Who i am

 

I have a vision on how to turn this pandemic into golden 3 opportunities to advance psychiatry. Listen to the less-than-3 minutes video about what we can do with these opportunities.

Opportunity #1: The pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health to the general public.

Opportunity #2: The pandemic has propelled the shortage of mental health clinicians into national attention.

Opportunity #3: There are many telehealth, licensing, parity, and reimbursement policies that are still evolving.

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Innovator. Advocate. Change Maker

We are in a crucial period of societal flux which requires an innovator with the tenacity to problem-solve in creative ways. We need someone who is proactive instead of reactive. I am the person for this job.

While passion and knowledge are prerequisites to create positive change, they work best coupled with an understanding of board governance and the processes involved in organizational change. As a board member, I will examine our processes, because some processes meant to strengthen our organization and unite our profession may be inefficient for the fast-paced 21st century.

My expertise in telepsychiatry and formal board governance training makes me the ideal candidate to identify and implement timely solutions.

Medical Director of Telehealth

For the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Medical Director of Telehealth:

  • Led the development of 5 new telepsychiatry services within 1.5 years, including securing a partnership with a community mental health clinic, prior to the pandemic.
  • I led the transition to telehealth services for over 280 staff during the pandemic.
  • AACAP Telepsychiatry Committee Member (Current)
  • American Telemedicine Association (ATA)’s Telemental Health Committee and ATA’s Data for Telehealth Value Workgroup.

Experienced Board Member 

  • Past RFM Board of Trustee with the Georgia Psychiatric Physician Association, 
  • Recent RFM Board Member (2016-2018) of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
  • National Formal Training to be a Board Member on a William Penn Foundation’s Nonprofit through University of Pennsylvania’s DiverseForce of Board Training Program.

Mental Health Stigma Buster 

  • The pandemic has propelled mental health into the forefront of national conversations.
  • This is a tremendous opportunity for psychiatry to assume its rightful leadership in mental healthcare, especially with educating the public on the training requirement and the role we have on a mental healthcare team. This is important for advocating for scope of practice issues.
  • Through Instagram Q&As with APA experts, virtual group support and seminars, I am engaging the public with aims to destigmatize mental health. Visit my social media to learn more.

Clinical Informatics & Technology Expert

 

  • Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Candidate ’21 
  • AACAP Healthcare Information Technology Committee Member  (Current)
  • AACAP Telepsychiatry Committee Member (Current)
  • Current research focus is developing digital health for suicide risk screening in primary care settings, and connecting those with suicide risks to care.
  • eClinicalWorks Consultant – Workflow and EHR Design
  • Mount Sinai Innovation Partners Fellow
  • APA Committee on Mental Health Technology.

Dedicated to the APA

 

 

  • American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Assembly Representative for the Asian American Caucus. (Current)
  • Consistent Annual APA PAC Contributor (Current)
  • Assembly’s Access to Care Committee Member (Current)
  • Worked weekly with APA staff on development of the APA National Registry, PsychPRO for 2 years
  • APA Foundation’s Public Psychiatry Fellow
  • Worked monthly in the redevelopment of APA Foundation’s Typical or Troubled Program, now “Notice. Talk. Act.” for 9 months.
  • Council of Quality Care Member

Innovative Educator

 

 

  • Helped developed the National Pediatric Telepsychiatry Curriculum for GME and CME Learning with AACAP Telepsychiatry Committee
  • Adapted the Curriculum to CAP at CHOP within 3 months. As of Nov 2020, all second year fellows has completed two years of didactics.
  • CHOP Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education’s Award 2020
  • Conducted a NY state-wide survey on curriculum and training needs on autism and intellectual disabilities of training programs
  • Spoke at a United Nations Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on how collaborative care can improve access to mental health care.

My Track Record

Education and Training

University of Pennsylvania Impact ED’s DiverseForce on Board Program Formal Training to be on a nonprofit board supported by the William Penn Foundation (Current)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Leaders in Quality Improvement Training Program (2019)

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2016-2018)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinical Fellow Physician

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (2018)
Fellows Program

Emory University School of Medicine (2013-2016)
Adult Psychiatry Resident Physician, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute (2014-2016)
Academic Associate, two year training program 

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2009-2013)
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with Distinction in Research

The University of Texas at Austin (2006-2008)
Bachelor of Science, Human Biology, Public Health Concentration with Business Foundations

Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science (2004-2006) High School Diploma with 2 years of college credits. 

 

Experience

Professional Background:

  • DiverseForce on Board Training Program through University of Pennsylvania ImpactED (Current)
  • Medical Director of Telehealth – Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Current)
  • Assistant Professor – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Current)
  • Advisor – Dreamit Ventures (Current)
  • Founder and Co-Chair – Mount Sinai innovators Group
  • Consultant – eClinicalWorks
  • Founder – UTSW Dallas- Fort Worth Hepatitis B Free Project

American Psychiatric Association (APA):

  • Assembly Representative for Asian American Caucus (Current)
  • Consistent Annual APA PAC Contributor (Current)
  • Assembly’s Access to Care Committee Member
  • APA Foundation’s Public Psychiatry Fellow
  • APA National Registry, PsychPRO – Consultant
  • APA Foundation’s Typical or Troubled Program – Redevelopment Consultant
  • Council of Quality Care Member
  • Georgia Psychiatric Physician Association Board Member

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP):

  • Regional Council of Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey
    • Executive Committee Member (Current)
    • Early Career Psychiatry Committee Chair (Current)
  • Healthcare Information Technology Committee Member  (Current)
  • Telepsychiatry Committee Member (Current)
  • John E. Schowalter Resident-Fellow-Member on Council (Board of Trustee Member)
  • Medical Student Resident Committee Co-Chair 
  • Quality Issues Consensus Group for Telepsychiatry Policy Update 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability Committee Member

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP):

Volunteering

NAMI PHILADELPHIA
An affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which provides information and support to people with mental illness, their families, caregivers, and friends.

Dr. Vo volunteers her time in hosting mental health wellness events with NAMI Philly. Her focus is on college and graduate school mental health and she has hosted events for Drexel students and several medical schools in the Northeast. Furthermore, Dr. Vo provides complimentary 1:1 coaching sessions to those who call NAMI Philly for help.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY HACKATHON
AA hackathon is a marathon software product creation event. At HackPrinceton, participants can look forward to amazing guest speakers, helpful workshops, tons of skilled mentors.

Dr. Vo served as Princeton Hackathon’s mentor and continues to be involved with the hackathon community vibrant community that specializes in teaching, research, service, liberal arts and education.

Awards

Vote for Vo for APA Board

Krysti is tenacious in solving problems and gives new meaning to the term “activism” as she invests the energy necessary to get the job done and done right.” Read More Endorsements

– Bennett Leventhal, MD, DLFAPA, DLFAAACAP, AACAP Treasurer, Professor, University of San Francisco

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“Dr. Vo is an ideal candidate for this position. She has an excellent understanding of the needs of early career psychiatrists in academic, public and private settings…” Read More Endorsements

– Grayson Norquist, MD, MSPH, Chief of Psychiatry, Grady Hospital; PCORI Board Chair Emeritus; NIMH Director Emeritus

“She also has the ability to think broadly about how healthcare processes and systems influence patient and family outcomes. She is innovative but yet practical…” Read More Endorsements 

– Consuelo “Chi Chi” Cagande, MD, DFAPA, DFAACAP, ADDPRT member, Senior Education Consultant, APA Assembly Chair of Access to Care Committee, Chief of Division, CHOP; New Jersey Psychiatric Association President Emeritus

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My primary goal  is to serve the diverse needs of the APA while remaining member-centric.

I will build alliances by:

  • Encouraging APA to include more voices on issues and to quickly respond to concerns through the responsible use of technology, such as automated texting.
  • Using my research on technology to strengthen dialogue across all organizational levels to respectfully promote transparency and engagement. 
  • Addressing burnout by creating member programs, such as virtual support groups.

The pandemic put mental health at the forefront of national conversations. We must take advantage of this turning point to destigmatize mental health and strengthen our advocacy.

I will:

  • Partner with organized medical associations, allied nonprofits, and families to develop shared resources and promote access to care.
  • Continue to create educational public engagement via social media, such as Live Q&As with APA experts.
  • This is a tremendous opportunity for psychiatry to assume its rightful leadership in mental healthcare, especially with educating the public on the training requirement and the role we have on a mental healthcare team. This is important for advocating for scope of practice issues.

We face the immediate need to address issues of parity affected by telehealth and changing state and national healthcare regulations.  

I will:

  • Stand with district branches and APA to be proactive instead of reactive to regulatory challenges using my expertise in telepsychiatry 
  • Ensure clinical practices are not jeopardized by the changing regulatory environment.
  • Benefit APA with my unique formal nonprofit board governance training from Penn and prior board experiences.

Why Me ?

I will be proactive rather than reactive, in serving all of our members and advancing our common causes.

RESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND RESPONSIVE COMMUNICATION

Unfortunately, I cannot highlight all the issues that I and our members care about. Across all causes, APA could adapt low-cost, two-way communication to inform members of vital issues that they care about. For example, automatic text alerts can be sent to opt-in members to send a pre-filled message to their policymakers. We can also collect more members’ feedback on time-sensitive issues so that APA can respond more effectively to changing needs.

In short, I will respectfully promote increased transparency between APA, district branches and members.

Physician Burnout & Mentorship

 

Currently, I am: 

  • Protecting our future workforce and physician wellness with my virtual mental wellness seminars and support groups. 
  • Advocating for CMS policies that reduce physician documentation burdens to prioritize Patients over Paperwork.
  • Mentoring trainees & psychiatrists on how to efficiently use EHR & technology to streamline workflow. 
  • Building upon my experience of producing programs for mentorship as Co-Chair of the AACAP Medical Student Resident committee to engage young psychiatrists. 

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

 

 

Currently, I am:

  • Trained to be a change agent for organizations to be more culturally-aligned with the communities they serve, through a formal board governance training, DiverseForce on Board, through UPENN.
  • Serving as APA’s Assembly Representative for the Asian American Caucus. We successfully petitioned for the passage of a federal resolution that condemns anti-asian activities during COVID19.
  • Collaborating with other minority and underrepresented representatives to advocate for issues related to police brutality and health disparities.

Telepsychiatry & Digital Health

 

Currently, I am: 

  • Being proactive to ensure reimbursement with the American Telemedicine Association’s Demonstrating Telehealth Value Workgroup by collecting data from institutions across the nation.
  • Developing telepsychiatry services for rural settings and schools, and internationally,  including innovative models such as ECHO and collaborative care
  • Conducting research in adapting technology for suicide risk screening and enhancing access to care for those at risk.

Access & Parity

 

Currently, I am: 

  • Engaging with state and federal agencies and payors (i.e. CMS) to advocate for enhanced access and equal reimbursement for psychiatry.
  • Educating others on the impact of climate change on increasing demand and access issues.
  • Advocating for compact in licensure for psychiatrist to continue to work across state lines.

Maintenance of Certification

 

I will:

  • Collaborate with members and stakeholders in problem solving for a innovative solution.
  • Advocate for MOC modifications that are evidence-based and high-quality continued lifelong learning that is not burdensome.
  • Propose alternative means to MOCs that benefits both APA and members

Scope of Practice 

 

I will:

  • Strengthen our collective action by prompting members to take political action on pending legislations
  • Collaborate with APA’s Government Affairs staff to have advocacy training accessible to all members
  • Partner with district branches and medical associations with similar scope of practice issues to implement best practices and strengthen our advocacy efforts.

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    Dr. Vo Helps

    Speak at your Institution/Organization

    I am happy to present virtually at various institutions or organizations (i.e., district branches seminars, grand rounds, evening events).

    Previous talks include:

    • “How to Sustain Telepsychiatry: Operational and Strategies Perspective,”
    • “How a Digital Front Door Solution Can Transform Pediatric Care,”
    • “Conversational Agents: Where is it now and Where it is Going,”
    • “Telemental Health 101: All you need to know,”
    • “Utilizing a National Curriculum to Teach Trainees about Telepsychiatry.”

    See more about my talks. Contact me in the contact box below if you are interested.

    Monthly ECP Peer Support Groups

    What we need from each other is to listen, learn, and offer support in whatever way it feels comfortable. We can discuss a variety of topics such as career, telepsychiatry, work-life balance, case discussion, and minority issues. It will be a safe space to provide each other with practice tips for professional and personal development. If you’re interested, please send me an email in the contact box below and I will send you more information.

    Guest Lecturer for Training Programs

    I can teach YOUR trainees. I help developed the “Pediatric Telepsychiatry” national curriculum for GME and CME, with Dr. Sandra DeJong and the AACAP Telepsychiatry Committee.

    • I also adapted it to the fellowship program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
    • I have developed many didactics related to telepsychiatry in integrated care, how to start a telepsychiatry private practice, and any related topics that would give guidance to residents and fellows.
    • This does NOT have to be part of an official didactic schedule and I am willing to discuss with them on evenings and weekends hours. I can coordinate with the chief(s) resident myself. Please contact me in the contact box for more information.

    Tell Me How I Can Serve You and APA

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