myStrength

For us, it’s personal

myStrength arose from a deep passion to help those challenged with behavioral health conditions. We’ve seen people close to us struggle with depression, anxiety, or overuse of drugs and alcohol and experienced first-hand the disabling impact.

We have witnessed our loved ones’ struggles to overcome the cost, inaccessibility, and stigma of care and treatment.

Knowing that there must be a way to overcome these obstacles, we set out to help those we love… and the more than 50 million others who are working through behavioral health disorders. The vision for myStrength, The health club for your mind, was born as we realized that the Internet and mobile applications provide a perfect way to help those in need. Done right, digital resources that complement other forms of care, such as medication and working with a behavioral health professional, could give users support that is affordable, accessible, and devoid of the negative image that behavioral healthcare sometimes carries.

To make our vision real, we leveraged our extensive digital consumer experience, tapped into our online learning expertise, and surrounded ourselves with brilliant partners and advisors. Together, we created myStrength to give people the resources they need to help create real and lasting change. Change that makes their lives, and the lives of the people around them, better.

Clinical Board

  • Jennifer Harned Adams, PhD

    Jen is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the psychological aspects of women’s reproductive health. She is currently the psychologist for the Center for Maternal Fetal Health at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as the Director for the Colorado Chapter of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Adams holds a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston.

  • Tom Barrett, PhD

    Currently a Clinical Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver, Tom is a former Senior Medical Officer for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department in the World Health Organization and the Mental Health Director for the State of Colorado. Tom has an MA and PhD from West Virginia University.

  • CJ Bathgate, PhD

    CJ is a researcher and clinician specializing in the facilitation of health and behavior changes using in-person and technology-based interventions. Her expertise within these areas surround sleep, chronic health conditions, stress management, mood disorders, and relationship functioning. Dr. Bathgate holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, an Ed.M. and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.

  • Charles G. Curie

    Charles is the principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a management and consulting firm working with leaders in the healthcare field, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU). Curie was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head SAMHSA from 2001 to 2006. Curie holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

  • Neil Dickman, PhD

    Neil has been a CEO, president and chief clinical officer with over thirty years of professional experience in diverse health care settings. Previous positions include: Co-Founder and CEO of Pathmakers, a behavioral health practice management company; Group Vice President and Vice President of Strategic Clinical Initiatives at United Behavioral Health and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Alere Medical, a disease state management company. Dr. Dickman received a B.A. in psychology and a Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology.

  • Ronald Geraty, MD

    Dr. Ronald Geraty is an entrepreneur with expertise in the technology-enabled healthcare services industry, and is known for founding, developing, and transforming multiple healthcare companies. Dr. Geraty began his career as a physician with a specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry in private practice and academia (Harvard Medical School). Subsequently, Dr. Geraty served in roles including positions of CEO, Board Member, and Executive Chairman, and has also led companies in psychiatry (Monarch Health); radiology (American Imaging Management); cardiology and other chronic diseases (Alere Medical); diabetes (Sanare); dermatology (DermOne); and most recently, population health management (AxisPoint Health).

  • Tony Karrer, PhD

    Tony has 18 years of experience leading software development teams for high-growth online consumer companies, including serving as the initial CTO for eHarmony. He has a wide-ranging technical background and is considered one of the top technologists in training and performance support development. Tony was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned his BS in Computer Science, and attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received an MS and PhD in Computer Science.

  • Anne Lavin, LCSW

    Anne is the Discipline Chief of Social Services, Director of Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) Services, and the Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Wellspan-Philhaven Behavioral Health Services, where she has been employed for more than 30 years. With an emphasis on evidence-based DBT, Anne has a passion for helping individuals find healing through self-acceptance, skills development, and making the changes needed to achieve their goals and dreams. Her clients who participate in DBT treatment learn to enjoy life more fully, enhance relationships, and build confidence.

  • Stephen W. Mayberg, PhD

    A nationally recognized expert on public mental health systems, Steve served as Director of the California Department of Mental Health for 18 years. During that time, he worked to advocate and implement major mental health system reform based on programmatic research and program outcomes and accountability. In 2002, Steve was appointed to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Throughout his career, he has continued to provide clinical services. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

  • Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS

    Suzanne Mitchell is an expert in clinical delivery system solutions to improve chronic disease management and care transitions for patients and family caregivers navigating the healthcare system. She is a practicing, board certified palliative care and family physician, health services researcher, and medical educator with expertise in primary care redesign, care transition and palliative care for dual eligible, chronic care and other complex patient populations. Suzanne earned her MD from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University and completed her residency in family medicine in Los Angeles CA. She received her master’s degree in clinical research from the University of California Los Angeles.

  • Glenn Most, Psy.D

    Executive Director at SCL Health's West Pines Behavioral Health facility, Glenn has been a prominent advocate for mental well-being, recently serving on the Mental Health America/Denver Metro Crisis Services Advisory Committee. Glenn has his MA in Psychology from New York University and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.

  • Jill Pechacek, MD

    Co-founder of Aspen Family Care Center and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Jill was featured in 5280 magazine in 2006 and received the “Top Doc” Award for family physicians in Denver. Jill received her medical degree from the University of Iowa.

  • Rom Reedy, M. Div. LPC

    Rom has more than 30 years of experience providing clinical care and leadership for recovery-oriented services for persons in both mental health and substance populations. He currently serves as the program manager of specialized services for Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In his career, Rom has worked in inpatient and outpatient programs and has advocated for establishing programs that use evidence-based and promising practices as well as Peer Specialist and client-centered services. He received his bachelor’s degree from Simpson College and his Master’s of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rom completed his pastoral care residencies in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator.