Our multidisciplinary team of experts with backgrounds in academia, mental health research, and technology collaborators such as Google, are helping revolutionize the approach to mental healthcare in youth.

Leadership Team

Dr. Yared Alemu

Dr. Yared Alemu

Founder and CEO

Dr. Alemu has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist, clinical supervisor, researcher, and administrator. He is an expert in digital mental healthcare and using technology to support precision and individualized treatment approaches to mental health treatment. TQI’s voice biomarker product, Clarity AI, provides objective insights into the impact of trauma on the human brain. Most importantly, the technology Dr. Alemu’s team develops translates these objective insights into clinical application to support therapists in a problematic clinical setting to improve the quality of young lives.

These brain-based insights are essential for the system of care that provides mental health services for 5-Million children and adolescents from low-income families; despite an investment of 250 billion annually, there is limited evidence that it has made a tangible difference in the lives of youth from low-income communities. TQI’s digital mental health solutions address the stubborn disparities in mental health treatment outcomes. We are working with providers, payers, policymakers, and families to improve the quality of life for young people collaboratively.

Betty Abegaz

Betty Abegaz

Intern

Betty is an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University studying Education and Psychology and joined TQIntelligence in May of 2022. At TQIntelligence, she helps with web design, digital marketing, and research.

Preeti Kota

Preeti Kota

Intern

Preeti is an undergraduate student at Georgetown studying Psychology and joined TQIntelligence inMay 2022. At TQIntelligence, she helps with research and digital marketing.

Desmond Caulley

Desmond Caulley

Senior Researcher
Desmond Caulley is a machine learning Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in the area of speaker identification and speech recognition. His current research involves the automatic analysis of audio recordings from children with autism spectrum disorder to measure language progression and treatment effectiveness. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. His research background includes work at the MIT Lincoln Lab.

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Sedara Burson, LPC, MAC, CPCS

Director of Technology Implementation and Customer Engagement

Sedara, is responsible for designing and implementing programs to improve therapist participation and ensure maximum engagement by clients and customers. Sedara has worked in Corporate America, the nonprofit sector, community mental health clinics, hospital settings and academia.  Her passion is to serve others through training, education, and supervision.  She has 13 years of clinical experience and 6 years of Behavioral Health Management experience. She is also an author of children’s books. Her latest book was featured at The King Center’s Students with King Reading Corner.

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Mark Feinberg

COO

Mark is Managing Partner of Feinberg Capital Advisors (“FCA”), a boutique investment & advisory firm and is an investor and also served as CEO of multiple high growth multi-million dollar retail services and e-commerce companies of which is currently in the process of being sold. 

Mark has invested in, and started and sold multiple companies across retail services, technology and CPG and for a period of time managed Feinberg Capital Partners LLP a multi-billion dollar multi-family investment firm.  

Mark has held numerous board positions and also served as COO and CFO for High Road/Ciao Bella Ice Cream. 

Prior to becoming an investor and operator,  Mark has also held numerous senior-level roles with Ernst & Young & IBM.  

Mark is a co-host of Tough To Talk About, a partner in On The Ground Holdings (an incubator focused on improving the mental health of our youth and young adults), a founding partner of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, is a lead mentor at The Farm (Comcast/NBC internal incubator), and serves an advisor to multiple companies and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and graduated from Goizueta Business School at Emory (MBA02, BBA96).

The Scientific Advisory / Voice Analytics Team

Dr Pegah

Dr. Pegah Moghaddam

A clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders. She typically works with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.

Dr. Michelle K. Lyn

Dr. Michelle K. Lyn

A licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings including Private Practice, Collegiate Mental Health, and Veterans’ Affairs. She provides consultation services and specializes in cultural diversity, identity development, women’s issues, and grief and loss.

Dr. Ashutosh Sabharwal, Lead Scientific Advisor

Dr. Ashutosh Sabharwal, Lead Scientific Advisor

A Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. One area of his research is healthcare technologies. He is currently leading several NSF-funded center-scale projects and is the Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Shreece Fields

Dr. Shreece Fields

An Associate Professor and the Associate Head of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of health-risk behaviors in adolescents and emerging adults specifically for use in disadvantaged populations.
David D. Anderson

David D. Anderson

Serves on the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Ph.D. program, and the BioEngineering Ph.D program. Dr. Anderson was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in the same year. Dr. Anderson is a senior member of the IEEE and has over 200 publications.
Dr. Rosa Arriaga

Dr. Rosa Arriaga

Dr. Arriaga is a developmental psychologist in the School of Interactive Computing. Her emphasis is on using psychological theories and methods to address fundamental topics of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Computing. Her current research interest is in the area of chronic care management. She has also tested the hypothesis that technological systems designed with principles of behavior change can be effective across different clinical populations (e.g., both asthma and diabetes).
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The Advisory Board

Barry Etra

Barry Etra

Barry Etra runs two forums in Atlanta that match early-stage companies with investors. The first is the RAISE Forum, which connects early-stage companies in the South East with active SE investors to fund local companies to help keep them in the SE. Barry also plays a leadership role in the Atlanta chapter of the Keiretsu Forum.

Mark Washington

Mark has devoted decades to focus on making lives better for children, youth, and their families, and has experience with Software-as-a-Service startups and venture capital-backed companies to accelerate the growth of healthcare and social service technologies. Mark has also been appointed to lead state government agencies, where he worked with family and child services and oversaw thousands of staff and contracted providers.

Gregor Hoffman

Gregor Hoffman

Gregor Hoffman is an Advisor at TQ Intelligence. Gregor was on the founding team of an early telepsychiatry startup through its acquisition by Optum. He works with health plans and startups alike on go-to-market strategies, to bring solutions to underserved people with mental health conditions. He recently left a corporate role as VP of Growth & Marketing to focus on his startup portfolio, including TQ Intelligence.
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Dominic McDonald

Senior Director of Oncology R&D Business Development
Dominic McDonald is a Senior Director of Oncology R&D Business Development at AstraZeneca.  Throughout his career, Dominic has been a strategic leader & thought partner.  While at Genentech / Roche, he served as an internal consultant to drug development teams supporting decision making from preclinical through phase 3, ensuring that oncology therapeutics developed would be viable globally.  At AstraZeneca, he initially was a part of the global commercial launch team of a leukemia therapeutic.   Currently, Dominic sits on the Search & Evaluation team identifying external innovation to support the AstraZeneca oncology portfolio.  Dominic holds a BS in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He resides in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

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