CONNECT Study for PwMS

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Connect Study

About The Study

eSupport Health is proud to be running the CONNECT trial, a new research study in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society quantifying the benefits of a 12-week program of eSupport Health professional support groups for people with MS. For this trial, we are particularly focused on Black and Latinx individuals, as research has historically overlooked their experience.

Here are some of the key details of the trial:

  • Groups will meet weekly for 12 weeks.
  • Each group will have a maximum of 10 participants.
  • A licensed therapist will lead the group sessions, and we’re thrilled to welcome Coach Amanda Speights, Doctor of Health Science, Integrative Occupational Therapist & Clinical Educator, to eSupport for the trial.
  • Because this is a research study, participation in the eSupport online support groups trial will be provided free-of-charge for the duration of the study.

Inclusion criteria for the trial are:

  • Age 18 and up

  • Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

  • Access to wifi and smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer

  • Moderate level of depression or anxiety (we screen for this)

  • We are prioritizing Black and Latinx individuals but are accepting ALL adults with MS, regardless of race.

If you would like to learn more about the details of the CONNECT trial, please watch the below video with eSupport Health co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Vicky Leavitt.

esupport Health

About The Sponsor

eSupport Health provides professional support groups for people living with or impacted by MS. Our groups meet weekly via secure online video and are moderated by an experienced coach (all licensed therapists with MS expertise). In addition to traditional MS groups, we also have groups specifically for people recently diagnosed with MS, and for family members and loved ones of people living with MS.

Dr. Amanda

Dr. Amanda is an occupational therapist whose expertise is in the therapeutic use of meaningful and goal-directed life activities to support health and wellness. She takes a collaborative approach to working with individuals to facilitate empowerment and lasting outcomes through the creation of their own strategies rather than simply implementing her recommendations. Dr. Amanda obtained a B.S. degree from the University of Florida in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2006, an M.S. degree from Florida International University in Occupational Therapy in 2010, and a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2021. She is a registered occupational therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

How to Participate

If you would like to participate in the CONNECT study, you will need to create an account on REDCapCloud as a next step. You can do that by clicking on this link to create your study participant account. Once you have an account set up in myREDCapCloud, you will be given access to the CONNECT study home page.
If you have any questions at all, please contact us at

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, the leading digital repository for academic research. He led’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.