HG’s Scientific Advisory Board is made up of a range of mental health experts aimed at obtaining ongoing, constructive feedback to ensure ethical standards are followed, high areas of client concern are met, and HG resources keep pace with modern stressors and the latest research.
Dr. Jessica King Bailey, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the complex interaction between mental and physical health. Dr. Bailey served as an attending psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and as clinical faculty at The Ohio State University, School of Medicine, where she promoted the integration of mental health into pediatric medicine. Now, in her own private practice in Columbus, Ohio, she continues to specialize in health psychology treating complex anxiety and traumatic stress disorders. Truly the epitome of stumbling upward, Dr Bailey is from rural Appalachia and found herself training and working in numerous clinical settings including community mental health, college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, residential settings, and medical environments with physically, culturally, and ethnically diverse and minority populations. She brings a unique perspective to the modern mental health world and is committed to thinking outside of the traditional therapy room. To cope with her own anxiety, she developed an interest in gaming as a child, quickly recognizing the ability of the gaming community to create connections. She continues to promote the de-stigmatization of gaming and of mental health. She is an instructor for (and alumni of) Eastern Kentucky University where she teaches career development for mental health professionals while promoting the role of ally for the LGBTQIA+ population in isolated communities.
Dr. Michael Hsu, MD is a resident psychiatrist and is currently the chief resident of outpatient psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He was born and raised in Maryland and grew up with a family of avid gamers and tennis players. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in business and computational biology, he worked for a year at a global healthcare consulting firm before pursuing a medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following residency, he will pursue a one-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Emory University. He was awarded the 2021-2022 American Psychiatric Association (APA) / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Minority Fellowship and the 2020 John Renner Travel Award by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). He is passionate about healthcare equity and holistic/integrative approaches to mental health care and has written and presented about internet gaming disorder, healthcare equity in addiction treatment, cannabis, and digital psychiatry. Dr. Hsu is very excited to be part of the Healthy Gamer team and to advocate for a mentally healthier generation of gamers and internet users!
Dr. Komrad is a psychiatrist on the teaching faculty of Johns Hopkins and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland and Tulane. He earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics at Yale University, his M.D. degree at Duke Medical School, and trained in internal medicine and psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He continues to train residents in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland. He previously chaired the Ethics Committee and ethics consultation service for the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Maryland for over 25 years. He served on the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association for 6 years, which oversees ethics and professionalism for psychiatry in the U.S. He is the proud father of a digital creator who is the director of a video game design and development company.
Dr. Komrad was elected by his peers to the prestigious “American College of Psychiatrists”, named as a "Distinguished Fellow" of the American Psychiatric Association, and profiled as "One of Maryland's Top Mental Health Practitioners" by Baltimore Magazine, and separately named as one of the “Top Doctors,” in Baltimore.
Coach Emmy Marie is a trauma survivor, certified trauma-informed coach, writer, and educator with a mission to help others reclaim their power, reject shame, and walk boldly towards a life of balance, freedom, and joy. Her mission is to help trauma survivors who are stuck in cycles of shame, fear, and self-sabotage break out of the boxes that trauma put them in and find wholeness, joy, and radical self-acceptance. Coach Emmy Marie's work includes 1:1 coaching, courses, and hosting a monthly membership community for Trauma survivors, which helps them gather, learn and grow together. She has published articles and has been interviewed on various podcasts to discuss her journey and the countless people she has helped reclaim their power.
Dr. Courtney Tracy, LCSW, PsyD is a world-renowned psychotherapist, clinical entrepreneur, and mental health content creator known as The Truth Doctor. After creating a platform of almost two million people seeking relatable, no-BS mental health information, she sold her first business and dedicated herself to helping people through her Truth Doctor platform. She teaches people about how their mind and body work, and puts all her efforts into de-stigmatizing mental health in all sectors of our existence from education to employment, parenting and the media, including social media. To date, she's helped almost two million people shift their perspective about their own and others mental health, and has given away over one million dollars worth of free mental health education.
Dr. Micaela Thordarson, PsyD (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing at Children’s Hospital of Orange County where she runs an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and their families. She has practiced in a wide range of settings including integrated primary care, residential treatment, inpatient, outpatient, and schools. Dr. Thordarson delivers mental health education to schools as well as professional presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Thordarson loves working with youth so that she always has a good reason not to “act her age” and so that she remembers not to take herself *too* seriously. When she isn’t working, Dr. Thordarson is reading or watching anything with battle scenes, dragons, magic, or elves.. After creating a platform of almost two million people seeking relatable, no-BS mental health information, she sold her first business and dedicated herself to helping people through her Truth Doctor platform. She teaches people about how their mind and body work, and puts all her efforts into de-stigmatizing mental health in all sectors of our existence from education to employment, parenting and the media, including social media. To date, she's helped almost two million people shift their perspective about their own and others mental health, and has given away over one million dollars worth of free mental health education.