My focus is on using advocacy and innovations to address the needs of diverse communities, including issues in healthcare, organization, and access disparity.

I empathizes with the struggles of disadvantaged communities since I am first-generation Vietnamese American immigrant who grew in subsidized housing with medical assistance in middle America, Fort Worth, Texas. The social determinants of health continues to impact my family and community.

  • This upbringing inspired my career in psychiatry and to pursue digital health research to create solutions to access to mental health care for underserved patient populations.
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    I speak up because I believe my nieces deserve equitable opportunities.

During medical school, I earned a M.D. with Distinction in Research for my research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis to predict cocaine relapse.

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Awards Gala with the DiverseForce on Board Training Program, which trains minority leaders to be on non-profit boards. I am proud to be completing the training in December 2020.

I have a long track record of building sustainable programs for diverse and underserved communities.

  • In high school, I co-founded “Building Communities for the Future,” a seven-day community service program that included door-to-door survey to understand the predominantly African American community needs, and advocacy for the successful removal of toxic debris of Hurricane Katrina.  
  • In college, climate change inspired my bench lab research in cultivating cyanobacteria for sucrose production for alternative fuel. 


  • During medical school, Dr. Vo learned that underserved communities are overwhelmingly affected by specific diseases, such as hepatitis B: She founded the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Hepatitis B Free Project to provide hepatitis B screenings, follow-ups, and vaccinations for at-risk populations in the community.
    • In its first year of development, the team received a Certificate of Recognition from the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Her blueprint for this project proved to be an effective and sustainable model that received numerous grants and an honor from the White House in 2016.

What Dr. Vo Has Done

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Author of “COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism.”

Read full article on the American Psychiatric Association blog

Dr. Vo speaks at Going Digital Behavioral Health

Access to Mental Health and Expertise in Telehealth

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Dr. Vo quoted on mHealth Intelligence

How Can Technology Benefit Healthcare Providers and Patients

Telepsychiatry: Expanding Access to Mental Care
Podcast Resource for Telepsychiatry: Expanding Access to Mental Care

A Landscape on How Telepsychiatry may Offer Convenience and Better Accessibility

Listen to the podcast here.

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Speaker at Boston World Congress: 11th Annual mHealth and Telehealth Summit 

Health Care Organizations have Changed the Paradigm of Healthcare Delivery with the use of Technology


Advocated for Equitable Opportunities at Pennsylvania’s Diversity Council’s Women in Leadership Symposium

Knowledge-based Perspective on Relevant Issues 


Contributor Author for “Culture, Heritage, and Diversity in Older Adult Mental Health Care” by Maria D. Llorente, M.D., FAPA (APA Council on Geriatric Psychiatry 


Dr. Vo contributing in writing about how psychiatric illnesses faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States


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Panelist on “Conversational Agents and Telehealth Virtual Visits: Improving Experiences, Efficiency and Outcomes.”

See panel description for the ATA 2020 conference

Dr. Krysti Lan Chi Vo Quoted In Healthcare IT News
Dr. Vo quoted in HealthcareIT News

The Future of Conversational AI in Healthcare

Telemental Health
Speaker at Covid 19 Response: Telemental Health 101

Fundamentals and Best Practices of Telemental Health

BioData West on Telehealth
Speaker at BioData World West: A showcase of Technology to Healthcare and Various Industries

How Telehealth is Changing Behavioral Healthcare

Aspen Idea Health Fellow
Developed a Chatbot for School Mental Health Screening with Colleagues from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Delivery of Health Care and Understanding of the Rapid Growth of Technological Innovations in Telehealth.

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Dr. Vo was a consultant to American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s “Typical or Troubled Program” and worked on the redevelopment of the curriculum.

Learn more about the program here