An AppChat Collaboration with Hopelab


Join us as we team up with Hopelab for our Chatbots and Survivorship AppChat. Hosted by Ximena Giesemann, a cancer survivor and doctoral student studying positive psychology at Claremont College, be part of the conversation on Oct 24th, Wednesday, from 8–9 pm ET / 7–8pm CT / 5–6pm PT. Participate LIVE on the Stupid Cancer App, available to download for free, in both the Google Play and App Store.


About Our Moderator

Ximena Giesemann is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. At CGU, she works as a research assistant in the Adolescent Moral Development Lab. She is passionate about using Positive Psychology to create interventions that are aimed at fostering optimal well-being in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Most recently, she worked on a project with Hopelab in San Francisco in which she helped to modify a toolkit made to foster a sense of purpose in life in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.

A cancer survivor herself, Ximena was diagnosed with melanoma at 22. She loves working and interacting with other adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, and believes that following the cancer experience, there exists great potential for post traumatic growth. She is dedicated to helping other adolescent and young adult cancer survivors feel more understood and less alone.


Learn more about our collaborator, Hopelab:

Vivibot is a chatbot specifically built for and co-designed with young cancer survivors.

Inspired by hope, realized by science. Hopelab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults.

Vivibot is designed to help you generate a positive outlook on your future while also providing non-judgemental support through learning helpful coping skills and sharing stories from other survivors after treatment. We worked with young survivors, medical experts, and researchers to better understand the challenges of life after cancer. Because cancer sucks- but life doesn’t have to.

  • Cancer Mindshift: Exploring Psychological Skill Building with Vivibot, a Chatbot for Cancer Survivors
  • A Bot, A Boy, and A Belated Reflection on CancerCon 2018
  • How to Make a Bot Sound Like a Cool Teenager
  • An Evening with Sonja Lyubomirsky — Happiness Expert



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