Society for Digital Mental Health

Society for Digital Mental Health

Mission and Values


The Society for Digital Mental Health is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage in education, policy, and research to support the use of digital tools to improve mental health and substance use disorder outcomes, including access to affordable and effective care, for the benefit of the public.


To support educational, policymaking, research, and industry activities to advance the quality, implementation, and effectiveness of practical innovations in digital mental health, in order to build a future where the potential of digital technology ethically is realized to improve the mental health of all.


We formed the Society for Digital Mental Health to provide the public and those working in the field of digital mental health (i.e., the application of technology and software to create multimedia experiences for patients to treat their mental health condition or substance use disorder) with a publicly interested body to promote:

  • Education and training
  • Development of best practices
  • Ongoing evaluation of the digital mental health sector …

so that the sector may better advance total person health and healthcare


The specific goals of SDMH can be summarized as:

  1. Support the development and sharing of knowledge concerning the design, effectiveness, use, implementation, and dissemination of digital mental health products and services among a broad groups of stakeholders, including researchers, healthcare providers, payers, employers, developers, patient advocates, educators, and policy experts.
  2. Foster and facilitate the dissemination of evidence standards and evidence-based best practices for sustainable, effective implementation of digital mental health technologies for patients, regardless of how they are seeking care; independently, or via the traditional healthcare system, community-based organizations, educational institutions, Employee Assistance Programs, or other organizations.
  3. Promote work to benefit underserved and at-risk communities in need via digital mental health assessment and intervention evaluation efforts.

About Us

Board Members

David Mohr, Ph.D. (President); Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine), Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, Northwestern University
Stephen Schueller, Ph.D. (Secretary); Associate Professor of Psychological Science & Informatics, University of California, Irvine; Executive Director of One Mind PsyberGuide
Adam Powell, Ph.D. (Treasurer); President of Payer+Provider Syndicate; Leader of the One Mind PsyberGuide Dynamic Digital Formulary Initiative
Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D. (Membership Committee Leader); Professor at Harvard Medical School; Chief of Psychology and Director of the Center for OCD and Related Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital
Bethany Teachman, Ph.D. (Program Chair); Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Additional Leaders

Sarah Hill, BA (Director of Communications); Program Assistant II at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
Emma Wolfe, BA (Assistant Program Chair); Clinical Research Coordinator, The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jeremy Eberle, MA (Open Science Coordinator); Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Program for Anxiety, Cognition, and Treatment (PACT) Lab, University of Virginia


    By adding yourself to our mailing list, you can receive information on upcoming events and news. We are looking to build a broad group of members who are engaged or interested in digital mental health, including people from research, industry, healthcare, community organizations, advocacy organizations, as well as people with lived experience. We screen each of our applicants to ensure active involvement or interest in digital mental health. Thus, we request that you share your CV, resume, or a brief letter of interest explaining who you are and why you are interested in becoming a member of the Society for Digital Mental Health.

    2022 Annual Meeting

    The Society for Digital Mental Health is excited to invite you to attend its inaugural annual meeting:

    A flier advertising details of the Digital Mental Health annual conference.

    “Making Digital Mental Health Work in the Real World”

    June 13th and 14th, 2022 from 12:00-3:00 pm EST, virtually held.

    This interdisciplinary conference will bring together researchers, healthcare providers, payers, industry leaders, developers, patient advocates, regulatory organizations, and policy experts with the goal of sharing cutting edge research and discussing how best to advance evidence-based improvements in digital mental healthcare. In addition, the conference will explore critical factors in making effective digital mental health treatments broadly available, including expert panels on developing evidence standards and the establishing reimbursement mechanisms.

    Registration is free for students and $100 for non-students.

    Tickets are being sold via Ticketleap:

    Conference Program

    June 13, 2022



    David Mohr, Chair Society for Digital Mental Health, Northwestern University 


    Invited keynote address: Tanzeem Choudhury

    Cornell University, Senior Vice President, Digital Health at Optum Labs (UHG)

    “Creating a Unified Digital Mental Health Product for Patients and Providers”

     Introduction by David Mohr, Chair Society for Digital Mental Health, Northwestern University


    Panel on developing standards to evaluate digital mental health treatments

    Pat Areán, University of Washington

    Megan Coder, Digital Therapeutics Alliance

    Nathaniel Counts, Mental Health America

    Nicole Owings-Fonner, American Psychological Association 

    Stephen Schueller, UC Irvine, One Mind PsyberGuide

    Moderator: Bethany Teachman, Board member Society for Digital Mental Health, University of Virginia 




    Breakout groups to discuss developing standards to evaluate digital mental health treatments

    All meeting attendees 


    Poster session

    For a list of posters, see 


    Wrap-up in main room 



     June 14, 2022 


    Summary of Day 1 and review of goals for Day 2

    Stephen Schueller, Board member Society for Digital Mental Health, UC Irvine 


    Invited keynote address: David Clark

    University of Oxford, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

    “Evolving use of digital in the English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program.”

     Introduction by Sabine Wilhelm, Board member Society for Digital Mental Health, Harvard Medical School


    Panel on possible reimbursement mechanisms for digital mental health treatments

    Rhonda Robinson Beale, UnitedHealth Group

    Steven Chan, Stanford University

    Oliver Harrison, Koa Health

    Brenda Jackson, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

    Yuri Maricich, Pear Therapeutics

    Michael Schoenbaum, National Institute of Mental Health

    Moderator: Adam Powell, Board member Society for Digital Mental Health, Payer+Provider Syndicate 




    Flash Talks

    Featuring innovative digital mental health approaches, including those that address the needs of diverse, underserved, or low-income populations

    For a list of flash talks, see


    Wrap-up in main room