Academic publications and conferences i've spoken at

Publications

Passive Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders Incorporating an Empathic Dialogue System

Pending Publication

Depression and anxiety are the two most prevalent mental health disorders worldwide, impacting the lives of millions of people each year. Current screening methods require individuals to manually complete psychometric questionnaires. In this work we develop a deep learning approach to predict psychometric scores given textual data through the use of psycholinguistics features. Data is collected via a dialogue system, were we develop and incorporate an approach to model empathy. Which aims to allow for appropriate use of these systems in a clinical setting. Following a public evaluation, we demonstrate that our approach to model empathy can out perform a similarly trained non empathic approach. Additionally, we show that our deep learning prediction approach performed well on evaluation data, but has difficulty generalizing to experimentally collected data. Limitations and implications as a result of this work are discussed.

Passive Diagnosis incorporating the PHQ-4 for Depression and Anxiety

ACL 2019

Depression and anxiety are the two most prevalent mental health disorders worldwide, impacting the lives of millions of people each year. In this work, we develop and evaluate a multilabel, multidimensional deep neural network designed to predict PHQ-4 scores based on individuals written text. Our system outperforms random baseline metrics and provides a novel approach to how we can predict psychometric scores from written text. Additionally, we explore how this architecture can be applied to analyse social media data.

Podcasts

Using design as a competitive advantage

Encoding Design, July 2022

How we used world-class visual design to attract a great team, win over customers, and get more press for Planetaria.

Programming your company operating system

How They Work Radio, September 2021

On the importance of creating systems and processes for running your business so that everyone on the team knows how to make the right decision no matter the situation.