Scientific Advisory Board

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.

Meet Our Board Members!

Dr. Jessica King Bailey

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Dr. Michael Hsu


Dr. Michael Hsu is an addiction psychiatrist on the teaching faculty of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his Psychiatry residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School where he was chief resident of outpatient psychiatry. He works in a clinic that treats Veterans experiencing homelessness with serious mental illness and substance use disorders and has a small private practice in LA. He is a federally funded researcher and has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on the topics of addiction, digital psychiatry, and homelessness. He has given numerous talks at universities and national conferences on the topics of gaming, cannabis, and addiction. He is also passionate about health equity and the intersection of spirituality and mental health. Dr. Hsu was born and raised in Maryland amidst a family of avid gamers. His all-time favorite games are Skyrim, Super Smash Brothers Melee, Pokémon HeartGold, and League of Legends.

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Dr. Mark S. Komrad


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.

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Coach Emmy Marie

Trauma-trained Coach + NARM Practitioner

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.

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Dr. Micaela Thordarson

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Dr. Christina Yoneshige, MD


Dr. Yoneshige is a psychiatrist who brings unique perspectives drawn from her background in computer science and stint as a semi-professional video gamer. These eclectic experiences afford her a keen understanding of the dynamic culture and intricacies of digital environments. As a clinician, Dr. Yoneshige is dedicated to helping individuals manage their relationship with technology and harness it in a way that aligns their values, goals, and wellbeing. Beyond direct patient care, she is committed to advancing mental health care in the digital age through research and her role as a clinical informaticist where she is constantly leveraging technology to make healthcare more accessible, efficient, and safe. Dr. Yoneshige earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency training at the University of Hawaii, where she is an assistant professor and actively involved in training the next generation of physicians.

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