Thursday, October 19

“15+ Years in the Making – When will the Digital Behavioral Health Revolution Deliver on its Promise?”

Tanzeem Choudhury, PhD

8:00-9:00 AM

The power of sensors, algorithms, and AI was supposed to fix much that is wrong with mental healthcare: poor measurements, robust tracking of response to treatments, and timely delivery of personalized interventions. Yet much of behavioral health care and care delivery today remains the same without leveraging the advances made by technology. In this talk, Dr. Tanzeem Choudhury will reflect on the progress, the gaps, and thoughts on making Digital Behavioral Health a success story.

“Leveraging Data to Understand and Guide Addiction Services Across New York State” 

Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS

5:00-6:00 PM

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Commissioner of the New York Office of Addiction Services and Supports, will review the current epidemiology of overdose deaths, substance use disorders (SUD), and SUD services provided across New York State. She will highlight examples of how data, evaluation, and research are guiding initiatives and policies to improve access to services and outcomes among New Yorkers.


Friday, October 20

“NIH Priorities for Addiction Health Services Research”

Laura Kwako, PhD and Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD, MS

8:00-9:00 AM

Leading this plenary are Dr. Laura Kwako, chief of the Treatment, Health Services, & Recovery Branch in the Division of Treatment and Recovery at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and Dr. Carlos Blanco, director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). They will present current funding priorities in alcohol and drug health services research, including consideration of fellowship, training, and career awards, as well as traditional research project grant mechanisms.