Fireside Chat With Dr. Tom Insel

Fireside Chat With Dr. Tom Insel

About this Webinar

President and Co-Founder of Opeeka, Dr. Kate Cordell welcomes Dr. Tom Insel for a fireside chat. A psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology, Dr. Insel will discuss his most recent venture Vanna Health, a start-up helping people with serious mental illness engage in psychosocial supportive care and reflect on his recent book “Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health”, a bold, expert, and actionable map for the re-invention of America’s broken mental health care system.

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Dr. Kate Cordell

Dr. Kate Cordell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder at Opeeka

Dr. Cordell is a nationwide thought leader for behavioral health technology, integrating data systems to support a whole- person approach to care. She has built models for federal, state, county, healthcare provider and community-based agencies to convert behavioral health and social program data into decisions and decisions into positive outcomes. Dr. Cordell works to identify whether individuals and families are improving during care. She is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex but also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses longitudinal analysis methods to model the changing patterns in these complex tapestries, hoping to identify common elements of design.


Dr. Tom Insel

Tom Insel, M.D.

Psychiatrist-Neuroscientist, Author, Entrepreneur, Mental Health Advocate, Co-founder and Executive Chair at Vanna Health, Former NIMH Director

Tom lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More recently, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (2015-2017); co-founded Mindstrong Health (2017-2019), a start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness; and served as a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom (2019), helping on behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. In 2022, he joined Vanna Health as a co-founder and executive chair. Vanna Health is a start-up helping people with serious mental illness engage in psychosocial supportive care. He currently serves on the boards of Foundation for NIH, Fountain House, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, and the Steinberg Institute (Chair, 2019-2022) as well as being an advisor to several mental health start-ups (including Alto Neuroscience, Cerebral, Compass Pathways, Owl Insights, Koa Health, Valera Health). He is the author of Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health(Penguin Random House, 2022). With journalist co-founders, he launched MindSite News (, a non-profit digital publication focused on mental health issues. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.

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