Dr. Danielle Ramo, from HopeLab joined me this week to talk about the launch of the Nod app. Nod was built by HopeLab in collaboration with Grit Digital Health. Nod’s mission is to reduce loneliness in young people and to prevent adverse effects during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Danielle is a clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of Research at HopeLab, which is a non-profit social innovation lab based in San Francisco creating behavior change tech to help teens and young adults live happier, healthier lives. Danielle has worked extensively on projects ranging from addressing loneliness among college students, teen vaping, mental health of young parents, young people with cancer, and a multitude of others. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco, leading a research program at the intersection of substance use and digital mental health. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and publications on drug use and mental health.
More on the Nod app: Download in Apple and Google Play stores, Nod one pager, Press Release on Launch of Nod
Connect with Danielle and her work: LinkedIn, Danielle’s website, Danielle’s recent article in Thrive Global on ways college students can deal with loneliness during the COVID pandemic
HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT:
HopeLab and Grit Digital Health worked together to co-create an app called Nod. Nod addresses loneliness among college-aged young people who can often be overwhelmed by the changes they experience in their environment and in how social connections are made when they get to college. College is a risky time in a young person’s life and better interventions are needed. This was the motivation for creating Nod.
Nod is an app that allows young people to notice and address misconceptions they had about making social connections. Friendships do not come easy, however, there is this expectation for many young people entering college that these new friendships should come easy. Nod works to help young people realize this is not always the case and that we all must work hard to make real social connections and that it’s a skill we can work to improve. Two main features:
The Nod app is free for all college students right now. The app will remain free while the shelter in place order is in effect and while we are practicing social distancing.
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