Dr. Kobak has been at the forefront of research and development efforts creating computer applications in psychology for over 25 years. Dr. Kobak was a pioneer in the development and validation of computer-based assessments to screen and diagnose psychopathology in adolescents and adults. He has worked closely with nationally and internationally renowned thought leaders to develop computer-administered psychotherapy programs. He has been responsible for creating and evaluating web-based clinical training and education for many years.
Dr. Kobak earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1996 while managing a clinical trials research unit at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Medical School. During that time he pioneered development of numerous computer-administered rating scales that are widely used in clinical drug trials today. At the 1996 annual meeting of New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit, Dr. Kobak was recognized by the National Institute on Mental Health with a New Investigator Award. Having a keen interest in cognitive behavior therapy, Dr. Kobak completed a post-doctoral internship at Rogers Memorial Hospital, a nationally recognized center for treating anxiety disorders.
He subsequently founded Research Training Associates, a consultancy group who used newly emerging technologies to develop innovative methods for training clinical raters and calibrating their performances to improve measurement reliability and validity in clinical trial research. Such technologies included interactive web-based tutorials, live remote training via videoconferencing, and automated monitoring of rater performances for quality assurance using digital audio and video. In 2002 Dr. Kobak helped launch MedAvante, now an international company, as Vice President of Research. MedAvante continues to provide remote, centralized clinical ratings as patient outcome measures in global clinical drug trials.
Dr. Kobak continues to leverage his scientific expertise and interests to stay at the forefront and technological crossroads of clinical research and development. He has been, and currently is, the Principal Investigator of multiple research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Most recently, Dr. Kobak founded the Center for Telepsychology (formerly the Center for Psychological Consultation), and devotes himself to research and development of computer applications in psychology.
Dr. Mundt has been at the forefront of developing computer-based assessment in research and treatment evaluation since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in experimental psychology in 1991, with an emphasis on human factors/engineering psychology. Prior to his current position at the Center for Telepsychology,PC, he was Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Healthcare Technology Systems. For the past 15 years he has been actively engaged in developing and validating innovative clinical applications using interactive computer technologies. Dr. Mundt has been at the forefront of developing IVR-based measures of neuropsychological functioning. He has published numerous articles addressing assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, alcohol use disorders, suicidal ideation and behavior, and cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease
He is currently engaged in research to develop and evaluate automated interactive text-messaging systems to support assessment and measure treatment response in children, adolescents, and young adults. He is collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Disease Collaborative Study in a nationwide evaluation of home-based technologies to longitudinally assess and screen older patients in support of prevention research studies. Dr. Mundt is also continuing to develop and evaluate vocal acoustic biomarkers of depression severity and treatment response in speech.
Broad research interests include evaluation of patient educational interventions in treating depression and supporting Alzheimer’s disease care-givers, development and expansion of computer-based sociotechnical systems for health care delivery, and public health screening and dissemination of educational information. He has contributed to the development and validation of a diverse range of computer-automated, telephonic clinical assessment instruments, including the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale, Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology, Short Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment, Work and Social Adjustment Scale, and multiple standard alcohol use assessment instruments.