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 mental health care startup called Aware Healthcare, where we’re reinventing therapy.
At Aware we’re creating a new mental health care system, by building the first network of therapists to use treatment based on science and data shared by patients to deliver truly personalized care. Through making the process of finding and receiving quality mental health care easier, we help patients get better sooner, providers grow their practices, and payers lower their costs.
I started Aware after spending 6 months and $20,000 trying to find the right the right therapist for me. Afterwards, I found out I’m not alone: 100 million Americans are currently struggling with a mental health issue, and yet only 10% are receiving evidence-based care. You can read my full story behind Aware here.
We’re actively hiring, and you can find all of our open positions on our Careers Page here. Please consider applying, and message me directly if any of the roles are a good fit for you or somebody you know. We’re offering $10,000 for any referral that turns into a full-time hire. We’d love to hear from you.
Previously, I was the host of the Data Journeys Podcast, where it was my job to interview world-class Data Scientists about their learning journeys.
While hosting the show, I had the opportunity to speak 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 was to have them tell their story and explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that have helped them get where they are today.
Some guests 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 all the 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. 1800+ consecutive days later, I’m still meditating every day. 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.