Talkspace Announces Future Of Therapy Conference In New York

Industry leaders unite to discuss the impact of technology on our mental health and the future of healthcare innovation at the inaugural Future of Therapy conference

Mar 17, 2016, 10:30 ET from Talkspace

NEW YORK, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The mental health industry is on the cusp of a transformative evolution as technological innovations democratize access to licensed therapists and transform traditional business models. On April 5, 2016, Talkspace's Future of Therapy conference will bring together leaders in academia, media, and technology to discuss the topics surrounding the present and future of health innovation, featuring a keynote interview with renowned psychotherapist and author, Dr. Irvin Yalom, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University.

"From academia to Silicon Valley, there is a community of passionate and dedicated individuals who are fighting to make healthcare more affordable and accessible to people every day," said Oren Frank, CEO of Talkspace. "The growing awareness to the societal scale of this issue has been a catalyst for this disruption and we couldn't be more excited to have so many industry leaders join us to discuss where we are now, the challenges that we face, and what lies ahead."

Conference attendees will be able to meet with and hear from innovative thinkers and industry leaders about the future of healthcare. Joined by founders of nonprofit organizations, professors and researchers from the Teacher's College at Columbia University and the University of Albany as well as leading health-tech startups Pager, StrideHealth, PillPack, Whisper and more, Talkspace reveals the panels headlining its Future of Therapy conference:

Technology and Our Brain: Is It Making Us Mentally Ill.

In a panel moderated by CNBC's Uptin Saiidi, this panel will focus on how technological advancements have further distanced our society from traditional human interactions and the toll it has taken on our mental well being. Saiidi will be joined by Dr. George Nitzburg, PhD, Adjunct Professor at the Teacher's College Columbia University; Dr. Julia Hormes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at State University of NY at Albany; and Nicole Amesbury, LMHC and Head of Clinical Development at Talkspace.

Man and Machine: Can a Relationship Exist?

Dr. Jonathan Gratch, PhD, Director of Virtual Humans Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies as well as Research Professor at the University of Southern California will be joined by fellow panelists, Dr. Fred Muench, PhD, founder at Mobile Health Interventions; and Kate Aquino, founder of new robotics and AI company BodAI to discuss the positive and negative sides to advancements in technology and artificial intelligence.

The Impact of Social Media: Addressing Dysphoria.

This panel moderated by Psychology Today's Editor in Chief Kaja Perina, will focus on social media's effects on human communication and the mental health issues that have come about due to a disconnect between individuals. Perina will be joined by Alexa Curtis, lifestyle and fashion blogger at Life in the Fashion Lane; Abbey Goodman, Editor and Director at Whisper; Jamison Monroe, Founder and CEO at Newport Academy; Jenna Birch, freelance health and beauty reporter; and Kat Glick, LPC, LCADC, BCHHP and Talkspace therapist.

Consumer Health Technology: Innovations and Opportunities

This panel, moderated by CNN Reporter Sara Ashley O'Brien, will discuss innovations in the health tech space and highlight top any risks or rewards associated with each. O'Brien will be joined by Oren Frank, Talkspace CEO and CO-founder; Toby Hervey, VP of Strategy and founding team member at Pager; TJ Parker, CEO at PillPack; and Edward Segel, VP of Product at Oscar Health. 

The Future of Work Benefits: Where are the Perks?

Moderated by Entrepreneur's Catherine Clifford, this panel will touch on the subject of employee benefits and how technology is changing workplace dynamics. Clifford will be joined by Dr. Andy Sekel, PhD, Healthcare Expert and Talkspace Clinical Advisor; Terrence Cummings, Director of Business Development at Stride Health; and Jordan Goldberg, CEO at Stickk.

The Future of Therapy conference is open to the public. For more information on attending this conference please visit:

About Talkspace

Talkspace connects people with licensed therapists through its web and mobile apps. As the leading online therapy company, Talkspace revolutionized mental health care access by bringing the dialogue between therapists and their clients into the digital age. Founded with a mission to eliminate the stigmas associated with mental illness and make therapy more available to millions of people, Talkspace's flagship product, Unlimited Messaging Therapy™, has already become the preferred method of treatment for over 200,000 people. For more information, please visit

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