NSF-NIH-EU Workshop on Behavior Change
Innovation Center of Mental Health and Technology (I.COM), Trimbos Institute
Online interventions are indeed effective, accessible, affordable and versatile, and “Making mental health care accessible to everyone also through Internet” is what Katherina Martin Abello wants to achieve with the e-Mental Health programs of the Trimbos Institute. After completing a Bachelor degree program at the Metropolitan University, Venezuela in Modern Languages, with minor in Business Administration and specializing in Internet Marketing (with honors), Katerina has devoted more than twelve years to work in e-Health and e-Business. She was the project Leader of the first international e-health project of the World Health Organization for the development and implementation of an alcohol Portal and online alcohol self-help intervention for Belarus, Brazil, India and Mexico. Katherina worked from 2000 to 2009 as and external e-Consultant and project leader for various e-Health projects, care-related institutions and organizations, including the Trimbos Institute. In 2009, Katherina moved to a job at the Trimbos Institute. Her biggest wish is to provide practical and accessible online programs to help people with mental problems and addiction in The Netherlands and the world.
Twitter: @ katherinamartin
Universitat Jaume I
Dr CRISTINA BOTELLA is Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain. She also is the Director of Labpsitec, Director of the Emotional Disorders Clinic at this University, and Director of the Master in Psychopathology, Health and Neuropsychology at Universitat Jaume I. Dr. Botella leads one of the groups of a CIBER action in Spain (Centres for Network Biomedical Research in the area of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Botella has been principal investigator in more than 30 projects; has published over 100 papers, as well as 20 books and over 40 book chapters; has also presented around 200 works at national and international conferences. Her main line of research is the application of ICT to Clinical Psychology for the treatment of mental disorders and promoting wellbeing. Her team is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality and augmented reality for the treatment of different mental disorders like claustrophobia, panic disorder and agoraphobia or adaptive disorder; and in the design and application of self-applied telepsychology systems for the treatment of social fears and phobias. She is an external reviewer for more than 30 scientific organizations and publications.
She received the PhD award at Valencia University in 1983, The Universidad Norte de Nicaragua award for her integrated and human support in 2002, The Annual CyberTherapy Excellence in Research Award at Cybertherapy 2008, The “Social Board Award for Excellence in Research” University Jaume I (2009), and is President elect of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation (iACToR) in 2009.
Niels Boye is a physician and specialist in endocrinology and internal medicine at Aarhus University. He graduated from the University of Aarhus, Denmark in 1983. He is Associate Professor in Clinical informatics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark and Associate Professor at the Masters Education in Health Informatics at Aalborg University, Denmark. He studies molecular endocrinology and has extensive clinical experience with all aspect of endocrinology and with chronic non-communicable-diseases. Niels has been working in ICT for Health for two decades. He has in European projects developed the ICT-supported health-delivery service-model “co-production of health”. Co-production of health aims to provide synergies between professional healthcare, selfcare, informal care, and other resources in the local society and turn this into “health added value” for the individual by fusing data, information, and medical evidence in an upgrade to individual knowledge in context - utilizing computer modeling. Persuasive and pervasive technologies for behavioral modifications are integral parts of the foundation for this service-model.
Celia Boyer is the executive director of the Health On the Net Foundation. The foundation is an innovative approach to helping people combat disease and live healthy lives by offering practical guidance to certified medical information and support on the Internet. She first joined the Geneva-based NGO as head of web services when it was established in 1996. Celia's main research areas cover new information technologies as applied to medicine and health. She is a specialist in information quality issues on the Web and in the development and application of tools to search and select telehealth resources on the Internet. She participates as an expert to many International medical conference and working groups. Celia was the scientific and administrative coordinator of the European Union’s two-year WRAPIN project (World Reliable Online Advice for Patients and Individuals). She co-authored Consumer Informatics: Applications and Strategies for Cyber Health Care, which went on to win the 2005 book of the year award from HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. She co-guest edited the International Journal of Medical Informatics special issue entitled Internet and Health for All, which was published in January of this year. Celia received her MSc in applied physics in 1993 from the University of Luminy in Marseilles, France and has a computer science engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In 2010, Monique Hendriks received a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven with a specialisation in formal methods. In addition, she completed a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a specialisation in cognitive modeling. In 2011, Monique started as a research scientist at Philips Research in Eindhoven. Her research interests involve creating formal models of human psychology in order to create a deeper understanding of human psychology and apply human intelligence and emotions in the technology which supports us in our everyday lives. She has been investigating how an understanding of the driving forces of human and how one can influence such forces and therefore the behavior through coaching, can be used to create intelligent and meaningful applications which can support users in incorporating a healthy lifestyle into their often busy and sometimes hectic lives.
Dr. Pamela Kato is an internationally recognized expert on making games for health. As the founding President and CEO at HopeLab, she led the efforts to develop and do research on Re-Mission, a game shown to improve adherence to cancer treatment among young people with cancer in the most scientifically rigorously designed randomized trial on a video game to date. She recently completed Air Medic Sky 1, an award-winning biofeedback game designed to improve patient safety among young doctors. She is currently consulting on several serious game projects including a health gamification framework for the Ministry of Health Holdings in Singapore and serious games for pharmaceutical companies in Europe. Dr. Kato received her masters in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Kato publishes regularly in scientific journals and currently has an appointment at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands and the Serious Games Institute in Coventry, England.
Mr. Kettunen has 15+ years of pioneer experience in the field of physiological monitoring applications. His aim is to lead Firstbeat towards providing solutions for managing better our everyday lifestyle and well-being. In his vision, personalized and targeted use of technology can be the edge that makes the difference for healthy lifestyle. Before founding Firstbeat, he received his Ph.D in 1999 at the department of psychology in University of Helsinki, looking at psychophysiological modeling of stress. Mr. Kettunen has participated in research in several Universities in the areas of psychophysiology, behavioral medicine, autonomic nervous system function and stress quantification.
Ilkka Korhonen has more than 20 years of experience in research and development in healthcare engineering and especially in health IT. He is currently Professor in Information Technology for Healthcare at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland,. He leads a group focusing on eHealth/mHealth, and Personal Health Informatics, including complex behavioral and physiological data analysis and decision support. He has been working with Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) holding various positions from Research Manager to Research Professor between 1994 and 2010. 2009-10 he was Research Manager and Chief Research Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (equivalent to CSIRO in Australia) responsible for ICT for Health portofolio. 2010-1 he was Senior Manager in Wellness Business Program at Nokia Corporate Development, with main responsibility in Product Management. He is IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) Administrative Committee member and a member of EAMBES Policy Affairs Working Group. He has been Theme Chair and Theme Editor for IEEE / EMBC for Information Technologies for Health & Telemedicine for several years, and he was a founding member of IEEE EMBS TC on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems. Currently, he is a member of the IEEE EMBS TC on Information Technologies for Healthcare. His research interests include personal health systems, biosignal processing, and eHealth/mHealth, personal informatics, and combining health engineering with psychology, design and business models. He has >110 original scientific peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals and conferences, and several patents, and he has been significantly contributing to several commercialized products in personal health and biomedical engineering. Detailed CV: http://fi.linkedin.com/pub/ilkka-korhonen/6/597/521
University College London
Susan Michie completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training in experimental and developmental psychology at the University of Oxford and her clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist and has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the European Health Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society.
Susan Michie leads the Health Psychology Research Group at UCL studying behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and how to develop more effective interventions. Her work develops methods to advance the study of behaviour change e.g. for specifying the content and theoretical underpinning of interventions and for synthesising evidence. This is conducted in the domains of risky and preventive behaviours amongst the general population (e.g. unhealthy eating, vaccination uptake) and professional practice and implementation (e.g. hand hygiene in hospital staff, adherence to guidelines).
She chairs the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Special Interest Group in Theories and Techniques of Behaviour Change Interventions. She is co-Director of the UK’s National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and provides consultancy to the UK Government and to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. She is on the NICE (National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence), committee for Behaviour Change. She co-authored MRC’s guidance on designing and evaluating complex interventions (Craig et al, BMJ, 2009). Her editorial work includes Editor of Implementation Science and Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
She holds 20 research grants and has published 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/health-psychology/pages/michie.htm
Dr Hannu Nieminen is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow in Information Technology for Healthcare at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. He is also an entrepreneur, involved in endeavours in the areas of health coaching, user experience and design consulting, GPS-driven outdoor gaming and audio-visual arts.
He has 27 years of professional experience. From 1985 to 1994 he held several positions in the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory of the Technical Research Centre of Finland. He worked in the areas of biomedical signal analysis, sports, occupational health and intensive care monitoring. Between 1995 and 2010 he worked in the Nokia corporation, where he held several management positions in research, design and R&D. From 1996 to 2003 he led one of Nokia's global research laboratories, the Visual Communications Lab, which created technologies, user interaction solutions and applications for Nokia's mobile multimedia devices. From 2004 to 2008 he was first the VP of user experience and then VP of design and consumer insights.
His current interests are in the areas of preventive health care, using persuasive design and decision support in eHealth/mHealth and in techniques for effective behavior change. He has 40+ scientific publications and patents in the areas of biomedical engineering and mobile technologies.
Professor Ana Paiva is a an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon and research group leader of GAIPS at INESC-ID. She is well known in the area of Intelligent Agents, Artificial Intelligence Applied to Education and Affective Computing. After her PhD in the UK (in the University of Lancaster) in 1996, she returned to Portugal where she created a group on intelligent agents and synthetic characters (GAIPS). Her research is focused on the affective elements in the interactions between users and computers. In the last few years she has developed significant work in the creation of pedagogical intelligent agents to teach children in areas such as intercultural training, conflict resolution or fight against bullying. She served as a member of numerous international conference and workshops. She has (co)authored over 150 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books. She was a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence SIG on Narrative and Learning Environments, and has been very active in the area of Synthetic Characters and Intelligent Agents. She co-ordinated the participation of INESC-ID in several European projects in the areas of Technology Enhanced Learning, such as the NIMIS project (an I3-ESE project), DiViLab and Safira (IST- 5th Framework), where she was the prime contractor, VICTEC, COLDEX, MindRaces, E-Circus (in the 6th framework) and recently, the LIREC project, a 7th framework EU project in the area of intelligent and robotic companions.
Heleen Riper is Professor of eMental-Health at the Leuphana University, Luneburg (Germany) and Associated Professor at the VU University Amsterdam at the Department of Clinical Psychology and GGZinGeest (The Netherlands). Her national and European research is focused on the development, (cost)-effectiveness and implementation of innovative new media interventions for common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and problem drinking. This is expressed in over 40 large national and European research projects and over 60 national and international (co) authored publications on eMental-health in peer reviewed journals. She is a board member of the International Society (ISRII) for Research on Internet Interventions, founder and chair of the Dutch ISRII (NSRII) and recently co-founded the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII). Professor Riper has worked for a decade at the Trimbos Institute (2000 - 2010) as Director of the Progam of Early Intervention and the Innovation Centre of Mental-Health and Technology. She also chaired the Centre of Prevention. Before this period she worked at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland).
Alberto Sanna is R&D and Business Development Manager of the "e-Services for Life and Health" Unit at the H San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy. He is responsible for design and development of innovative healthcare services, and related business models, based on personalized medicine. His areas of expertise include healthcare process re-engineering and vertical integration in clinical laboratory analyses and pharmaceutical treatments. His special expertise is ICT design for maximizing patient safety and privacy, hospital risk management and supply chain efficiency. He has been a professor in Information Technologies for Proactive Patient Safety Management at CINEAS in Milan since 2004, and has taught Intelligent and Mobile Systems for Innovative Services at the Information Science Department at the University of Insubria. He joined the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in 1991 after graduating in nuclear engineering.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Niilo Saranummi (www.vtt.fi/health) is research professor at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (PhD 1976). He has worked at VTT since 1975 advancing through different positions starting as a research scientist and from 1982 onwards as director of VTT’s Medical Engineering Laboratory with a staff of 70 full time employees. Since VTT's reorganization in 1994, he holds a position of a research professor. He has worked outside VTT in Finland and abroad on a number of assignments. His research interests include ICT services for personalized health and disease management, connected health, and value creation in health ecosystems. He has published over 150 papers and chapters in peer-reviewed international publications. He has participated in various roles into more than 30 EU-funded projects in the area of ICT for health. He is co-founder and chaired the HL7 Finland Society. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine and is currently an Area Editor for IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. He has chaired the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) and served as President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). He is Fellow of FACTE, IAMBE, AIMBE, IEEE, and EAMBES. He was the recipient of IFMBE’s Otto Schmitt award in 2006.
Bachelor (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) in Telecommunications Engineering by Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Director of the Technologies for Health & Wellbeing (TSB) at the the ITACA Institute
Assistant Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Member of the Academic Board for the interuniversity Master on Biomedical Engineering at Valencia. Coordinator of the microcluster Healthy Living, that combines six different R&D university groups working in the field from different approaches.
Since 1998, his research focus is telemedicine, e-health and e-inclusion, especially on the provision of home health care services through telematic media and the concepts of the patient empowerment and the citizen as health coproducer. He has participated in different EU funded projects (from IV till VII FP), Spanish funded projects and taken part in multiple research agreements with companies, dealing most of them with health care and social services making use of Information Communication Technologies.
Petra Wilson is senior director of the European Health and Care team in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). Her work focuses on helping health and care providers develop their strategies for making good use of communication and collaboration technology to demands of care provision for an ageing society, where patients’ needs become wider and demands on health and care providers straddle many of the established silos of care organisation. Prior to Cisco, Petra worked for the European Commission in its eHealth Directorate. She worked specifically on the European eHealth Action Plan, which commits all member states of the European Union to adopt road maps for the implementation of Connected Health solutions. Petra also advised the Commission on legal and ethical issues surrounding use of information technologies in healthcare. Alongside her role at Cisco Petra holds several positions with eHealth interest groups. She acts as secretary general for the European branch of Continua Health Alliance and from July 2012 to July 2013 she will also serve as Chair of the Governing Council Health Information Management and Systems Society (Europe).Originally trained in law, Petra spent several years as a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham University, UK, specializing in healthcare law. She has a Ph.D. in public health law from Oxford University, and has published widely on the legal aspects of using information technologies in healthcare.
David Asch is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation. He is the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion—the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national center to support vulnerable populations and reduce racial disparities. He also created and directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of health or life insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing
Dr. Asch received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his MD from Weill-Cornell Medical College, and his MBA in Health Care Management and Decision Sciences from the Wharton School. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Karina W. Davidson PhD, is Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Medicine and Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She is also the Director of the Center for Behavioral & Cardiovascular Health, and is a clinical health psychologist by training. She is one of the Associate Directors of the Clinical & Translational Science Award at Columbia University Medical Center. Her program of research focuses on behavioral and psychosocial interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has conducted randomized controlled trials of anger management and depression treatment for both hypertensive and post-myocardial infarction patients. She and her colleagues recently completed a multi-site, multi-project NIH contract exploring the etiology, course and randomized controlled treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with acute coronary syndromes, and this research continues by examining depression phenotypes and their biobehavioral mechanisms in a NHLBI-funded program project. She is currently conducting, with a number of colleagues across the nation, an NHLBI-funded randomized controlled trial to test if enhanced depression treatment vs current treatment improves survival in ACS patients at sites across the U.S. Training and mentoring activities include leading the CTSA TL1 predoctoral program for Columbia university, co-leading the PRIDE junior faculty program with Dr. Melissa Begg, an NHLBI-funded training program for historically disadvantaged junior faculty. She has trainees in leading national and international academic institutions, and currently has 8 trainees, ranging from a medical student to three junior faculty in Medicine. She has a NHLBI-funded K24 grant to support these mentoring and training activities.
Marientina Gotsis has a broad background in arts, design and engineering with special interest in medicine, public health and health behavior. She and her team have developed several innovative applications using games for health behavior change in topics such as child development, wellness, obesity, nutrition, exercise, autism, PTSD, rehabilitation, and eye disease. Gotsis has developed partnerships and projects with funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Norlien Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Defense-TATRC, US Department of Education-NIDRR and the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. Formerly the Media Lab Manager for the Interactive Media Division, Gotsis managed technology infrastructure and contributed to several research projects funded by Electronic Arts, Intel, Microsoft and Nokia. She has taught at USC (School of Cinematic Arts, School of Social Work, Roski School of Fine Arts), Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago and Harold Washington College, and she has consulted for small businesses and not-for-profits. Gotsis has 18 years of experience as a designer and technologist. She received a BFA in photography/film/electronic media and an MFA in electronic visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ross A. Hammond is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is director of the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy. His primary area of expertise is modeling complex dynamics of social, economic, political and public health systems using mathematical and agent-based computational methods. His current research topics include obesity, behavioral epidemiology, corruption and anti-corruption policies, ethnocentrism and inter-group relations, and the dynamics of trust. Hammond received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly publications, on a wide range of topics, in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Evolution, Theoretical Population Biology, Preventing Chronic Disease, PLOS One, and Complexity. His work has been feature in New Scientist magazine, Salon and The Atlantic Monthly. Hammond serves on the editorial board of the journal Childhood Obesity and on the steering committee for the Comparative Modeling Network of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (a joint venture of NIH, USDA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).
Dr. Eric Hekler, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University and is the director of the Designing Health Lab @ASU. His research focuses on how to use new and emerging technologies (e.g., smartphones, cloud computing, big data) to promote health behavior change, particularly physical activity and healthful eating. His expertise is in the development and testing of health behavior change interventions via a mixture of behavioral science, user experience design, and human computer interactions methods. Dr. Hekler has developed novel curriculum at ASU focused on designing health behavior change interventions using a mixture of behavioral science and user experience design for promoting healthful habits. Prior to ASU, Dr. Hekler worked for three years at Stanford University as a postdoctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Drs. Abby King, Tom Robinson, and Bill Haskell. He received a B.A. in psychology with three minors in biology, education, and music at SUNY Albany and then later received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Rutgers University under the mentorship of Drs. Richard Contrada and Howard Leventhal. Dr. Hekler has received several honors including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Meritorious Citation Award for a mHealth research, and a team member of a winning team of the Bay Area Health 2.0 “Code-a-thon” in Winter 2011.
Stephen Intille, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity. Dr. Intille received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1999 working on computational vision at the MIT Media Laboratory, an S.M. from MIT in 1994, and a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He has published research on computational stereo depth recovery, real-time and multi-agent tracking, activity recognition, perceptually-based interactive environments, and technology for healthcare. Dr. Intille has been principal investigator on sensor-enabled health technology grants from the NSF, the NIH, foundations, and industry. After ten years as Technology Director of the House_n Research Consortium at MIT, in 2010 he joined Northeastern University to help establish a new transdiciplinary Ph.D. program in Personal Health Informatics.
School of Information, University of Michigan
Predrag "Pedja" Klasnja is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He works at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics, investigating how new technologies can help individuals to effectively manage their health in everyday life. Pedja's dissertation examined how mobile technology can help cancer patients to manage their care-related information during treatment to facilitate patients' self-management and communication with the clinical team. Prior to that, he collaborated with Intel Research Seattle on projects that investigated the use of mobile phones and wearable sensors to encourage regular physical activity, privacy concerns related to the use of on-body sensors, and ways to assess low-salience health-related activities such as walking and sitting with questionnaires running on mobile phones. His current research is exploring the use of mobile phones to support health behavior change in patients with diabetes. Pedja holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington, where he was also a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical and Health Informatics.
Rita Kukafka, PhD, MPH, M.A., is associate professor at Columbia University, appointed with the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Mailman School of Pubic Health (Sociomedical Sciences). She holds a doctorate degree from the School of Public Health at Columbia University and two master’s degrees, one in health education, and the second in biomedical informatics from Columbia University, where she also completed a National Library of Medicine awarded postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics. Dr. Kukafka focuses her research program where social science and behavior change theories applied to biomedical informatics come together in the design, evaluation and implementation of decision aids and IT-enabled interventions for chronic disease self-management, health promotion, and informed decision-making. Her research in decision-making focuses on making risk statistics and other types of probabilistic health information meaningful and useful for patients and the public, and on patient choice in the context of multiple health behaviors. Another line of her research focuses on applying behavioral science theory to inform the implementation of informatics resources including electronic health record in clinical settings and health portals in community settings. Dr. Kukafka is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and an elected member of the New York Academy of Medicine. She serves on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee of the Academic Forum. Dr. Kukafka serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and has authored several key articles and book chapters in the fields of public health informatics and consumer health informatics.
Dr. James C. Lester is a professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He received the B.A. (Highest Honors), M.S.C.S., Ph. D. degrees in Computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, and the B.A. degree in History from Baylor University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has served as Program Chair for the ACM International Conference of Intelligent User Interfaces (2001), Program Chair for the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (2004), Conference Co-Chair for the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (2008), and on the editorial board of Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems (1997-2007). His research focuses on intelligent tutoring systems, computational linguistics, and intelligent user interfaces. It has been recognized with several Best Paper awards. His current interests include intelligent game-based learning environment, computational models of narrative, affective computing, creativity enhancing technologies, and tutorial dialogue. He is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
Robin Mermelstein, PhD. is Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Professor in the Department of Psychology, Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences, and Interim Co-Director of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSA). Dr. Mermelstein has been active in health-behavior related research for over 25years, with continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator on grants since 1986. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in understanding trajectories and developmental patterns of youth smoking, for employing novel approaches to studying contextual factors in the development of nicotine dependence, for developing innovative health behavior clinical interventions for adolescents and adults, and for methodological issues in conducting tobacco-related research. Dr. Mermelstein is currently the Principal Investigator on a NCI-funded program project grant, “Social and Emotional Contexts of Adolescent Smoking Patterns,” which will provide an in-depth, multi-level study of the patterns and predictors of adolescent and young adult smoking and the development of dependence, as well as the Principal Investigator on two other R01s from the NCI. Dr. Mermelstein has served on several Scientific Advisory Committees for national boards and university-based research centers and institutes, along with serving on many NIH review committees In addition to her own funded research, Dr. Mermelstein has been an active mentor for many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and in 2006 received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Clinical Mentor Award.
Brigitte Piniewski, MD is currently the Chief Medical Officer at PeaceHealth Laboratories, serving communities in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Recognizing that our communities are no longer accidentally well, Dr. Piniewski is advancing cross-generational data commons approaches to gather evidence-based health intelligence. This will anchor a new scientific discipline (eScience) and enable reachability management of complex living systems. By collecting high yield health data from lightly instrumented communities through low-cost, scalable technology solutions, socially connected crowds will be able to pro-actively co-produce optimal and sustainable health futures. Dr Piniewski has co-authored papers with the more recent including “Empowering Healthcare Patients with Smart Technology” IEEE Computer Society July 2010 and a US EU collaborative technical report, “Nudging lifestyles for better health outcomes: crowdsourced data and persuasive technologies for behavior change” Piniewski et al. EUR 24785 EN – 2011. Dr Piniewski earned her medical degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. and completed her internship at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Piniewski is a primary care specialist who has practiced for several years in both the US and Canada. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Andrew Raij is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida. Previously, he held post-doctoral appointments at the University of Memphis (2009-2010, advisor: Dr. Santosh Kumar) and the University of Florida (2009, advisor: Dr. Benjamin Lok). He received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida (2009, advisor: Dr. Benjamin Lok), and an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003) and Northwestern University (2001), respectively.
Dr. Raij's current research interests lie in the intersection of personal sensing, interactive computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. His research examines how wearable sensors, smartphones, virtual reality, and information visualization can enable people to reflect on and improve their daily lives. These efforts currently focus on 1) ambient avatar displays for stress management; 2) smartphone-based avatars to motivate adolescents to eat healthy and be physically active; and 3) immersive virtual environments for after-action review of medical team scenarios.
Daniel E. Rivera received the B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester, New York in 1982, the M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, and the Ph.D in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California in 1987.
He is professor of chemical engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to joining ASU he was a member of the Control Systems Section of Shell Development Company in Houston, Texas. His research interests span the topics of dynamic modeling using system identification, robust process control, and applications of control engineering to problems in supply chain management and behavioral health.
Daniel is chair of the IEEE Control System Society’s Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control, and has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine (2003-2007) and IEEE Transactions in Control Systems Technology (2003 – 2011). He is the recipient of the 1994-1995 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award by the ASU student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the 1997-1998 Teaching Excellence Award from the ASU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In 2007 he was awarded a K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (US) to study how dynamical systems and control engineering approaches can be used for improving interventions for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse.
Bonnie Spring is Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University. Her research on behavioral risk factors has been funded continuously since 1976 primarily by federal grants, most recently concerning the use of technology to support health behavior change. A past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), she is a recipient of SBM’s Research to Practice and Distinguished Research Mentor awards and is founding editor of SBM’s journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research. She serves on the American Psychological Association’s Advisory Steering Committee to Develop Treatment Guidelines and also founded the multidisciplinary Council for Training in Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice. Her NIH-funded on-line learning modules on evidence-based practice and the science of team science are freely accessible on the web (at www.ebbp.org and www.teamscience.net , respectively).
Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz’ research focuses on pediatric obesity, and is particularly concerned with understanding how mHealth modalities can be harnessed to influence psychosocial, metabolic and environmental factors to treat and prevent childhood obesity. She holds four master's degrees; two in music, one in creative writing, and one in psychological research methods. She received her PhD in Adolescent Medicine and Medical Ethics from the Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam. She is Associate Professor University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Director, Responsible Conduct in Research for the Keck School of Medicine. Recent studies include a longitudinal study of the impact of puberty on insulin dynamics, mood and physical activity in minority girls (funded by NCI), a study examining the impact of simple carbohydrate versus complex carbohydrate meals on behavior, insulin dynamics, select gut peptides, and psychosocial measures in overweight minority youth (funded by NCHMD), and the KNOWME Networks project, developing Wireless Body Area Networks specifically for minority youth for non-intrusive monitoring of metabolic health, vital signs such as heart rate, and physical activity and other obesity-related behaviors, and real-time interventions to treat and prevent obesity (funded by NCHMD). KNOWME Networks has won several prizes and received national attention. She has used media-based interventions to reduce sedentary behavior in middle school minority females, and recently completed the Wellness Partners project with Gotsis (PI, funded by RWJ), developing and testing a mobile, socially networked game to promote physical activity in adults and families. She is also involved in studies using mobile technologies such as ecological momentary assessment to understand obesity-related behavior in youth. She has a deep interest in harnessing mobile health and new media modalities to bring researchers and researched systems into interaction and to engage people in their own data. Her research centers around using new technologies to understand health-related behaviors in real time and to intervene adaptively to support lasting changes in obesity through changes in societal norms, built and perceived environments, and behavior. You can find more information and publications on her website www.Metzlab.net
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Dr. Aarnio works as a Research Programme Officer at European Commission, ICT for Health Unit, Information Society and Media Directorate, Brussels since 2003. In the research space his focus areas are Personal Health Systems, Virtual Physiological Human, patient safety and risk management while his policy activities deal with telemedicine and mobile eHealth. Before joining the Commission he worked as Principal Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. He was responsible for special issues of high speed solutions for fixed and cellular access networks beyond 3G. He contributed to the vision and strategy work both at corporate and research center levels. He worked as a post-doc at Alcatel-SEL Forschungszentrum, Stuttgart, Germany 1994-95. He prepared his Doctor's thesis at Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT), Electronic materials and components and got his degree in solid state physics at Helsinki University of Technology, 1992. He has co-authored several patents and publications.
René van Bavel is currently responsible for co-ordinating work on behavioral studies at the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS). Over the past nine years he has worked as a researcher, policy analyst and team leader in the policy areas of information and communication technology and research and innovation. Prior to joining JRC-IPTS in 2003 he taught social psychology at the University of Cambridge. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Queen's University, Canada, and his MSc and PhD in social psychology at the London School of Economics.
Loukianos Gatzoulis, PhD, obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1993. He subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated with the degree of MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, and later with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK, for work on intravascular ultrasound imaging. He subsequently worked at the wireless communication sector and as post-doc research fellow at the University of Strathclyde, in the UK. In 2005, he joined the ICT for Health Unit of the European Commission as a Scientific Officer. He is currently leading the research activities of ICT for Health in the area of Personal Health Systems.
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Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist Administrator at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Wendy’s scientific focus is on the science of human behavior and behavior change, including: utilizing mobile technology to better understand and improve health, adherence, the mechanisms of behavior change and behavioral interventions in complex patients in primary care. More specifically, her efforts in mobile and wireless health (mHealth) research include: convening meetings to address methodology and barriers to the utilization of mobile technology in research; serving on numerous federal mHealth initiatives; and, leading the mHealth training institutes. Wendy is also the chair of the Adherence Network, a trans-NIH effort to enhance and develop the science of adherence. She is also a member of the Science of Behavior Change, Health Economics and HMO Collaboratory working groups. These projects are initiatives funded through the Common Fund that target behavioral and social sciences research to improve health across a wide range of domains. Wendy also chairs the NIH Integrating Health Strategies workgroup that supports the science of behavioral treatments for ‘complex patients’ in primary care.
Wendy’s past research has focused on the psychological and social functioning of children and families involved in the child welfare (Child Protective Services and foster care) and court systems. She has been the principal investigator on multiple studies, including a Patient-Oriented Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Past research areas included: interventions to improve the functioning of school-age youth in foster care, evaluation of community-based child abuse prevention programs, cross-cultural assessments of childhood sexual abuse and the relationship between trauma exposure, family functioning and current psychological status. Her work has also included the co-authorship of a text of child and adolescent psychopathology.
Misha Pavel is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in charge of a program called Smart Health and Wellbeing. Concurrently, he has an appointment as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, at Oregon Health and Science University. Previously, he was a chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Point of Care Laboratory, which focuses on unobtrusive monitoring, neurobehavioral assessment and computational modeling in support of care for elders. His current research is focused on technology that would enable transformation of healthcare to be proactive, distributed and patient-centered. Prior to his academic career, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, where his research included network analysis and modeling. His current research is at the intersection of computational modeling of complex behaviors of biological systems, engineering, and cognitive science with a focus on information fusion, pattern recognition, augmented cognition, and the development of multimodal and perceptual human-computer interfaces. He developed a number of quantitative and computational models of perceptual and cognitive processes, eye movement control, and a theoretical framework for knowledge representation; the resulting models have been applied in a variety of areas, ranging from computer-assisted instruction systems, to enhanced vision systems for aviation, to augmented cognition systems. He has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from New York University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Holly Jimison is Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Her research involves developing design principles for technology to enable patients to be more active and engaged in their medical care. She serves on the Executive Council for the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology and has research projects on tailoring health interventions for older adults based on feedback from in-home monitoring, as well as computer modeling projects for assessing cognitive states using embedded metrics within adaptive computer games. Dr. Jimison also currently serves as a Technology Advisor and Health Scientist with the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health. Her NIH work is focused on defining new research directions for shared medical decision making and on “big data” initiatives related to developing clinically relevant behavioral markers based on the monitoring of health behaviors in the home and environment.
Jimi Huh is an Assistant Professor of Research, at the Department of Preventive Medicine, the University of Southern California. She has expertise in applying advanced analytic skills to prevention research, with special emphasis on multilevel modeling, mixed effects location scale model, mixture growth curve modeling, and latent class analysis. In addition, she has a broad background in psychology and epidemiology, with specific interests in the topic of psycholopathology, addiction, and research methods. As a PI of an ongoing state-funded grant, her research addresses health inequity and culturally-specific determinants relating to tobacco use among young ethnic minority group, using mixed methods. Currently, she is also developing a research program involving smartphone-based EMA to gain deeper understanding of contextual determinants of tobacco use among ethnic minorities. Moreover, she has collaborated in developing statistical models using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and accelerometer data to examine the intraindividual variability of contexts relating to physical activity among adults and adolescents. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, US.
Heidi Lehtonen has 6+ years of industry experience in user experience (UX) design, research and concepting. Currently she is working as a research assistant at Tampere University of Technology (TUT), in a project for commercializing research results in personal health coaching area. Her main professional interests at the moment lie in visual and interaction design and persuasive technologies, and how the principles of those could be applied in supporting people to take better care of themselves.
Until January 2012, she was working as a UX designer for Nokia, where her tasks ranged from end-user research and competitor analysis to high-level UX concepting and more detailed user interface and interaction design of several Symbian applications, including widely used applications like calendar and camera with 200 million potential users worldwide. Earlier she has been working with a variety of themes such as mobile television, mobile multimedia, and speech user interfaces. She also has experience in conducting user studies and experiments, both in a laboratory setting and outside.
Ms. Lehtonen holds a B.Sc. degree in Interactive Technology from University of Tampere, Finland. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis.
Elina Mattila is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She received her M.Sc. (Tech.) and Ph.D. (Tech.) degrees at the Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering in Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. The topic of her doctoral thesis was “Design and evaluation of a mobile phone diary for personal health management”. In the beginning of her career, she worked on biomedical signal processing and algorithm development. Currently, her main professional interests lie in the design and evaluation of technology-assisted interventions and in systems and services for health promotion. She has extensive experience in mobile applications for well-being management, especially involving self-monitoring. She has worked on applications and systems for managing several different aspects of health, including weight management, physical activity, sleep, and mental well-being. She works closely with experts of different fields, especially psychology and medicine, to develop technologies based on psychological theories of behaviour change. Dr. Mattila has also been involved in organizing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate these technologies. She has authored or co-authored 35 scientific publications in the field of biomedical engineering.
Outi Kenttä holds a M.Sc degree in Information Engineering from University of Oulu, Finland. She is currently with Tampere University of Technology (TUT) to pursue a doctoral degree in Personal Health Technology and is interested in technology as an enabler for personal well-being from consumer perspective. In addition to research, her work consists of project management and supervising software development projects. Moreover, she is currently completing a second M.Sc. in management and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining TUT, Outi has held positions in sales, research and software development. She worked as a technical sales engineer with customer interfacing role involving sales and marketing tasks for four years, in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Before that, she was with VTT in Finland as a researcher in health-related technologies and has published at that time. Earlier on, she worked as a software developer for shorter periods of time in different companies.
Teresa Meneu has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, 2001) and a MBA (Instituto Universitario de Posgrado, 2004), and is currently in the research phase of her PhD studies at UPV, focused in Health Management and Healthcare Processes. She is responsible of the eHealth Research Programme at the ITACA-TSB group of the Universitat Politècnica de València. Since 2001, she has actively participated in more than 20 national and international projects in the areas of ehealth and einclusion i.e. as coordinator of the creative process for the design of new services and ideas, the acquisition of the user requirements, the definition of business models, the evaluation and assessment of the impact of the solution and the project management. She has also acted as peer reviewer in several European Projects and is part of the Scientific Committee of several international congresses and conferences in the domain. She is member of the board of the Professional Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Valencia, of the board of the ehealth area of the Joint Research Unit of the university and the Hospital La Fe of Valencia and co-founder of the spin-off TSB. She is a consultancy expert for the regional health ministry of Valencia in ehealth and European Programmes on the health domain and has represented the Valencia Health Agency in expert meetings and workshops of the European Commission such as the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing.
Dr. Aarnio works as Research Programme and Policy Officer at European Commission, Health and Well-being Unit, Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), Brussels since 2003. His is in charge of developing R&D funding and policy activities in the domains of Personalised Guidance Services for lifestyle management, disease prevention and integrated care. His recent interests include also aspects of telemedicine, mobile eHealth, the Digital Agenda and contributions to the development of the European Innovation Partnership initiative on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA). Before joining the Commission he worked as Principal Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. He worked as a post-doc at Alcatel-SEL Forschungszentrum, Stuttgart, Germany 1994-95. He prepared his Doctor's thesis at Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and got his degree in solid state physics at Helsinki University of Technology, 1992.