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Building resilience in support partners of people with MS

Co-Founder Vicky Leavitt, PhD, and eSupport Health coach Laura Kozak recently collaborated with the study team at Healios to develop and conduct a trial of a novel telehealth treatment to build resilience in people with MS and their support partners. The results of the study have just been published in Multiple Sclerosis Journal- Experimental, Translational and Clinical

Dr. Leavitt’s research was one of ten highlighted in the NMSS Momentum magazine from ACTRIMS 2020 Annual Meeting

People with stronger social networks cope better. #Telehealth programs can improve the lives of people living with #multiplesclerosis.

Quarantine Shines a Light on the Health Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation

In this recently published piece, Dr. Leavitt writes about the impact of loneliness and isolation on everyone during COVID-19, and why people with multiple sclerosis may have unique expert experience in this department.

eSupport: a feasibility RCT of internet-based support group participation to reduce loneliness in persons with multiple sclerosis. Abstract presented at annual meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS), Stockholm, 2019.

At the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) conference, Dr. Leavitt and team presented results of their successful trial of eSupport, in front of the largest gathering of MS clinicians and researchers in the world. Abstract presented at annual meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS), Stockholm, 2019. Authors: Leavitt VM, Riley CS, DeJager S, Bloom S.

Joe Duncan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Joe is the cofounder of eSupport Health and has served as its CEO since the company was formed in November 2019. He is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and leading effective organizations, and whose counsel is sought out across a variety of businesses.

Since 2012, Joe has served as an advisor to the CEO of protocols.io, the leading digital repository for academic research. He led protocols.io’s initial seed round and continues to be actively involved as a trusted advisor to the company.

From 2015 to 2017, Joe served as General Manager at Lionbridge Technologies, where he established the Legal Division, following Lionsbridge’s acquisition of Joe’s company, Geotext Translations, Inc.

In 1997, Joe founded and served as CEO of Geotext, a multimillion-dollar business providing premium language services to global 100 law firms and major corporations. Geotext became the go-to translation company for many of the world’s most critical cross-border legal matters. At its peak, Geotext had over 120 full-time employees and 3,500+ contractors around the world. In 2015, Geotext was acquired by Lionbridge.

Joe holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a Minor in Political Science, from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Joe enjoys reading, running, and hiking in the Adirondacks with his family. Recently Joe learned to surf which involves more wiping out than catching waves, but he enjoys the challenge.