Dr. Abhishek Pratap is new to the KCNI team as an Independent Scientist and leads the Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health group. He ultimately wants his research at KCNI to help improve our understanding of what mental health assessment and mediation mechanisms work for whom, when, and for how long to help improve long-term outcomes.
Before joining CAMH/KCNI, Dr. Pratap was a Principal Scientist at Sage Bionetworks (a nonprofit research organization in Seattle, USA). Abhi has over 10 years of experience in biomedical informatics research. At Sage, he led the scientific design, development, and deployment of several real-world digital health studies that assessed personalized lived experiences in neurological and psychiatric diseases.
His current research focuses on the development, verification, and validation of fit-for-purpose real-world digital endpoints related to mental and neurological diseases using machine learning/AI approaches. He is also interested in the assessment of potential biases in gathering health data in an uncontrolled real-world setting. To do so, Dr. Pratap has collaborated with various stakeholders in the academic, pharmaceutical, and technology industries to highlight empirical challenges and potential solutions. Some of his recent/on-going projects include 1) Predicting real-world temporal risk factors of self-harm/suicide, 2) Mobile Toolbox - to assess cognitive functioning using smartphones, 3) Global Mental Health Databank - a pilot project to assess the feasibility of collecting mental health data from youth globally, and 4) Design of a digital mood assessment app protocol to fit the needs of a diverse NIH’s AllofUSTM research participant cohort.
View Dr. Pratap’s publications on Google Scholar.