as well as Dartmouth's Ski Patrol. She plays for Dartmouth's Womxn's Ultimate Team and loves hiking, camping, and generally being outdoors. Piper is working on the development of the Mood Triggers app.
Franklin Ruan, '24, is a Dartmouth student from San Francisco, California. He intends to major in computer science with a minor in sociology. Franklin is on the pre-med track and is interested in the intersection between machine learning and medicine. On-campus, Franklin is a consultant for Palamedes Partners and a Collis manager. In his free time, he enjoys frisbee and playing music.
Bri Trudeau is a ’23 at Dartmouth College where she is studying Psychology and Human Centered Design. Bri is interested in behavioral and social sciences, clinical psychology, mental health, and UI/UX design. Outside of academics, Bri is a member of the varsity alpine ski team and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and yoga. In the Jacobson lab, Bri is working on the therabot project.
Ivy Mayende is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College interested in software engineering and psychology, and how technology impacts the human mind and how we can use technology to improve on aspects of mental health. Ivy is also from Mombasa, Kenya.
I'm a 25' dual degree student from Long Island, New York. As a dual degree student, I'll be earning a computer science degree from Vassar college and a computer engineering degree from Dartmouth college. I am interested in the application of computational tools to medical issues. Outside of academics, I really enjoy sports so I'm a part of Dartmouth's badminton and tennis clubs. I also enjoy playing video games and traveling to different places.
Aneesh is a ‘25 at Dartmouth College from the San Francisco Bay Area and is majoring in computer science. At the Jacobson Lab, Aneesh is working on development of the Mood Triggers App. On campus, Aneesh is a part of CoderDojo, Cybersecurity Society, and TAMID Tech Track.
Sarah Grace Williams is a current ’25 at Dartmouth from North Brunswick, New Jersey. She aspires to major in Anthropology and Psychology with an interest in youth development and mental health. She is interested in how to maximize mental health resources for people from all backgrounds. Sarah loves musicals, meeting new people, watching movies, being outdoors, and taking care of her plants.
Maria is a ’23 from Chicago pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at Dartmouth. On campus, she works with a few non-profits and labs working in cognitive and therapeutic psychology. Maria is especially interested in the treatment of children and adolescents and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.
PhD Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
Matthew Nemesure is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences department at the Geisel School of Medicine. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in Integrative Neuroscience. Matthew’s primary interest is in applied statistics and machine learning. His previous work involved utilizing these data science techniques across a broad spectrum of research areas including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and psychology. Currently his work and interests are focused on using cutting edge machine learning and AI technologies to address the complexities of “big-data” in the context of psychological disorders. Additionally, through his coursework and prior job experience, Matthew has developed the mathematics and computer science skills necessary for complex data science work. He has experience in natural language processing, web-scraping, data visualization and building + maintaining a REST API through an internship at Oracle as well as coursework at Dartmouth. In his spare time, Matthew Enjoys the occasional game of pick-up basketball or soccer and attending trivia with his friends. During the colder months, he can be found skiing on the weekends or endeavoring to cook something new in the kitchen.
Eliza Crocker is a ’23 from New Rochelle, NY. At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a major in Computer Science as well as a minor in Mathematics. Eliza joined the Jacobson Lab with an interest in creating accessible treatment technologies for mental health concerns. Outside of academics, she is a member of the varsity sailing team and loves spending time with her teammates on beautiful Lake Mascoma. In her free time, she enjoys skiing and crossword puzzles.
Rachita Batra is an international undergraduate student at McGill University, from Delhi, India, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Social entrepreneurship. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness and creating mental health interventions that are more accessible. In Professor Jacobson's research lab, she will be working on the generative empathetic chat-bot project. After graduation, she aspires to go into the field of clinical psychology.
Helen Young Helen Young is a ’25 from Houston, Texas. At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a major in Neuroscience as well as considering a Government minor. She is passionate about mental health and hopes to work in the field one day. Outside of academics, she is on the varsity field hockey team and enjoys reading, going on walks, and playing pick up ice hockey!
Amélie Perrier is a ’23 from Houston, Texas. At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a major in Neuroscience as well as a minor in Global Health. Amélie is on the pre-med track and is interested in developing ways to predict anxiety and depression symptoms. Outside of academics, she is a member of the Varsity Field Hockey team. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.
Ravin Anderson, '24, is a Dartmouth student from South Florida. He is majoring in computer science and mathematical data science. He likes hiking and playing frisbee as part of the Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team and is interested in AI, machine learning, and full-stack web development. Starting college in the COVID-19 pandemic world, he wants to help with mental health research targeted towards his peers.
Ryan is a '23 at Dartmouth College from Lexington, Massachusetts. He is pursuing a major in computer science but has academic interests in both software development as well as medicine. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and spending time with friends.
Isabel Hillman is a '23 at Dartmouth College from New York City. She is studying psychology and studio art and is working as an undergraduate research assistant for the lab. She is very interested in mental health treatments and wants to pursue a job in the field of clinical psychology in the future. Outside of classes, she is part of the Sexual Violence Prevention Project, Mental Health Union, and Dartmouth Radio.
Olivia Marquis is a junior interested in developing new mental health resources and examining different treatments for and understandings of mental illness across different cultures/societies.
Ike is a '23 at Dartmouth from Nigeria. She plans to major in Engineering and minor in Economics. She is a member of Dartmouth Formula Racing and is a Software Developer for Mood Triggers. She likes building things, reading, playing video games, and taking long walks.
Chloe is a Dartmouth ’24 from outside of Boston majoring in biochemistry and Spanish. She is passionate about accessible resources for mental health, and the potential technology holds in providing them. Outside of the lab she is a part of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and spends her free time cooking/baking, crocheting, and practicing yoga.
I am '22 from Colorado, studying Psychology and Spanish. I hope to pursue a career in psychiatry and treating mental health disorders. At Dartmouth, I am involved in KDSAP, Health Access For All, and D-Art club. I also enjoy teaching skiing to my peers. In the Jacobson Lab, I have assisted with the Chatbot project and currently help run the OUD Video Interventional Clinical Trial.
Areej Sayeed is a current undergraduate junior from Shrewsbury, MA. She is majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology and minoring in Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. In the Jacobson Lab, Areej is assisting Damien Lekkas in understanding behavioral health quantitatively to help improve mental health disorders, specifically suicidal thoughts and actions. She has a personal passion about promoting and fostering mental health through the use of technology and data science, as seen in her extracurricular activities. At the UConn campus, Areej is involved in a mental health podcast and Medical Minds Matter, which promotes psychological and emotional well-being and growth, specifically for those in the healthcare fields. She also is involved in the UConn Public Research Interest Group and the STEM club. In her free time, Areej enjoys hiking, kayaking, and baking.
Daniel Shen is a ’23 studying biology and computer science, where his interests lie in applying machine learning models to medical problems. Outside of the classroom, Daniel plays on Pain Train, Dartmouth’s D1 men’s ultimate frisbee team, works as an ED tech at DHMC, is the PDO of Dartmouth’s Emergency Medical Services (D-EMS), and is an active member in Agape Christian fellowship. In the lab, he helps with the chatbot training team.
Nhi Nguyen is a ‘23 at Dartmouth College from Dallas, Texas. She intends to major in neuroscience with a minor in global health. Nhi is on the pre-med track with interests in clinical psychology and brain sciences. On campus, she is a member of Dartmouth’s Club Taekwondo and the People of Color Outdoors (POCO). In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing music.
Jimena is an undergraduate junior at Dartmouth College from Spain. She is majoring in Neuroscience and is very interested in improving accessibility to mental health resources. In the Jacobson Lab she will be training the Chatbot for better assessments and interventions. On campus she is a member of the basketball team and the International Students Association. In her free time she loves reading, watching movies, and hiking with her friends.
Kevin Zhou is a ’22 (graduating 2023 after a gap year) at Dartmouth College majoring in computer science and minoring in statistics. In the lab, he is working on the development of a web application to help provide data for training the chatbot. In his free time, he enjoys keeping up with current affairs and listening to J-pop.
Brian is a '23 at Dartmouth College from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy and a minor in Statistics. At the Jacobson Lab, he is interested in the application of machine learning, deep learning, and statistical modeling to detect and treat mental illnesses. In his free time, he likes to play basketball and canoe.
Guhui Zhang is a ’22 at Dartmouth College from Shanghai, China. She is majoring in Linguistics and Mathematical Data Science. She is interested in data analysis and computational linguistics. On campus, she is involved in Dartmouth Undergraduate Linguistics Club and Argentine Tango Society. Outside of academics, she enjoys musicals, swing dance and novels.
Russ Rapaport is a Dartmouth ’22 from Newton, MA studying Engineering and Economics. At the Jacobson Lab, Russ is interested in applying computational and statistical methods to optimize the delivery of mental health care. In his free time, Russ enjoys playing golf, tennis, and basketball.
Zoe is from the Bay Area, California. She is a '22 at Dartmouth and has been on the swim team for the past two years. In her free time she enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Brendan Keane is from the class of 2023 at Dartmouth College, and is interested in Engineering, and Human Centered Design. In his free time Brendan enjoys Ski Racing and playing Rugby. In the Jacobson Lab, Brendan is working on designing the character/avatar for Chatbot.
My name is Cecelia Monnin, I am from Charlotte, NC and I am a '22 at Dartmouth. I am pursuing the BE in Environmental and Energy Engineering. I am really looking forward to working with the design/development team and gaining experience developing apps! At Dartmouth, I am a member of the women's varsity field hockey team and love spending time with my team. Outside of school I really enjoy snowboarding, yoga and traveling!
Emily Appenzeller ’22 is a Dartmouth College student from New York’s Hudson Valley. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in human-centered design. At the Jacobson lab, she is applying her studies to redesign the look and functionality of the Mood Triggers mobile app. Emily spends her free time on campus writing for The Dartmouth and mentoring students in the Upper Valley. She also enjoys cooking and painting.
Thomas is a '22 at Dartmouth College pursuing an Engineering Sciences major modified with Computer Science. He is a member of the men's cross country and track and field teams and works as a Learning Fellow in classes focusing on introductory programming and digital electronics. He is contributing to the Jacobson lab as a assistant programmer for the Mood Triggers application.
William Chen D'22 is currently studying computer science and quantitative social science. He is interested in the application of machine learning to understand and treat mental illness. On campus, William is a Data Visualization editor for The Dartmouth, is involved in planning Dartmouth's annual TEDx conference, and visits local schools with CoderDojo to teach computer science concepts. He also likes to swim and is active in Agape Christian Fellowship.
Jack Keane is a '22 studying computer science at Dartmouth College, where his interests include machine learning and software development. Outside of academics, he follows sports too closely and argues with his brother, Brendan D'23, about who's music is better. In the lab, he is working with the chatbot development team.
Alexandra Limb is an undergraduate junior at Dartmouth College from Westchester County, NY. At Dartmouth, she is a pre-dental student pursuing a major in English. Her primary academic interests include the intersects between the humanities and medicine across literature as well as scientific journalism. Most importantly, she holds a personal passion for promoting the importance of mental health and wellbeing and learning about current innovations in the field of psychiatry. In Professor Jacobson's research lab, she assists with research on the use of sleep wearable technology and machine learning to predict anxiety symptoms. On campus, Alexandra is co-coordinator of the Dartmouth Pre-Dental Society, a contributor to the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science publication, and an active member of her local sorority, Chi Delta. She is also a student volunteer for the Hopkins Center Students Teaching in the Arts (START) Program, which integrates art and music into education at Upper-Valley elementary schools. After graduation, she aspires to attend dental school and pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.
Master's Student in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)
My name is Yong Zhao. I was born in Qingdao, China. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with B.S. in Biological Sciences with distinction honor. Now, I am a graduate student in the master of science program in Quantitative Biomedical Science with Health Data Science concentration. Our lives are surrounded by technology, that I want to become a maker of technology not just a consumer of technology. I am eager to learn technology and apply machine learning and data analysis to solve real-world mental health problems. I like playing tennis, basketball and listening to music.
Rachel Quist '22 is a current undergraduate student at Dartmouth College, originally hailing from Saint Peter, Minnesota. She is interested in the intersection of new media and mental health, specifically the role digital media plays in increasing access to mental health resources. In the lab, Rachel helps to develop psychopathology data for the chatbot, as well as assisting with writing and other projects as needed.
Dr. Felix Kortmann is a PostDoc-Fellow at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH). Felix has a background in Systems Engineering and Information Systems and focuses on applying Artificial Intelligence tools for the 'Greater Good'. In his Ph.D., he utilizes front-facing cameras and onboard sensors in vehicles to detect road conditions for increasing driving safety and comfort. At CTBH, Felix is mentored by Dr. Nicholas Jacobson and works on Internet Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, carried out by smartphone applications. His goal is to use the selfie camera during the online therapy to detect the patient's attention level and emotions during treatment. Besides that, Felix is a guest researcher at the Leuphana University Lüneburg accompanying a research project for tracking infectious diseases.
Julian Chitu is a '24 from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently studying computer science at Dartmouth College with an interest in software development. Outside of academics, he is a member of the fencing team and enjoys spending time in the outdoors and listening to music. At the lab, he works on the mood triggers project.
Dr. Robert J. Klein is an NIH T-32 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH). Robbie has a background in wilderness therapy facilitation, and recently received his PhD in Social and Health Psychology from North Dakota State University. Robbie trained under Dr. Michael Robinson and, thus far, his work has focused on affect, emotion reactivity, cognition, and experiential acceptance. Robbie has 1) piloted new high-resolution measures of emotion reactivity designed to reveal the temporal signatures of maladaptive emotion generation systems, and 2) examined the links between traditional Buddhist teachings, acceptance, and emotion reactivity. At the CTBH, Robbie is mentored by Dr. Nicholas Jacobson and plans to focus on more applied research targeting co-occurring disorders. Robbie is interested in leveraging technology to investigate the intersection of cognition, emotion reactivity, and substance abuse disorders.
My name is Mia Seiner and I am a sophomore at Dartmouth College majoring in Cognitive Science with minors in Digital Art and Human Centered Design. In the lab, I redesigned the mobile application entitled Mood Triggers to improve both the look and the functionality of the app.
Raphael Huang is a 3rd year undergraduate at Dartmouth College, majoring in Economics. He is interested in applying statistical tools to better understand social behavior and optimize healthcare delivery. At the Jacobson lab, he has worked on ML projects predicting major depression and general anxiety, and writing intervention scripts for the Mood Triggers app.
Emily graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a B.S. in computer science and has been working as a software engineer for the past two years. She grew up in a small town in Vermont near Dartmouth and is looking forward to collaborating with everyone in the lab and using her engineering background to contribute to mental health research.
Alex completed his BS in Psychology with a minor in Statistics at Iowa State University. He is currently a graduate student in department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College working with Dr. Meghan Meyer in the Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab. While at Iowa State, he was selected to participate in a NSF REU working with Jennifer Vendemia at the University of South Carolina investigating the neural correlates of social emotions. Broadly, he is interested in the interplay between mental health and social/self-processing and uses multiple modalities to do so (e.g., social network analysis, smart-phone sensing). In addition, he really likes regression in all shapes and forms whether it be semiparametric, mixed, penalized, generalized, or some combination of these techniques. In his free time, he enjoys watching reality TV, cooking, and hanging out with his cat, Mr. Kitty.
Jason Kim is a graduate student in the MS Health Data Science program with interests in web-scraping, natural language processing, and computer vision. He is currently working on a generative empathetic chatbot that is built from a pre-trained GPT2 model and fine-tuned with talk therapy transcripts. The long term goal of the project is to enable a scalable solution to the treatment gap for depression and anxiety. He enjoys the challenge of cleaning and modeling complex, unstructured data. In addition to health data, he is also fascinated with sports analytics, especially as it relates to sports betting.
My interest in biomedical data science stems from a general desire to do public good while applying computational and statistical approaches. Originally, I studied Actuarial Science at Arcadia University and have practiced statistical methods to research on public pension plans. Now, I seek to learn more about how I can apply these concepts to impact the biomedical field and improve the human condition.
Kiernan is a junior studying Psychology and Global Health at Dartmouth College, as well as, a member of the Dartmouth Varsity Lacrosse Team.
Brandon is currently a sophomore undergraduate student at Dartmouth College. He intends to major in computer science and mathematics. In the lab, he is interested in machine learning, deep learning, and data analysis. Outside of research and school, he enjoys reading, video games, and exercising.
Minkeun (MK) Song, '21, is a Dartmouth College student from Seoul, South Korea. He is majoring in Psychology. Additionally, he is pursuing medicine as a pre-health student. On campus, he is a tour guide for the admissions office and is heavily involved in Korean Students Association.
Nicholas Sugiaro is a sophomore at Dartmouth where he is currently pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering and english. Originally from San Diego, California, he has since been enjoying his time on the east coast for college. His ultimate goal is to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine. He also tutors, as well as writes for the school's admissions blog. During his free time, he enjoys reading, and writing for the school's comedy organizations.
Jason McFadden ('22) is a QSS major from Washington, D.C., interested in the intersection between medicine, statistics, and psychology. Jason plans to apply to medical school following his graduation from Dartmouth, with the eventual goal of becoming a pediatrician. In his free time, Jason enjoys swimming, running, travelling, and spending time with friends and family..
Lizzie is an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics and computer science. In the lab, she is interested in machine learning and the development of the Mood Triggers mobile app. Outside the lab, she is involved with the Association for Women in Mathematics and Coder Dojo. In her free time, she likes drawing, playing volleyball, and traveling.
Vivian Tran is a '22 at Dartmouth College from Falls Church, Virginia. She is pursuing a major in Computer Science and minoring in Digital Art and Human-Centered Design. Outside of academics, Vivian enjoys web design, music production, and kayaking on the Connecticut River.
Darley is a rising senior who is interested in human-centered design and technology's application in sparking behavioral changes in people. She is working on redesigning Mood Triggers in the lab and improving the user experience of the app. In her spare time, she illustrates and makes animations. Personal Website
Research Scientist, The Department of Biomedical Data Science and the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Digital Mental Health; Medical Informatics; Application Development
Dr. William Haslett is a Research Scientist in the Biomedical Data Science department at Geisel Medical School. Dr. Haslett received his PhD in Health Services Research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where he developed and evaluated a mobile software application for use by clients in the United States' public mental health system. Dr. Haslett's work involves developing and evaluating novel informatics tools, including patient-facing applications, for a range of healthcare contexts. He has a particular interest in tools that serve disadvantaged and underserved populations. Dr. Haslett is the software architect and chief developer for the HealthPAL application (PI Paul Barr), which helps patients manage their own care using audio recordings of clinical encounters. Dr. Haslett is also leading application development for a mobile application that helps people who suffer from anxiety and depression to manage their own health (PI Nicholas Jacobson). He is also developing a cross-platform mobile application framework in Google Flutter which will support rapid prototyping for data-intensive, research-oriented mobile applications.
Dr. Haslett enjoys musical composition, music production, and playing old classics with friends. He also enjoys cycling, learning gists of concepts on Wikipedia, and Nutella.
Jenny Song is a 23' at Dartmouth College from South Korea. Jenny is interested in studying mathematics and human-centered design, wishing to develop skills to find creative solutions for social justice issues. Outside of her major and minor, she is involved with Dartmouth Law Journal and Sexual Assault Peer Alliance. In the lab, she is currently contributing to the video intervention project.
Henry Jin is a '23 at Dartmouth College from Vancouver, Canada. Henry is a pre-med student majoring in government modified (politics, philosophy, and economics). Outside of academics, he is a dedicated member of the marching band and leads the South House Executive Council. In his spare time, Henry is an avid skier, scuba diver, and a vocal activist for homeless hygiene issues.
Mubarak Idoko is a '23 at Dartmouth College from Jos, Nigeria. He intends to major in Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Mubarak is interested in electric cars, and renewable energy and he is obsessed with outer space. On campus, Mubarak is a member of the Formula Racing Team at the Thayer School, he works as a videographer for the Admission Office and the College Fund, and he enjoys playing video games, reading, or hiking in his free time.
Natalie graduated from Bates College with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but has been in the New England area since college. During college, she completed her senior capstone looking at how cognitive reappraisal of negative memories affects EEG signals. She is interested in pursuing a further career in mental health. During her free time, she likes to spend time outside, run, cook, and go hiking.