Lauren Wolfe is a licensed clinical psychologist focusing on using technology to deliver psychological care to patients for whom the barriers are too great to receive face-to-face care. She is the co-founder of Kick Health, a startup building mobile apps that make quality mental healthcare accessible for people with shyness, social anxiety, and depression. With Kick, Dr. Wolfe is piloting a new and positive approach to mental health care, rebranding mental health treatments and behavior change regimes so they are engaging and destigmatizing.
Dr. Wolfe is a member of the faculty at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, one of the largest private academic medical centers in California, where she oversees training programs for postdoctoral health psychology fellows and predoctoral interns. She is an expert on the psychological aspects of illness and medical treatment, and has focused on the areas of chronic pain, primary care, cardiology, oncology, and substance addiction, especially tobacco dependence. In addition, Dr. Wolfe has been an invited lecturer on the topic of how healthcare providers can utilize effective communication and motivational enhancement skills to create behavior change and improved outcomes for their patients.
Dr. Wolfe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University – Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Working with her advisor, Philip Zimbardo (Stanford prison experiment), her thesis described the impact of Facebook on romantic relationships.