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The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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Yale Club of DC Virtual Event

Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry

A Conversation with
Dr. Daniel Barron, M.D. '16 and Dr. Milton L. Wainberg, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University

Hosted by: Nicholas Lemann, Dean Emeritus at the Columbia Journalism School

Wednesday, April 28, 2021



This meeting will be conducted on Zoom

Instructions will be provided upon registration

What is Psychiatry and How Can We Improve It?

In the last hundred years, most of the medical sciences have progressed in immense and unforeseeable ways—except for psychiatry, which has somehow remained immune to this progress. Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist who trained at the Yale School of Medicine, asks an important question: What’s holding psychiatry back?

Reading Our Minds takes us to a psychiatric hospital, where Barron evaluates a young woman with psychosis, and shows how his exam is limited by his own ability to ask questions and observe, and by his patient’s ability to sense, interpret, and report her experience. Barron shows why psychiatry must move beyond conversation—and how sensors, measurements, and algorithms might progress psychiatric practice. At once pioneering and engaging, Reading Our Minds introduces readers to the Big Data technologies that might revolutionize the way we evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental illness and bring psychiatry firmly into the fold of 21st-century medical science.

Cosponsored by:
  • Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

About the Speaker

Daniel Barron completed his medical training and Psychiatry residency at Yale University, where he was the Chief Resident of both Yale's Neuroscience Research Training Program and of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. He holds a PhD in Human Brain Imaging from the University of Texas and is a regular contributor at Scientific American. He is currently a fellow in Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle's Capitol Hill with his wife and son. Reading Our Minds is his first book. Follow him at @daniel__barron.

Milton L. Wainberg is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Director of the NIMH-funded Columbia University Global Mental Health Implementation Science T32-Post Doctoral Fellowship, NIMH/Fogarty International-funded Portuguese-speaking African countries Mental Health Implementation Research Training Program, Founding Chair of the Caucus of Global Mental Health and Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association, and Medical Director of the Columbia University HIV Mental Health Training Project. Dr. Wainberg is also the Chair of the Mental Health HIV Clinical Guidelines Committee of the New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute, and Principal investigator or investigator of several NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA and CDC studies addressing HIV prevention and adherence to treatment, alcohol and drugs, sexual compulsivity, HIV-associated fatigue, and mental disorders.

Nicholas Lemann is Dean Emeritus of Columbia Journalism School and currently a professor at the school. In addition, he is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of several highly acclaimed books, including Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream, Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War; The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy; and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America.


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