Chris Reist, MD, MBA

Subject Matter Expert


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Dr. Chris Reist brings over 30 years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in technology and analytics, innovative treatments and recovery practices, and performance measurement.

Dr. Reist currently serves as the Medical Director of Psychiatry for Science37, where they provide access to clinical trials for patients who can’t be reached by traditional site-based models. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer for Prairie Health which uses technology to improve recognition and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in primary care settings. This includes tools for screening and implementing measurement-based care.

Prior to his role with Science37, Dr. Reist served as Chief Medical Officer for Population Health at Relias. While at Relias, Dr. Reist lead a team who worked to combine analytics, assessments and learning tools to create personalized learning programs to improve performance and reduce variation by identifying critical issues.

Prior to his role at Relias, Dr. Reist served as the Associate Chief of Staff, Research and Development, at Long Beach VA Healthcare system. In this role, Dr. Reist lead a research program that included oversight of an animal facility, human research protection program, IRB, human resources and grants administration.

Dr. Reist has also been a professor at the University of California, Irvine, for over 30 years, where he oversaw a broad research program including Serious Mental Illness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  His team has studied innovative approaches including the use of Virtual Reality technology, cognitive enhancers, and complementary techniques such as acupuncture. Dr. Reist is also conducting research in the area of evidence-based practices for enhancing recovery in patients with serious mental illness.

Dr. Reist received his medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He performed his psychiatric residency program at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He also received his Masters in Business from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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