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    Online Therapy: Current Trends, Challenges and Future Directions

    The Institute of Cybermedicine ( and the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School cordially invites you to:

    A roundtable discussion

    "Online Therapy: Current Trends, Challenges and Future Directions"

    Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at the Harvard Club

    6:30 pm reception 7:00 8:30 pm program

    374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

    Speakers: John Grohol, COO,; Ralph Musicant, CEO, My Therapy Network LLC; Tom Ferguson, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Texas-Houston

    Seating is limited. Reserve by Feb. 1: Marion Walsh, 617-855-2723, [email protected]

    Supported by an unrestricted educational gift from eHealthRewards, Inc.

    Purpose of the program

    The Institute of Cybermedicine has organized an expert roundtable discussion enabling attendees to learn first hand about the dramatic changes to the delivery of behavioral health care by advances in information technology. A distinguished panel of experts from consumer health, ehealth, and academic research will explore emerging issues pertaining to the impact of developments in online therapy on many audiences: consumers, federal regulators, healthcare providers, and suppliers.

    Discussion topics will include

    • What are the expected trends in the delivery of online therapy?
    • Can we evaluate current innovations and, if so, what is the assessment of efficacy?
    • How can online therapy be used to the strategic fiscal advantage of an organization?
    • Should there be a standard of care applied to online therapy (i.e., disclosures and safeguards that satisfy regulators without impinging on access)?
    • Can online therapy deliver on the promise of increased access to care without sacrificing quality both at home and abroad?

    Please circulate this announcement to interested colleagues.

    About the Institute of Cybermedicine

    The Institute of Cybermedicine is part of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The Institute is dedicated to research and education in the field of behavioral informatics the application of information technology to psychiatry and behavioral medicine and seeks to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative applications of information technology to promote health, prevent illness, and treat disease.


    Tom Ferguson, MD, is editor and publisher of The Ferguson Report, the industry newsletter of online health. He has been a pioneering advocate of self-help and self-care for more than twenty years. He founded the influential journal Medical Self-Care and the SelfCare catalog (, a direct retailer of tools to help people take care of their health. Ferguson is adjunct associate professor of health informatics at the University of Texas Medical Sciences Center in Houston. Ferguson received his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine.

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is the chief operating officer of, an Internet company helping to connect clients to their clinicians in a safe, secure, and supportive online environment. A pioneer in psychology online since 1991, Grohol was founder and editor-in-chief of Perspectives: A Mental Health Magazine; associate editor of Behavior Online; and associate editor for the print journal, Journal of Technology in Human Services. Grohol is author of the definitive reference, The Insiders Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford, 2000 edition) and is on the faculty at the Cape Cod Institute.

    Ralph C. Musicant, J.D., is the founder and chief executive officer of My Therapy Network LLC. Musicant is a Harvard Law School graduate who has founded and operated start-up companies in a variety of industries, including natural resource development, magazines and comic book publishing, direct mail and computer services. Musicant previously was Martin C. Remer Visiting Distinguished Professor of Finance at Northwestern Universitys Kellogg School of Management.


    Harvey S. Waxman, Ph.D, is a psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. He is instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His clinical specialties are workplace psychology and career issues. His major research interests include the presentation of the self online, online interpersonal relationships and psychological growth and transformation online. Waxman is the recipient of the Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship and is past president of the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Psychologists. He is director of the Program for the Internet and Behavior.

    Jeffrey Blander, M.S. has specialized in the design and development of automated clinical outcomes and applied research information management systems. He is currently the consultant for business development for the Institute of Cybermedicine. He is an assistant director for the course, "Technology and the Future of the Healthcare System," for the Health Science & Technology program, M.I.T. and Harvard Medical School. Blander has a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School/Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, an M.A. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and is a doctoral student at Harvard in health and social behavior.

    Steven Locke, M.D. is director of the Institute of Cybermedicine and Chief of Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He is associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and associate professor of Health Sciences and Technology at M.I.T. Dr. Locke's clinical specialties include cybermedicine, psychiatric informatics, and behavioral medicine. His primary research interest is behavioral/primary care health services research. He is a co-investigator on the NIMH Research Infrastructure Support Program grant to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration.

    Directions to Harvard Club:

    From Mass. Pike, take Copley Square/Prudential exit. Follow Prudential signs (bearing left). Leaving exit, stay in right lane; turn right at first light, bearing right at fork, and traveling between Back Bay Hilton Hotel and Sheraton Boston Hotel. At light, cross Boylston Street (passing to the right of the fire station) and take a left onto Newbury St., following to Massachusetts Ave. Go straight across Mass. Ave., staying on Newbury. Harvard Club parking lot is 100 yards down on right side. Parking fee is $5/hour. From Storrow Drive, take Fenway/Kenmore exit. At second set of lights off exit, turn left onto Commonwealth Ave. The Harvard Club is on your right at the next set of lights (at intersection of Mass. Ave. and Commonwealth Ave.). Turn right onto Mass Ave. to next light. Turn right and lot is on your right (415 Newbury St.) about 100 yards down.

    If you would like to be taken off the mail list (concerning notification of future IOC roundtables and programs), reach [email protected]

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