• Jack Z. Chen, MBA

    Founder and CEO

    Mr. Chen is an entrepreneur and pioneer in US-China cross-border investment and operations. He is one of the first investors and a former board member in the cognitive science firm, Magceutics/Neurocentria, and was actively involved in developing the company's strategy. As Founder and CEO of Transworld Capital Group, Mr. Chen completed some of the largest cross border M&A transactions between the US and China, one of which was hailed as "one of the landmark deals of the era" by the Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Brookings Institute, US Chamber of Commerce, US Embassy, and Tsinghua University. He has also served as an international investment advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government and as a board member of the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Asia Society Southern California.

    Shan Zhong, MBA


    Shan graduated with a MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University – where he received both a National Scholarship from the China Ministry of Education, and the Distinguished Graduate Award by the Shanghai government. Shan previously served as a Product Manager for Johnson & Johnson’s largest medical device portfolio. He also advised a leading VC firm to invest in the largest mental health mobile app in China, and has led several strategic consulting projects for Stanford Hospital.

    Albert 'Skip' Rizzo, PhD

    Director of Research

    Skip Rizzo is the Director for Medical Virtual Reality at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, and a Research Professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. His work using virtual reality received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions. He is senior editor of the MIT Press journal, sits on a number of editorial boards for journals in the areas of cognition and computer technology.

    Charles Shao

    Director of Engineering

    Charles holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. Previously Charles was a Senior Software Engineer at Garmin International working on GPS Media Player. He has extensive experience working for Tanner Research in Electrical Design Automation as a Senior Systems Engineer, and at Leica Geosystems in GPS/GIS as Project Manager and Senior Software Engineer. He was also an Honorary Professor at North-West University in China. He is currently the President of Jiao Tong University Alumni of Southern California.

    Jennifer Wang

    Director of Operations

    Jennifer Wang was a former Principal at West Monroe Partners. She has over 10 years of experience in developing technical solutions and providing technical consulting, with extensive skills in database design/development, data analysis, desktop/web application design and development, and software product management. She has built strong partnerships between delivery teams and software stakeholders to deliver an array of technology-enabled business solutions with exceptional outcomes for clients. Jennifer led the development of West Monroe Partners’ trademark platform ActivityTrak ® , a web and mobile application. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Beijing University of Technology and a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Houston. She is also a Microsoft certified MCSE.

    Aaron Ma

    Director of Data Science

    Aaron is a data expert specialized in data science and machine learning. Previously he was a Biostatistician at Fulgent Genetics LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Applied Math from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Columbia University. His research area involves data platform, machine learning, computational neurology.

    Vicky Dai, MBA

    Director of Accounting

    Vicky Dai is an accounting and finance professional with an MBA degree from USC Marshall School of Business. Working at PwC and a world leading healthcare company before MBA, Vicky has rich experience and solid knowledge in financial accounting, auditing, SOX, and IPO projects in healthcare industry.

    Vanessa Liu, MBA, PhD Candidate


    Vanessa is currently a Ph.D candidate of Management Psychology, Child Development and Education Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology. She holds a range of interdisciplinary credentials including CPA, National Secondary Psychological Counselor, Student Academic Planner, and UCLA-certified Memory Trainer. Previously, Vanessa was CEO of a subsidiary of a large publicly listed company where she was able to bring the subsidiary to profitability in its second year. An accomplished researcher and consultant, her work has covered global comparative education methodologies, and she has worked over 100 cases as a child education and parenting consultant. Vanessa volunteers and lectures at Beijing Yunfan Future Education Assistance Foundation. She is a special-term professor at several learning centers and technical schools and a special guest lecturer at the US- China Alliance for Developmental Brain Health.

    Chien-Yen “Kevin” Chang

    Senior Software Engineer

    Chien-Yen “Kevin” Chang is a senior software engineer. After completing his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 2001, he has worked on automated optical inspection systems, haptic systems, and virtual reality centered on health applications. Kevin has served as a Research Assistant at Haptic Lab, IMSC, University of Southern California. There, he used game engine technology to build software and testing systems utilizing sensors to interact with natural human motor behaviors. Kevin has won numerous accolades including first prize in a thesiscompetition sponsored by Lam Research Co. in Taiwan and best paper awards at major gathering such as the Wireless Health Conference, HCI, and IITSEC. Along with his team, Kevin created a rehabilitation tool kit in 2010 called Mystic Isle, which used Unity3D to integrate with Microsoft Kinect Sensors. Mystic Isle has been tested and used to treat brain injuries in several rehabilitation institutes and directly in patients’ homes.

    Michael Ehrig

    Clinical Application Specialist

    Michael Ehrig is a mental health clinician specialized in working with children and families. He has been working with children and families in a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from community non-profit organizations, schools, and private clinics for over 5 years. He has presented on the integration of technology in mental health in national and international settings. He utilizes various platforms of technology and evidence-based practices to address cognitive and emotional behavior. Michael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne.

    Jatnna Rivas

    Clinical Research Associate

    Jatnna Rivas currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in health studies. Upon graduation in 2017, she was hired as a Clinical Research Coordinator at NYU Langone Medical Center working in the Department of Psychiatry. As the primary coordinator for a NIH-funded study, she worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of doctors and psychologists whose goal was to examine the roles of various health risks within a racially diverse population. During the summer of 2019, she was offered a position with Cognitive Leap Solutions Inc. to take the lead on their new virtual reality study. Jatnna now holds a dual role there as a Clinical Research Associate and Operations Manager.

    Crystal Goh, PhD

    Scientific Consultant

    Crystal was previously Chief Scientific Officer at Cognitive Leap. She is a neuroscientist specializing in the commercialization of nascent research in cognitive neuroscience. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab, and co-founder of Araya Brain Imaging, an AI platform that helps individuals track neuroplasticity in their brains. She continues to serve as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at London UCL's Applied Neuroscience Lab, developing social engagement strategies with non-profit organizations in Asia and USA through scientific content creation and program development. She is also a neuroscience columnist for Mindful.org and a Mindfulness Instructor to tech corporations such as Google and Alibaba.

    Venus Wong Ph.D​

    Clinical Associate

    Venus Wong Ph.D. is a clinician specialized in working with children with developmental disorders. She holds a PhD in School Psychology and is particularly interested in using technology to scale the dissemination of evidence-based practices in both rural and urban areas. She worked with children and families across hospital, school, out-patient, and community settings. Her research interests include active mechanisms of interventions and technology-based support for children with developmental disorders. Dr. Wong is also going to be a post-doctoral scholar at the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford.

    John L Edwards

    Technical Support

    John Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Microsoft NT 4.0 certification. He is an experienced researcher with practice in collecting and converting data for healthcare organizations and pharmacies. John previously developed quality assurance protocols and managed compounding departments for an FDA approved manufacturing laboratory. He has also written scripts for the automation of testing devices in the petroleum engineering field and provided executive level support in several organizations.

  • Advisory Board

    Edward Hallowell, MD

    Clinical Advisor


    Edward "Ned" Hallowell is a world leading expert in ADHD, and authored several New York Times bestselling titles including Driven To Distraction, the representative voice and first of its kind to delineate ADHD to the masses. He is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. He is also a co-founder of Cogleap Child Attention and Emotional Health Center, a China subsidiary of Cognitive Leap that is headquartered in Shanghai, China. Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars.

    Jeremy Bailenson, PhD

    Technical Advisor


    Jeremy Bailenson is the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, and Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford. He is also author of the book "Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do" and a leading voice in the VR industry.

    Walter Greenleaf, PhD

    Founding Board Member


    Walter Greenleaf is known internationally as an early pioneer in the medical application of virtual environment technology. For the last 25 years he has developed innovative clinical systems for use in both physical and cognitive medicine, specifically focusing on the use of virtual reality technology. Walter has served as CEO and founder of InWorld Solutions, a company specializing in the therapeutic use of virtual worlds for behavioral health care, as well as Virtually Better, a company that develops virtual environments for the treatment of phobias, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.

    Trudy Goodman, PhD

    Mindfulness Advisor


    Trudy Goodman is Harvard educated developmental psychologist trained by the famous psychologist Jean Piaget. Trudy has practiced mindfulness-based psychotherapy with children, teenagers, couples and individuals for over 25 years. She is also the Founder of InsightLA and a world renowned mindfulness teacher, contributing to the creation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

    Cynthia Telles, PhD

    Clinical Advisor


    Cynthia Telles has served on Boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. since April 2003. Cynthia is also the Director of the UCLA Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic at the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital and Clinical Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Telles was appointed by President Obama to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars (2010-2017) and by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles World Airports Commission (2013-present).

    Shijin Sun, PhD

    Educational Advisor


    Dr. Sun Shijin serves as the Director of Psychology Research Center of Fudan University, Faculty Member of Post-doctoral Station at Fudan, and Committee Member of the Academic Committee of the School of Social Development and Public Policy. His research interests are social psychology, counseling psychology, management psychology, and humanity psychology, evolutionary psychology, and transpersonal psychology.

    Michael Gisser, JD

    Legal Advisor


    Michael Gisser led Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's practice and was the firm’s senior M&A partner in Greater China. He is a leader in cross-border and U.S. change of control transactions, was profiled by Chambers Global as a “leading lawyer” in both China and the United States, and consistently listed by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s top rainmakers.

    Richard Walden

    Nonprofit Advisor


    Richard Walden has been the President and CEO of Operation USA for the last 35 years. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Operation USA is an international relief and development nonprofit that wan Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1979, the organization sent over $450 million in aid to 100 countries.

    Andy Lam​

    Founding Board Member


    Andy Lam is an investor, physician, and a four-time entrepreneur. He is Co-founder and Partner at Uprising, a platform and fund to support epic things that matter. He was an Analyst in the technology sector at a NY hedge fund with one of the highest performing track records in history. Andy was on the founding team of PL Capital, a $300m fund. He received his BS in Engineering from Stanford where he was a President's Scholar and recipient of Engineering Honors. Andy received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Baylor College of Medicine.

    Jennifer Gu, PhD

    Research Advisor


    Dr. Jennifer Gu is a co-founder and VP of Research and Development at AIDP, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of functional ingredients with a focus on extensively researched products. She has been responsible for new product development, clinical studies and intellectual property development for AIDP since 2005. Dr. Gu played a leading role in the discovery and successful commercialization of several patented ingredients including Magtein®. Dr. Gu received her PhD in Experimental Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Biology. Dr. Gu published extensively in prestigious peer-reviewed journals during her academic life. Dr. Gu holds multiple patents and is a frequent speaker and contributor to nutritional journal articles. Her family is a significant investor in Cognitive Leap.

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