How Uprise Was Formed


Uprise was founded by Dr. Jay Spence, a clinical psychologist, who treated patients with work-related stress or depression. It became apparent that by the time that many people came to see him it is was too late to treat them back to a full recovery. Many patients arrived in crisis with complex problems that made recovery time prolonged and emotionally difficult.

He began to look at early intervention approaches and was fortunate to be part of one of the first online treatment clinics established in Australia. Dr. Spence completed his PhD thesis on adapting face-to-face therapies to be delivered online in the shortest amount of time possible. His PhD research became the basis for Uprise.

Companies are in a unique position to be able to support their community of workers because taking care of them means better output from the community as a whole. Our aim is to facilitate that by bringing the best that psychology has to offer in the most accessible and engaging format possible.









CEO & Founder

Dr. Jay Spence


Uprise was founded by Dr. Jay Spence, who holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology as well as a doctorate in Psychology from Macquarie University. He has previously been a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has 10 years experience treating patients in private practice.



Joint recipient of the Gold Prize at the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards (2010)


Joint recipient of the St Vincent’s Health Australia National Invention and Innovation Award (2010)


Recipient of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Fellowship and the Centre for Emotional Health Prize (2011)

His research paper on treating PTSD via the internet was awarded the ‘Research of Special Significance‘ designation (2013)











CEO & Founder

Dr. Jay Spence


Uprise was founded by Dr. Jay Spence, who holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology as well as a doctorate in Psychology from Macquarie University. He has previously been a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has 10 years experience treating patients in private practice.



Joint recipient of the Gold Prize at the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards (2010)



Joint recipient of the St Vincent’s Health Australia National Invention and Innovation Award (2010)



Recipient of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Fellowship and the Centre for Emotional Health Prize (2011)



His research paper on treating PTSD via the internet was awarded the ‘Research of Special Significance‘ designation (2013)









Company Backing & Awards


Uprise has received investment from muru-D as part of Telstra’s accelerator program, as well as from the University of Sydney Union's INCUBATE program.

Uprise was voted 2016's Best Startup for Social Good by StartCon. Uprise was awarded the 2016 Silver App Design Award from Design100.









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