Computer-guided Behavioral Healthcare: From NASA to Earth
September 30, 2013
Hosted by Dr. David Brendel
Behavioral health problems cause human suffering, result in lost productivity, drive up costs of care and worsen outcomes. Although effective treatments for mental health disorders exist, many people do not receive them due to cost, access to trained clinicians, logistics, and the stigma of asking for help. NASA faces similar barriers to delivering behavioral health interventions to astronauts flying long-duration space missions. A suite of interactive media programs has been developed to help astronauts prevent, assess, and treat their own psychosocial problems. The “Virtual Space Station” provides a range of computer-automated tools, including electronic Problem-Solving Treatment for depression, or ePST. ePST is a tool to treat depression by helping people solve real-world problems, which improves mood and enjoyment of life. This program will provide an overview of computer-automated treatments for behavioral health problems, an audio tour of the “Virtual Space Station” and ePST.
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Leading Minds with Dr. David Brendel explores how innovative approaches in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and coaching are empowering individuals in the 21st century to realize their full human potential. The show will feature experts in these areas discussing how people can develop individualized goals and solutions to their greatest challenges, rather than relying on standardized psychiatric treatments and potentially toxic medication. Drawing on new research findings in areas like positive psychology, Leading Minds will educate you about the benefits of “solutions-based” approaches rather than “problems-based” approaches. Expert discussions with renowned psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, and coaches will converge on a central theme. This unifying vision is that self-reflection, positive thinking, and personal responsibility will empower you to achieve practical wisdom, develop clear action plans, and achieve lasting success in all areas of their lives.
Dr. David Brendel
Dr. David Brendel is a leading executive coach and psychiatrist based in Boston. His company, Leading Minds Executive and Personal Coaching, provides a wide array of coaching and consulting services to individuals, organizations, and corporations. He is a Master Certified Coach Trainer in the Center for Executive Coaching, where he trains mental health professionals to become coaches. He also chairs a CEO peer group with Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization.
He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Chicago. He served as a Faculty Fellow in the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions. He is the author of Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide, published by MIT Press. In his private practice, he provides consultation and treatment for adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and psychosis.
Dr. Brendel is an experienced media consultant on psychiatric treatments, medical ethics, and use of Internet technologies in clinical practice. In addition to serving as a consultant for PBS and ABC News, he has given dozens of interviews to major media outlets and has been a guest on top radio programs. He currently is Chief Medical Officer for LinkedWellness, a start-up company providing digital health solutions for conditions such as anxiety and depression.