RAG Events

Upcoming events

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6/5/18 at noon, Roberts 1-120B

Invited speaker: Susan Murphy, PhD (Harvard)

Mobile Health Intervention Optimization

Mobile devices along with wearable sensors facilitate our ability to deliver supportive treatments anytime and anywhere.  Indeed, mobile interventions are being developed and employed across a variety of health fields, including to support HIV medication adherence, encourage physical activity and healthier eating as well as to support recovery in addictions. A critical question in the optimization of mobile health interventions is:  "When and in which contexts, is it most useful to deliver treatments to the user?"  This question concerns time-varying dynamic moderation by the context (location, stress, time of day,  mood, ambient noise, etc.)  of the effectiveness of the treatments on user behavior.    In this talk we discuss the micro-randomized trial design and associated data analyses for use in assessing moderation.   We illustrate this approach with the micro-randomized trial of HeartSteps, a physical activity mobile intervention

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Past events

February 27, 2018- Speaker Series

Methodology Spotlight: Multiphase Optimization Strategy

Presenter: Linda Collins, PhD (Penn State)

Introduction to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Building Better Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions

Linda M. Collins, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Director of The Methodology Center, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the advancement and dissemination of quantitative methods for applications in the behavioral sciences. She is currently collaborating on research applying MOST to develop optimized behavioral interventions in the areas of smoking cessation, weight loss, prevention of excessive drinking and risky sex in college students, and HIV services.


January 25, 2018- Speaker Series

Methodology Spotlight: Human Computer Interaction

Presenter: Samantha Finkelstein, PhD (Carnegie Mellon)

"But what's *really* wrong?" Solving problems in context with human-computer interaction

Techniques that focus on telling patients to be healthy often fail to promote the behaviors we most hope to see. For example, for a 13 year old type 1 diabetic, lack of compliance is likely not due to simply forgetting, but rather to not wanting to feel like their identity is "someone who is sick," or feeling embarrassed to give themselves an insulin shot  in the school cafeteria. In this presentation, Dr Finkelstein will describe the sets of methodologies employed in Human-Computer Interaction to first figure out what is driving someone's behaviors in practice, and then building technologies that target these real (and often unrealized) problems.


October 16, 2017- CHOP Works in Progress


Abramson 123-C

Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS will present: "U-reaact: A Multi-center Trial to Engage Youth With Kidney and Urological Diseases in Their Treatment Adherence Through Text Messaging, Positive Feedback and Financial Incentives"
Gregory Tasian, MD, MSc, MSCE will present: "PUSH: Integrating Technology, Financial Incentives, and Structured Problem Solving to Maintain High Fluid Intake Among Adolescents and Adults with Kidney Stones"

Dr. Amaral's Slides


June 26th, 2017- mHealth Research at CHOP


Colket 1200A

Overview of current research, the changing digital health space at CHOP and feedback on the mHealth RAG’s first year.


Group Discussion Notes


June 8, 2017- What is the mHealth Service?


Colket 1200A

Nalaka Gootneratne, MD and Mauricio Novelo will highlight ongoing projects, including apps to facilitate research recruitment and logistics, monitoring assessments, and mPhenomics (which integrates biometric data), with a focus on NIH grant application strategies



April 5, 2017- Works in Progress discussion

9-10 AM

Hope Auditorium

Tiffany Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM will present "Adapting an Evidence-based Intervention for STD prevention in young women into Text Messages"
Anne Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN and Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSPHR will present "Developing a mobile health application to promote uptake of the HPV vaccine among 11-15 year olds"


February 17, 2017- OTT, OEI, OGC Panel Discussion

Abramson 123-C

A panel discussion on intellectual property, contracting, and patenting in mHealth research featuring Zev Sunlief, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Gelvinia Stevenson.


November 3, 2016- Speaker series

Presenter: Christopher Cushing, PhD (University of Kansas)- "Precision Medicine: Methods and Measures for Realizing the Potential of mHealth"


September 19, 2016- mHealth Research Showcase




June 2, 2016 Speaker series

Presenters: Raina Merchant, MD and Dan O’Connor (University of Pennsylvania)


Notes from group activity

Raina Merchant slides

Dan O’Connor slides


May 19, 2016- Kickoff meeting

Presenters: Bryan Wolf, MD and Dennis Durbin


Notes from group activity

Intro slides

Dennis Durbin slides

Video of Dr. Wolf's intro

Video of Mr. Durbin's talk