Nikole Benders-Hadi

Nikole Benders-Hadi M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Nikole Benders-Hadi, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at Talkspace, where she leads Talkspace's clinical practice, partnering with providers to deliver the highest quality digital mental health care.

Dr. Benders-Hadi earned her BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and completed her medical degree and residency training at New York University School of Medicine, after which she completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University. She has done research and writing on women’s mental health issues as well as recovery-focused treatment programs for individuals with serious mental illness. She believes passionately in reducing mental health stigma and improving access to care for individuals across the entire spectrum of behavioral health conditions through the use of digital technology.

Prior to joining Talkspace, Dr. Benders-Hadi served as Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Included Health (formerly Grand Rounds Health and Doctor On Demand), a leading virtual care and navigation company. She also previously served as the Chief of Psychiatry at Rockland Psychiatric Center in New York. She lives in White Plains, NY with her husband and two sons, and enjoys cooking, watching movies and spending quality time with friends and family.