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 Highlights

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2018, 9:30am – 5:00pm UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media
    • 2nd Annual Conference: Digital Health at the Intersection of Academia and Industry
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 3:00-4:00pm Reuven Dar, Ph.D.
    • Effects of Real-time Monitoring and Notification of Smoking Episodes on Smoking Reduction: Test of a Novel Smoking Cessation Phone App
  • November 15, 2017, 12:30-2:30pm – InCHIP GIS Workshop Dr. Debs Ghosh, Associate Professor of Geography
  • March 2, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture Chandra Osborn, PhD, MPH, One Drop, Informed Data Systems Inc.
    • “The One Drop app with In-app Coaching Engages, Empowers, and Improves Health Outcomes”
    • View Streaming Video
  • February 23, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture J. Graham Thomas, PhD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • “Digital Health Technology for the Assessment and Treatment of Obesity and Related Behaviors”
    • View Streaming Video
  • January 26, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH, University of Colorado, Aurora
    • “Innovations in Technology for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The mHealth Impact Lab”
    • View streaming video
  • March 24, 2016, 12-1pm – EMRIG Workshop Matt Larson, Janel Wright, and Eli Strassfeld, UConn Procurement Services
  • October 15, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture Jennifer Stinson, PhD, CPNP; University of Toronto
    • “Improving Child Health Outcomes: Harnessing Electronic and Mobile Health Technologies”
    • View streaming video
  • May 7, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture Gary Bennett, PhD – Duke University
    • “Using Digital Health to Improve Comprehensive Obesity Treatment Among the Medically Vulnerable”
    • View streaming video
  • March 31, 2015: Digital Health Science Cafe at Costa del Sol: This networking event co-hosted by CICATS and InCHIP was a huge success! Researchers from UConn, UConn Health Center, and community agencies convened to present their digital health research interests and potential areas where they’re looking for collaborators. We are looking forward to seeing new research collaborations in the field of digital health in the near future.
  • October 16, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm – InCHIP Lecture Sherry Pagoto, PhD – Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and co-founder of the UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media
  • May 6, 2014 – Presentation on UConn’s Digital Media Center Tim Hunter – Professor and Head of the Digital Media & Design Department, and Director of the Digital Media Center, University of Connecticut
  • April 24, 2014 – InCHIP Lecture John Mangano, MBA – Vice President, comScore
    • “Pixels, Patients and Prevention – How Patients Use The Internet to Manage Their Health”
    • View streaming video
  • April 17, 2014 – InCHIP Lecture Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS – Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine
    • “Women in Control: virtual world diabetes self-management education for African American women with DM”
    • View streaming video
  • April 10, 2014 – InCHIP Lecture Tim Bickmore, PhD – Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University