Depression Grand Challenge Team Member Spotlight Series: Chris Douglas

June 1, 2018

Chris Douglas

Partnerships Strategist, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge

Team Member Focus:

Chris joined the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) team full-time in August 2017. His role is to both identify external partners who can further the mission of the DGC and then develop tailored collaboration models. Potential partners in his portfolio include individuals, startups, and established companies. Prior to coming to UCLA in 2017, Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics from Stanford in 2013, followed by work experience both as a management consultant serving large technology and pharma clients and as a product manager for a growing health technology company.

DGC Role:

Chris Douglas uses his experience to enhance the DGC’s research capabilities and impact through novel public-private partnerships. Chris was inspired to leave his management consulting job for this opportunity because of the ambitious and innovative approach the DGC is taking to solve one of society’s greatest problems. Chris has a unique set of skills and experiences that made him an ideal candidate to take on this role. [Michelle Popowitz of UCLA Grand Challenges often says, “We found a unicorn,” when talking about recruiting Chris.]

As someone with first-hand experience seeing friends and family struggle to manage their depression, Chris recognizes the need for better treatment options, and believes the DGC will address that need. Chris’ #DepressionHero is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He admires Johnson’s openness about his struggle with depression especially in light of his “tough guy” reputation within the entertainment industry.


“The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge unites incredibly diverse people toward a common cause better than any research effort I’ve ever seen.”

– Chris Douglas
Partnerships Strategist, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge


Chris enjoys spending time outdoors around Los Angeles, especially when surfing or hiking. He also is an avid reader.


Learn more about the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Team Member Spotlight Series.