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18 Jul 2018

Full-Time Chief Science Officer

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. – Posted by healthy minds innovations Madison, Wisconsin, United States


Job Description

Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI) is an early-stage non-profit, mission-driven organization led by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. Our focus is to promote well-being in the world by disseminating tools and services developed through research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. HMI has two goals: (1) Develop and disseminate tools and services based on neuroscientific discoveries so people can develop skills that support well-being for themselves and others, and (2) Generate revenue from these tools and services as a funding source to sustain and expand the research. These tools may be distributed directly to the general public but more likely through partnerships with mission-aligned organizations with well-established infrastructure and pipelines.

Healthy Minds Innovations is seeking an experienced scientist to provide leadership, oversight and ensure scientific integrity of innovative tools and services being developed and disseminated. HMI’s signature product, the Healthy Minds Program, is a scientifically-based program designed to cultivate emotional well-being via both in-person training and scalable, mobile-based delivery. The Chief Science Officer will build and lead a team to integrate mobile measures into the Program, design the ways in which these measures are delivered to individual users and oversee the data collection, data display and visualization, analysis and iteration. The Chief Science Officer will also lead program evaluation and collaborate with scientists at the Center for Healthy Minds and other academic centers on more formal research studies to evaluate the impact of the Program. This role also has an external presence, working with customer organizations, donors and collaborators.



  • Provide scientific leadership on the science of well-being that informs products and services provided by HMI.
  • Work with Founder Richard Davidson on all aspects of this work.
  • Ensure scientific integrity of HMI products and services.
  • Build and lead a mobile measures team.
  • Prepare scientific papers and presentations for industry and academic purposes.
  • Maintain current knowledge in the field of emotional well-being and use of mobile technology and integrate into HMI offerings.
  • Conduct speaking engagements on the science of well-being.
  • Embody HMI’s core values.
  • Collaborate with HMI team, particularly the Healthy Minds Program team.
  • Form good relationships with Center for Healthy Minds scientific staff.
  • Collaborate with Chief Development Officer on funding partnerships.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with external stakeholders.

Lead the development of mobile well-being measures that are imbedded into the Healthy Minds Program

  • Create a roadmap for integrating mobile measures and be accountable for meeting milestones.
  • Build a team dedicated to the design, development, validation and usability of mobile measures.
  • Work collaboratively with and support the Lead Scientist dedicated to behavioral/cognitive and passive device-generated measures of well-being.
  • Design metrics related to program evaluation, user experience, and others to ensure commercial success.
  • Work with the Healthy Minds design team to tailor measures to be used in various settings including workplace, healthcare, schools, for both adults and for adolescents.
  • Generate implementation insights that can be scaled across organizations and research studies (e.g., recruitment and implementation methods).

Lead the on-going development of mobile well-being measures

  • Create a roadmap and be accountable for meeting milestones for new measures-related initiatives
  • Build and lead the team.
  • Assist with commercialization plans
  • Meet with potential customers.

Oversee grant to develop mobile measures specifically for adolescents

  • Create a roadmap and meet milestones/deliverables.
  • Develop a strong relationship with the funder.
  • Ensure reporting requirements are met.
  • Build and lead the team.

Lead research and evaluation collaborations using the Healthy Minds Program/Mobile Measures with the Center for Healthy Minds, other academic partnerships and customers

  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Healthy Minds on major research projects utilizing the Healthy Minds Program.
  • Design and lead program evaluation components and use principles of design-based implementation research.

Lead and Provide Oversight to Data Management, Analysis & Reporting

  • Oversee the creation of program operational processes that result in sharable and replicable standards, protocols, procedures, and other appropriate resources.
  • Oversee HMI data management, data sharing between HMI & CHM, and compliance with terms of use and research IRB.
  • Direct data analysis in the service of program improvement and decision-making.
  • Ensure data received by users and organizations is accurate and valid.
  • Manage analytic tools through which customers receive data and reports.

Customer Relationships, Stakeholders and Communication

  • Communicate the value of scientific assessment and research features of the program to potential partners and clients.
  • Assist customers with understanding what they want to measure.
  • Scope research projects with customers and coordinate with CHM to design specific research studies. Manage these research partnerships with customers as they evolve.
  • Support business development team in the development of implementation and service related materials to support commercialization.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • PhD in Psychology or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience following post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience creating products and services that are evidence-based that have been commercially successful.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in behavioral health, digital interventions, mHealth, behavioral assessments of cognitive and affective processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading research study design and execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in design-based implementation research and evaluation.
  • Experience with multi-dimensional data organization, visualization, and statistical analysis including conducting data analysis in the service of program evaluation.
  • Passion for the mission to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering.
  • Self-motivated; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other scientific and non-scientific colleagues as well as community stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills.
  • Eligible to work in the US.
  • Be willing to work out of our Madison, Wisconsin office – this is not a remote position.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
  • HMI offers a generous benefits package.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Health and Wellness. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: clinical psychology, digital interventions, health psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, PhD, program evaluation, Psychology, and well-being.

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