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Tim Brickmore: Supporting Patients with Low Health Literacy using Mobile Conversational Agents 

Tim Brickmore

When raiding the fridge
Researchers find a way to track how you feel when it’s time for a meal


Many of us lie or can’t remember what we ate when asked to reveal our eating habits, and that makes it difficult for doctors and researchers to guide us toward better diets and behaviors. But what if there was a way for them to monitor us?
Donna Spruijt-Metz, director of the mHealth Collaboratory at the USC Center for Economic and Social Research, and her team are testing an innovative approach to address obesity: devices that measure mood and eating behaviors rather than focusing on dietary intake.

“The three-day multiple pass dietary recall that asks people to remember what they ate is the gold standard for measuring food intake, but we can’t accurately measure someone’s diet or food intake,” said Spruijt-Metz, a research professor of psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “We really have no idea what people eat, because people lie. People don’t remember.”  Read More

Health Data Exploration Project
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology Research Initiative
Webinar: Citizen Science with Dr. Andrea Wiggins
Available now at

Join Dr. Andrea Wiggins from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies for a thorough discussion on the role of technologies in citizen science, and how ordinary people become involved in meaningful real-world research through citizen science projects, and how technologies can help.  READ MORE 

The 3rd ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications (WearSys) will be held at the beautiful Niagara Falls (USA) on 19th June 2017.
We invite submissions in the form of papers (6pg limit) or posters/demos (2pg limit) until a deadline of 21 March 2017. 
This year we are privileged and happy to have Prof. Santosh Kumar, Director of NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), Univ of Memphis, USA to give a keynote at WearSys. The program will also include talks from scholars and experts from diverse areas.
The goal of this workshop is to diversify across disciplines. We hope that this workshops also 
attracts audience from the health and medical community thus providing complementary knowledge to the mobile and wearables community in computer science and engineering. We hence strongly encourage submissions from the medical domain as well.
The call for submissions is copied below. Looking forward to your submissions. 
For any questions you can email  <>

Big Data Analytics for IoT Healthcare: 
At the 2017 IEEE GlobalSIP:
Montreal, Canada
 Nov 14-16, 2017
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D., Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) and Smart and Connected Community (S&CC) at National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.
We invite you to submit your research articles and participate in this new community. 
Please feel free to contact our team if there are any questions. 
Thank you, 
Organizers of the symposium 
General Co-Chairs: 
Kunal Mankodiya, University of Rhode Island, USA (  
Yan Lindsay Sun, University of Rhode Island, USA (
Technical Committee Chair 
Geng Yang, Zhejiang University, China (
Publication Chair 
Amir Amiri, Temple University, USA (


 Job Openings:

Faculty member in mHealth and Related Technologies
Candidates must have either an MD, with an MPH preferred, a PhD, or other applicable doctoral degree, and expertise in a technology-relevant field such as psychology, computer science, engineering, or cognitive science. Candidates must have current funding and a proven track record in obtaining NIH (or comparable) funding and high productivity of impactful publication in the fields of mobile health, digital behavior change interventions, social networks and health and other areas at the interface of health and technology. Proven leadership ability is also required as successful candidates will be expected to lead campus wide multidisciplinary efforts in technology and health.

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH) at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine (, is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body, and invites applications for a full-time Associate/Full Professor faculty position. Series will include 100% Ladder Rank or 50% Ladder Rank / 50% In-Residence with secured extramural funding.
 Further information and application procedures can be found at: 

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) invites applications for a senior (Associate/Full), tenure eligible position focused on novel approaches to accessing data on human social, psychological and/or behavioral/biobehavioral processes. This position also will serve as the Academic Director of SSRI’s Survey Research Center and, in this new role, pursue novel approaches to extending/supplementing traditional survey data collection approaches. Potential research domains include, but are not limited to, active and passive data collection through mobile devices, social media, and sensors for environmental and physiological data, as well as innovative approaches to capturing population/epidemiological data. As elaborated in the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) strategic plan, opportunities for novel data acquisition and measurement paradigms in the social and behavioral sciences are evolving rapidly. We seek a colleague who will develop and implement a vision for innovative approaches that spark novel questions about and insights into human bio-psycho-social and behavioral processes--as these operate in context and across the life cycle. Social and behavioral scientists are located in colleges across Penn State, are oriented to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and have substantial expertise in traditional survey methods, quantitative analysis of human development and demographic and social change, design, implementation and evaluation of education and preventive intervention programs, real-time ambulatory assessment, and spatial and social network analysis (SSRI). Social/behavioral scientists also connect to interdisciplinary expertise such as in measurement of the physical environment (IEE) and physiological processes (HUCK), device development (MRI), cyberscience (ICS), and clinical and translational science (CTSI). To foster innovation and capitalize on Penn State’s strengths, we seek candidates with strong publication and external funding records along with demonstrated teaching and graduate mentorship proficiency. The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in the relevant discipline and join the faculty in the academic unit that provides the best fit to her/his research and teaching interests: Biobehavioral Health, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Information Science and Technology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. We welcome joint appointments across departments and/or colleges. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled; we expect the position to start by August, 2018. To apply, applicants must complete an online application that includes a cover letter describing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three references and supporting materials (reprints, preprints, statement of teaching and research interests). Please direct questions to the search coordinator, Ms. Rebecca Shultz, or to Professor Susan McHale,, Director, Social Science Research Institute. Please include Innovative Methods Search in the subject line.
Here is a link:


The Centre for Behavior Change is now hiring a Research Associate in Digital Behavior Change.
An opening exists for an experienced and enthusiastic researcher to work on a range of behavior change projects within UCL’s Centre for Behavior Change. 50% of this post will be funded by a EU Horizon2020 grant aiming to improve independent living in older adults through the use of technology.
In addition, the post-holder will work on a range of other theoretical and applied behavior change projects (e.g. the Human Behavior Change Project) as well as support the Director of the centre in writing grant proposals and publications.
The post if funded for 2 years in the first instance. Application deadline 16th March.
Full information, job descriptions and applications can be found at the following link:

Responsibilities and Duties

The All of Us Research Program plans to enroll over 1 million participants from across the United States and its territories, and to keep them engaged in the research program for at least 10 years primarily through ongoing digital communications. The Staff Scientist, Sr. will work with the STSI (Scripps Translational Science Institute) or TSRI (The Scripps Research Institute) Principal Investigator (PI), Associate Directors and TECH network partners to propose, implement, and analyze behavioral research studies that aim to improve participant and provider engagement in the All of Us Research Program.
Propose, implement, and analyze behavioral research studies that aim to improve participant and provider engagement in the All of Us Research Program.
Summarize and assess the existing evidence from the behavioral literature in order to inspire new approaches to recruiting and keeping participants engaged.
Propose new experimental designs and help coordinate their implementation, in order to support ongoing research as well and recruitment and engagement.
Collaborate with the TECH program partners such as PatientsLikeMe, Wondros, Walgreens and WebMD to develop relationships to improve service to prospective participants.
Design and execute detailed plans and timelines to provide data-driven insights and recommendations to All of Us leadership and partners.
Conduct data analyses with the appropriate statistical approach.
Performs other duties and tasks as required or requested.