Brian Kay is the director of quality and clinical effectiveness for Rogers Memorial Hospital. As part of that role, he is supervising the Cognitive Bias Modification research team, managing the logistics of the iPhone app software development, and overseeing the studies pertaining to its use.
Brian comes to the research study after working in a variety of positions at Rogers, from data entry in the outcomes department while completing his undergraduate studies to working as a residential counselor in the Eating Disorder Center and later as a pool behavioral specialist where he had the opportunity to travel to different campuses. During that time, he began to work with Dr. Riemann, analyzing data and outcomes from previous OCD patients. Brian left Rogers from 2013-2015 to work for a global healthcare company, leading their mobile development and web teams, building and defining next-generation healthcare workforce software. He returned to Rogers in 2015 to step into his current role.
“The ability to treat anxiety and depression through a mobile app is extremely interesting to me,” explained Brian about what led him to the study team. “With the prevalence of mental health issues worldwide, and the lack of evidence-based treatment providers, it’s necessary to provide individuals with effective evidence-based treatment. It’s also fantastic that we are potentially building a platform for individuals to seek this type of treatment in their own homes. The research has the potential to affect countless individuals.”
“We are entering an era where treatment is leaving the hospital and becoming accessible in a wide range of settings,” added Brian. “This application is the epitome of this.”
Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marquette University and a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in healthcare informatics.