We are a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives.

Our Story

Our Story

We are a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy and change lives.

For the past 10 years, we have pioneered and studied a new approach to build and assess the capacity of people to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health.

We combine the science of learning, the art of conversation, and the power of game technology to engage users in role-play conversations with virtual humans, allowing them to try different approaches, get personalized feedback and gain the confidence and skills to lead similar conversations in real-life.

We are proud to be the only company with evidence-based health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. To date, more than 1 million people have engaged in a Kognito simulation.

Based in New York City, we provide our clients with access to a growing series of professional development and public education simulations on topics such as mental health, substance use, chronic disease, family relations, medication adherence, and patient-provider communication. In addition, we partner with our clients to develop simulations tailored to their specific needs.

In October 2017, Kognito was acquired by Ascend Learning, a leading provider of educational content, software and analytics in healthcare. Ascend is owned by Blackstone Private Equity and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

The acquisition will allow us to continue to innovate and grow, with new and improved products and services, an increasingly sophisticated simulation and analytics platform, and a bigger team — all while staying true to our mission to harness the power of conversation to change lives.

Our Story

Our Story

We are a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy and change lives.

For the past 10 years, we have pioneered and studied a new approach to build and assess the capacity of people to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health.

We combine the science of learning, the art of conversation, and the power of game technology to engage users in role-play conversations with virtual humans, allowing them to try different approaches, get personalized feedback and gain the confidence and skills to lead similar conversations in real-life.

We are proud to be the only company with evidence-based health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. To date, more than 1 million people have engaged in a Kognito simulation.

Based in New York City, we provide our clients with access to a growing series of professional development and public education simulations on topics such as mental health, substance use, chronic disease, family relations, medication adherence, and patient-provider communication. In addition, we partner with our clients to develop simulations tailored to their specific needs.

In October 2017, Kognito was acquired by Ascend Learning, a leading provider of educational content, software and analytics in healthcare. Ascend is owned by Blackstone Private Equity and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

The acquisition will allow us to continue to innovate and grow, with new and improved products and services, an increasingly sophisticated simulation and analytics platform, and a bigger team — all while staying true to our mission to harness the power of conversation to change lives.

Mission

Our mission is to empower all individuals to lead real-life conversations that will measurably improve social, emotional, and physical health.

Vision

A world where all individuals and communities harness the power of conversation to improve lives.

Core Values

Innovation

Leveraging advances in science and technology to be at the forefront of digital health education.

Creativity

Pushing the boundaries of storytelling, interactive design, and engineering, to create highly-effective experiences.

Integrity

Committed to the highest standards of excellence in how we build our products, conduct our business, and treat one another.

Stewardship

Creating sustainable value for our stakeholders while maximizing growth, social impact, and profitability.

Customer-Focused

Listening to, supporting, collaborating with, and retaining our customers and users.

Leadership

Ron Goldman

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Glenn Albright

Co-Founder and Director of Research

Stephen Shinnick

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Spiegler

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Deborah Serri

Senior Vice President of Production

Brian Nido

Director of Client Experience

Vincent Thomasino

Chief Technology Officer

Partners

  • ActiveMinds
  • NORC
  • SVA
  • NAVPA
  • NACDD

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