eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group


The eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group (EMRIG) was formed in the spring of 2013 and is comprised of researchers at UConn and other institutions/organizations who are interested in digital health research and the use of mobile technologies, social media, web-based interventions, sensors, and other new technologies to assess and modify health behavior. Members are informed through the group’s listserv and website about relevant funding opportunities, presentations, conferences, webinars, trainings, publications, and new developments in eHealth/mHealth. The group sponsors events and activities in digital health, and assists members in identifying potential research collaborators, technology experts, and funding mechnisms. The primary goal of these various activities is to foster new multidisciplinary research collaborations that address important individual and public health issues in new and innovative ways.

In August 2014, the EMRIG expanded to also become a CICATS Core Interest Group (CIG), which means that the eHealth/mHealth research interest group is co-sponsored by both InCHIP on the Storrs campus and the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn Health.

Leadership Team

The InCHIP eHealth/mHealth Research Interest Group Leadership Team is comprised of the following UConn faculty:

Deborah Cornman, PhD
Associate Director, InCHIP
Associate Research Professor, InCHIP
Debs Ghosh, PhD
Associate Professor, Geography

Join Us

To join the eHealth/mHealth RIG, please fill out the form below:


Upcoming Events

Conferences and Colloquia

Shira Dunsiger“Patterns of Change in Behavioral Medicine: A Case Study”

Date: Thursday, November 8 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor)

Led by: Shira Dunsiger, PhD

Description: Dr. Dunsiger is currently a Research Scientist at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School and an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from Brown University and completed a T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine before transitioning to a faculty position. Her research focus is on developing sophisticated statistical methodology for analyzing data from behavioral medicine, including smoking cessation, physical activity, mood, depression and adherence outcomes. Her broad research interests include pattern detection, “big data,” and statistical mediation.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman“Innovations in Mobile Technology for Engaging Youth in Treatment and Prevention”

Date: Thursday, November 29 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor)

Led by: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH

Description: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman completed her medical school training at the University of Virginia and became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2001 after completing residency training at Stanford University. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). She has published >90 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM. She is the PI of iTech, The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology Across the Prevention and Care Continuum. This grant, part of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN), seeks to develop a technology center to address the domestic epidemic of HIV among at risk and HIV-infected youth.

eHealth/mHealth RIG Resources