Multidisciplinary Training Program in Digital Mental Health Fellows
Shefali Haldar, PhD
2019 - PRESENT
Shefali Haldar is an HCI and Health Informatics researcher who studies the design of technologies to empower people in managing their healthcare. Her current interests include understanding and supporting the needs of people managing mental health conditions, specifically in the context of prenatal and postpartum depression. Shefali received her PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Washington, where she researched how technologies—such as patient portals and online peer communities—could improve patients’ hospital experiences.
Rachel Kornfield, PhD
2018 - Present
Kornfield is a health communication investigator specializing in applying emerging communication technologies to improve mental health. She completed her PhD in Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation work examined online peer-to-peer support forums for depression, substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. Specifically, these studies asked how design elements of these forums (e.g., anonymity, privacy) facilitate or hinder therapeutic self-disclosure and social support exchange. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Kornfield's current investigations focus on supporting individuals with depression and anxiety through online communication with peers, coaches and automated conversational agents.
Jonah Meyerhoff, PhD
2019 - PRESENT
Jonah Meyerhoff is a NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Meyerhoff’s research focuses on integrating prevention science, novel data collection methods, as well as developing and testing technology-based interventions for affective disorders. He has a specific interest in primary prevention of psychological disorders and adverse clinical events through thoughtfully-designed technology-based tools. Dr. Meyerhoff has a background in suicide prevention, culturally-responsive risk assessment, and cognitive behavioral interventions for recurrent depressive disorders. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont and completed his clinical internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Kathryn E. Ringland, PhD
2018 - Present
Ringland received her PhD in Informatics from the University of California Irvine. She was an ARCS Scholar and the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education GAANN Fellowship. Her research interests include studying and designing technology for mental health using a sociotechnical approach. Her dissertation work explores how an online community for children with autism uses various social media, including the popular Minecraft game, to support socialization. She is interested in understanding how neurodiverse individuals leverage social media and other applications as assistive technology in their online and offline interactions. As a postdoctoral training fellow at Northwestern University, Ringland's investigations involve designing tools for digital mental health; in particular, applications for assisting and supporting those with depression and anxiety.