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Dr Derek Richards

Chief Science Officer, SilverCloud Health (PhD, MSc)

What is the future for mental health with advances in technology?

As Chief Science Officer at SilverCloud health, Derek Richards is part of the executive team that decides on the strategic direction of the company and the execution of the strategic objectives for success. Over the past years, he has helped build a successful enterprise which gained significant market traction. Their success built on their robust empirical research base. As Chief Science Officer, Derek knows that a central aspect of where the organisation is going is the continued attention to research. They have a vigorous research strategy that supports the commercial strategy that they are committed to successfully realising.


As Director of the e-mental health group at the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Derek is involved in understanding how he and his team can leverage technologies to benefit mental health, health in general and our wellbeing. Digital health’s contribution to mental and behavioural healthcare has been significant, but they also know that we have most likely only begun to scratch the surface of the potential that current and emerging technologies can offer. It is a fascinating and innovative time for psychological science as it embraces technology to support the dissemination and greater access and reach to evidence-based treatments, preventative programmes and for the first time the potential to globalise these efforts. In collaboration with our partners, they are exploring many new avenues of implementation and research using online delivered interventions.