Listen as Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh shares his entrepreneurial journey, exciting work at Brain Power, and the future of Psychiatry.

The ModernMD: Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh

Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh is the Director of Digital Health at Brain Power, a company that builds neuroscience-based software and hardware that transform current wearable computers into neuro-assistive and educational devices for autism. He is the Innovation Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy and Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Vahabzadeh is widely published in clinical neuroscience, digital health, and medical communication.


“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”



Arshya trained as family physician at Royal College of General Practitioners in United Kingdom and was struck by the severe need for behavioral health and mental health services in daily clinical practice. To help large populations with behavioral/mental health, he pursed further training to become an academic psychiatrist in the United States. He completed psychiatry residency training at Emory University School of Medicine and his child and adolescent fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Towards the end of his fellowship training, Arshya was looking to explore how to make the biggest impact in his field. Listen as Arshya shares how he balances his full-time clinical role treating patients in emergency room and maximum security prison with his entrepreneurial work in the digital health space.


The Idea: How can wearable technology address educational and behavioral needs for autism? Listen as Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh shares his exciting work at Brain Power, a technology company that has developed the world’s first wearable educational system for autism which is based on brain science from MIT and Harvard, and built on a hardware-enhanced smart-glass.

Insights: Listening to families with children with autism allows for measurement of important outcomes not classically measured…. Such as wondering! Brain Power uses of personalization and on-demand approach with machine learning and customization to best serve their patients.

Success: Brain Power leverages smart glass technology, big data, and predictive analytics, to help children learn how their unique brains learns.

Lesson Learned: Listen to the people you are trying to serve, obtain advice from the key people in your field, but keep in mind that big discoveries are not being made by people who are not willing to take risks.


Best Advice: Surround yourself with strong, supportive, and top notch people.

Daily Success Habit: Exercises daily, eats small regular meals, and brings a two-day food survival kit food with different protein shakes and snacks during long clinical days.

Healthcare Trends: Listen as Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh shares some of the most exciting trends in healthcare including: the future of psychiatry, big data, wearables, patient empowerment, and Neurotechnology.


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