But Lindemer’s interest in the mental health space developed much earlier in her career. When studying neuroscience research as an undergraduate, Lindemer was “drawn to problems that affected humans and their quality of life.” After her undergraduate experiences, she did research on PTSD and TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] at the Boston VA and witnessed the impact that translational technologies could have on people who really needed help. “I knew I wanted to pursue this for my career,” she said.
Through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program, she was able to start applying her research and engineering skills to gaps that she saw in the current healthcare system.
The entrepreneur explained that Hey,Charlie was born following the 2016 MIT Hacking Medicine’s Grand Hackathon where her team won Best Mental Health Hack. The group continued to build on ideas leading to the app.
“Starting a company in this field is a challenge because of all of the stigma that surrounds addiction and mental health, but when you get to connect with others who are like-minded and motivated to make changes, it is so rewarding and really motivates me to keep pushing forward,” she explained.
When Lindemer is not at work, she travels, hoping to see all 59 U.S. National Parks. She also enjoys practicing yoga, drawing, and bonding with her husband and cat. Lindemer also reads in her spare time.
“I love fiction, and am currently trying to read every Pulitzer Prize winner for best fiction,” she said.
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year's 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the "About the Authors" section!
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