Roundtable Discussion – Reinventing the Psychiatric Laboratory (TIPS 2017)

This panel discussion was part of the 2017 Technology in Psychiatry Summit, sponsored by the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry on November 6-7, 2017, at the JB Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School. Part of panel: Reinventing the Psychiatric Laboratory.

Technological and social advancements are changing the way science is conducted. Methods for remote data collection, collaboration, and data sharing have led to new approaches to mental health research that transcend geographical and institutional boundaries. In this session, speakers discuss how we might conceptualize a laboratory of the future to lead us to a better understanding of mental health, the brain, and behavior.


Laura Germine, PhD, is the co-director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology and creator of, a citizen science research initiative.

Lara Mangravite, PhD, is president of Sage Bionetworks. She develops and implements open community-based research methods to address complex biomedical research problems. These include the use of mobile technology to facilitate remote and frequent exchange of information between scientists and research participants.

Matthew K. Nock, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research at Harvard University whose research focuses on self-harm. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011.

Jukka-Pekka Onnela, PhD, is an associate professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His work focuses on statistical network science and digital phenotyping, the quantification of social and behavioral phenotypes from smartphone data.


Carey Goldberg covers health and science, and is the host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a Moscow staff correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science journalism fellow at MIT, graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and did graduate work at Harvard. She also is co-author of the triple memoir “Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood.”

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