Hey, I’m AJ! 👋
My personal & professional interests lie at the intersection of (1) data science, (2) behavior change, and (3) human consciousness. What makes me come alive is using science to help people expand awareness and change behavior.
Currently, I’m running a digital healthcare company called Aware Healthcare, where we’re on a mission to build the “thermometer for the mind”.
Our flagship product is a software platform for outpatient addiction clinics that helps patients and providers work together to predict substance-use disorder relapse, using passive measures of behavior from patients’ smartphones.
I started Aware Healthcare because I believe the greatest problem in mental healthcare is not stigma or access, but measurement. And we’re starting by focusing on addiction because there is no more costly, preventable, or unmanaged disease in the United States.
We’re actively hiring, and you can find all of our open positions on our careers page here. Consider applying, and message me directly if any of the roles are a good fit for you or somebody you know. We’d love to hear from you.
I’m also the host of the Data Journeys Podcast, where it’s my job to interview world-class Data Scientists about their learning journeys.
I’ve been speaking with guests ranging from the US Military to Silicon Valley, from the top-ranks of academia to down-under in Australia, and in each conversation, the goal is to have them tell their story and explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that have helped them get where they are today.
Some recent guests have included Andrew Ng (Coursera), Fernando Perez (Jupyter Notebooks), Jure Leskovec (Pinterest), Jim Guszcza (Deloitte Consulting), Dan Wulin (Wayfair), Anthony Scriffignano (Dun & Bradstreet), and Travis Oliphant (Anaconda).
You can find additional info on the show and past episodes here.
And for those wondering how my interests in data science, behavior change, and human consciousness came together, there were two key catalyzing events that sent me down this unique (and depending on how you look at it, somewhat strange) path:
- On April 27th 2016, I started meditating everyday. Within 30 days, the practice naturally healed my (at-the-time severe) depression and led to a series of other healthy habits. 1500+ consecutive days later, I have yet to miss a single day of meditation. See here for the full story.
- In August 2017, I spent a month living with indigenous tribes in Cambodia and Borneo-Malaysia. During this time, I learned quite a bit about fear, limiting beliefs, and accelerated learning. Living off the land brought me down to ground-zero and led me to master data science in <6 months. See here for the full story.
If you’re interested in learning more, these two articles linked above will tell you a great deal about who I am, what I care about, and where I derive meaning from.
And of course you can always reach out to me directly via my contact page.