The Justice, Equitable, and Technology Laboratory is co-directed by Columbia School of Social Work faculty Desmond U. Patton and Courtney D. Courtney. Drs. Patton and Cogburn share a commitment to leveraging technology to map and address complex social ecologies and to inform the development of digital tools designed to broadly address social inequalities in health (mental, physical, communal). The laboratory will initially build on the innovative work of Drs. Patton and Cogburn that a) links artificial intelligence ( e.g. machine learning, chatbots) to understand and intervene upon root causes of community based violence b) explores the use of technological tools (e.g. virtual reality) as a tool for shaping empathy, behavior and structural competence in relation to multiple dimensions of racial inequality.