Our Mission:

We realize that everyone’s problems are unique and complex – with psychological, biological, and social causes and consequences. Our mission is to help individuals learn new, science based strategies that will help to improve their mental health and overall well-being – both now and into the future. We want to help people live the life they’ve always wanted: one with deep meaning, less anxiety and depression, more joy and contentment, and better relationships.


Patricia Deldin, Ph.D.

Patricia Deldin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, is currently a Professor at the University of Michigan in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Before that she was a professor, for 9 years, at Harvard University. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the Deputy Director of the University of Michigan Depression Center. Additionally, she helped to launch the National Network of Depression Centers as a founding board member. She has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed articles on depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia with a focus on the neural correlates of major depression. Dr. Deldin created Mood Lifters as a way to help many people worldwide who aren’t receiving sufficient mental health care. Her intention is to provide people in pain, wherever they are and whatever their means, with instant, broad access to effective, evidence-based mental health treatment. Her dream is to tap into the work of the world’s best mental health researchers and make an expanding set of resources available to improve lives everywhere. In addition to creating the program, Dr. Deldin is a Mood Lifters leader and participated as a member.

Cecilia Votta, Ph.D. Co-Founder, CSO, was a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Michigan when she began her work as a co-founder of Mood Lifters. Her dissertation work was on the feasibility and efficacy of the program. Her current role at Mood Lifters is to develop new modules, materials, and programs, oversee the training of new leaders and assure data fidelity including testing continued efficacy of the program. Additionally, her role includes managing the internal operations of the company

Dr. Votta worked with Dr. Deldin to create the program because of her concerns about accessibility to mental health care and worsening mental health statistics in the United States. She is committed to making evidence-based care more accessible for everyone.

Cheryl Anderson, COO. Cheryl has over 39 years of experience in Business Strategy, Operations, and Information Technology with expertise in global transformation of systems, processes, and people. She has extensive International experience in supply chain, retail, oil and gas, and manufacturing with Brambles/CHEP, Nestle, BP Oil and General Electric, as well as finance and medical industry with KeyBank and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, respectively. Expert in crafting deep strategy and identifying innovative opportunities, then merging with execution to deliver sustainable contributions to revenue, profitability, and productivity. Led $10M+ global projects and teams who process $2B in revenue annually. Founder and CEO of a consulting firm serving C-Suite Executives for strategy, leadership, and operational execution to drive bottom line results. She is a customer-centric Senior Executive and Consultant with cross-functional expertise spanning business operations, human resources, finance, supply chain, marketing, sales, service, product management, and IT.

Patricia (PattyG) Gillum, Director of Clinical Operations, received a B.A. in Communication with Journalism emphasis from Western Michigan University. Along with her background as an editor and reporter, she has 20 years of experience as a training leader and customer service director in the world of software development and as an office manager for a restaurant finance partnership. She has always been fascinated with how people learn, grow, and develop resilience throughout their life. She first became involved with Mood Lifters as a participant in the initial pre-pilot group. Patty found Mood Lifters to be beneficial in her life, and her family’s lives, and is excited to help others find their strength through the program.