Improving Mental Health Through Technology and Science
Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., SelfEcho applies technology in creative ways to enhance well-being, mental health and productivity. SelfEcho’s suite of products includes Mobile Therapy, a web-based platform designed to empower clinicians to provide better patient care and UpJoy.org, a web-based corporate wellness application designed to improve employee positivity and productivity. Its founders and employees are committed to the bridging the gap between clinical experts within the field of psychology and the business sphere. SelfEcho’s management team includes accomplished experts in psychology and award-winning entrepreneurs. SelfEcho is a project incubated and funded through the Santa Barbara start-up incubator, Noospheric.
The base module is designed to help diagnose patients and track general health. Patient mood, sleep, physical health, taking of medication, and environmental data are all monitored. All features in the base module are included and expanded upon with additional modules.
This module is tailored for patients diagnosed with depressive disorders. Key metics include positivity, hopefulness, pleasure, physical activity and guilt.
Oriented toward individuals dealing with a variety of anxiety issues. The anxiety module measures moment to moment worry, restlessness, physical symptoms, efficacy, rumination, social interactions and much more.
Therapy is often focused on behavioral issues, ranging from substance abuse to anger management to eating disorders. The Behavioral Regulation module is targeted at identifying and monitoring the underlying issues beneath the patient’s issues and can be customized to address a broad range of diagnoses.
This module was created for addressing interpersonal relationship issues of all types. It examines feelings of trust, connectedness, adequacy, caring and tracks situations such as arguments, social engagement/ withdrawal and intimacy.
In the Media
What People Are Saying
“Makes all the difference
in effective diagnosis.”
Dr. Lauren Guy
Clinical Psychologist, President of the Santa Barbara
“The right information is critical to patient
health, and SelfEcho delivers.”
Dr. Jason Muer
Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of Better Me
Daniel Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year. In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers. He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report. His first TED talk has been seen by more than 8 million people and remains one of the most popular of all time.
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and the Departmental Chair in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Author or editor of 9 books and over 250 articles, James has received numerous awards and honors. The words people use serve as powerful reflections of their personality and social worlds. James’ research explores this connection as well as the links between natural language use and physical and mental health. SelfEcho has partnered with James to utilize and build upon his advanced natural language analysis software which is incorporated into the SelfEcho system.
Shelly Gable, who holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, began her career in 2000 as an Assistant Professor at UCLA where she earned tenure and co-founded the Interdisciplinary Relationship Science Program before joining the faculty at UCSB in January 2007. Shelly’s research focuses on motivation, close relationships, and positive emotions. Shelly is an authority on research methods for studying everyday experience and has a profound understanding of Experience Sampling, one of the foundations for data collection with SelfEcho. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Positive Psychology Network. She serves on the editorial board of several journals and has received awards including, a distinguished teaching award from the Psychology Department at UCLA, the Early Career Award from the Close Relationships Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President George W. Bush.
John Maccuish, a highly accomplished, hands-on research executive, statistician, analytic programmer, and technologist with over 20 years of experience spearheads SelfEcho’s data analysis and is responsible for generating much of the product’s ‘secret sauce’. John has completed scores of successful projects covering statistical analysis in a broad range of fields, and is an expert in all statistical multivariate techniques, neural networks, optimization, and simulation methods. John has authored and published books and numerous articles on a staggering array of topics, holds several modeling-related patents, and routinely reviews articles for the major journals (JCIM, JCAMD, J. Cheminformatics) in the chemical information and statistical modeling field. In addition to being an expert statistician John holds two degrees in computer science allowing him to truly understand the relationship between SelfEcho’s software and its data analysis, and to more effectively communicate with the company’s developers.
Jonathan Schooler brings brilliant psychology acumen to the team and ensures their efforts follow a scientific approach and are appropriately aligned with the latest science and research in psychology and neuroscience. Jonathan received his Ph.D is psychology in 1987 and has been a professor and researcher in the field ever since. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of British Colombia and since 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jonathan pursues research on consciousness, memory, the relationship between language and thought, problem-solving, and decision making. He is currently a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and serves on the editorial boards of Consciousness and Cognition and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Jonathan’s work has been supported by numerous national, international and government institutions and he is the author or co-author of more than one hundred papers published in scientific journals or edited volumes.