Meet the leaders who are working to make quality mental health care accessible to all.
Alison Darcy, PhD
Founder & President
Alison is a clinical research psychologist and health tech visionary dedicated to creating smart, scalable and accessible mental healthcare solutions. Her work to explore how digital treatments can help solve human problems began more than 20 years ago, when she created one of the first online support groups for people with eating disorders. That work led to PhD level studies in psychology at University College Dublin and post-doctoral training at Stanford School of Medicine and with the American Psychiatric Association. At Stanford, Alison also worked with AI pioneer Andrew Ng to explore the intersection of AI and healthcare, leading his Health Innovation Lab in Computer Science. A frequent speaker on digital therapeutics design and development, barriers to care and engagement, Alison has authored more than 40 publications and been awarded research grants and contracts from the NIH, the Davis Foundation and APA. She is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of Stanford’s School of Medicine. Alison holds a PhD, an MLitt and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University College Dublin.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience driving growth for some of the world’s top consumer technology and digital health companies, including AOL Inc., Motorola, TomTom, PatientsLikeMe and The Learning Corp. A champion of solutions-driven consumer and health technology, Michael was previously CEO of The Learning Corp, where he led the digital therapeutics company as it scaled operations, achieved double digit growth, and delivered an expanded set of advanced software solutions for people living with neurological conditions. Before that Michael was the Global Executive Vice President of Marketing, Operations and Product for PatientsLikeMe. In that position he led teams across marketing, UX/Design, product management, strategic partnerships and business intelligence. Under his leadership the company expanded from a 30-person startup into a 180-person industry leader, tripled its member base, and strengthened its global impact with strategic business partnerships. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Michael was President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products. His geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Tele Atlas business unit. Michael has also held senior marketing positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner.
Athena Robinson, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Athena Robinson, PhD is Chief Clinical Officer at Woebot Health and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. At Woebot Health, Athena oversees the company’s regulatory strategy and overall program of research, as well as the empirically-supported psychotherapeutic underpinnings of the Woebot Health products. Athena’s areas of expertise include evidence-based digital therapeutics, implementation science, and treatment-outcome behavioral health research. She is the recipient of a number of research awards and fellowships, including from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the NCAA, and Stanford University. Athena is also the author of dozens of original peer-reviewed research publications, articles, books and book chapters on subjects ranging from digital mental health technology to eating disorders and professional well being, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several professional psychiatric and clinical psychology journals. Athena holds a PhD with a specialty in behavioral medicine from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University, an MS in clinical psychology from San Diego State University and a BA in psychology and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. An expert in evidence-based interventions for a variety of psychiatric indications among both adults and adolescents, Athena is also a licensed clinical psychologist and continues her private practice in the state of California.
Chief Technology Officer
Casey is passionate about using math and software to improve lives. Prior to joining Woebot Health, Casey was Vice President of Engineering at Samasource, where he helped reduce poverty by creating data labeling work for people in Uganda and Nairobi that was used to train autonomous driving and NLP algorithms. Before that he founded and was CTO of Alt12 Apps, a female-focused digital health company that was acquired by The Honest Company. Casey holds three bachelors degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in mathematics, philosophy and management science. He has also studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) under Steve Hayes at the University of Nevada and was a research assistant in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) at Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle.