The Urgent Need for High-Quality Virtual Behavioral Health

  • June 04, 2020
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
  • online

Prior to COVID-19, almost 7% of the U.S. adult population had a major depressive episode in the past year. More than 20% of American adults experience mental illness each year. Yet, less than half of those suffering receive treatment. Individuals with mental illness have significantly higher medical costs and a greater risk of developing chronic disease. Without treatment, patients experience lower levels of productivity, performance at work, and overall quality of life.

The ongoing crisis has exacerbated the problem. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 45% of adults in the U.S. reported their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the virus. And, as the crisis continues, anxiety caused by isolation, job loss, and uncertainty is becoming more common. Social distancing and shelter-in-place has put a stop to in-person mental health care, making virtual behavioral health care necessary.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how an increase in virtual behavioral health demand can go hand-in-hand with an improvement in outcomes. In a recent study, Doctor On Demand analyzed patients with a clinical depression diagnosis. We’ll examine the results of this study, which highlight the value of virtual behavioral health. Additionally, we’ll address the short-term and long-term mental health implications of COVID-19 and the new consumer expectations for care.

Attendees will learn:

  • PHQ-9 outcomes for Psychiatry and Behavioral Therapy patients
  • The evolving consumer expectations of behavioral health treatment
  • Short and long-term implications of COVID-19 for mental health needs


Nikole Benders-Hadi, MD
Behavioral Health Medical Director
Doctor On Demand

Nikole Benders-Hadi, MD is an experienced Psychiatrist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Dr. Benders-Hadi currently serves as the Medical Director for Doctor On Demand’s Behavioral Health practice. She is skilled in clinical supervision, healthcare management, clinical research, and Behavioral Health. Dr. Benders-Hadi is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University.

Dan Lieberman
General Manager, Behavioral Health
Doctor On Demand

Dan Lieberman currently serves as the General Manager of Doctor On Demand’s Behavioral Health practice. He has previously served in a number of marketing and strategic leadership roles at health technology companies, behavioral health managed care organizations, and health plans. Mr. Lieberman completed his MBA at Harvard Business School and BA at Yale University.

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