Kate Eddens, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, USA
Dr. Eddens’ research agenda focuses on increasing the reach and effectiveness of health communication strategies to connect underserved populations to cancer prevention and control services and solutions by utilizing social network analysis, word- of-mouth communication and marketing, unique social service channels, and innovative technology. She is currently developing tablet-based network data collection and visualization software that optimizes opportunities for technology to transcend issues of literacy by adapting to the user and facilitating important network connections.
Dr. Eddens’ primary focus is in using egocentric social support and communication networks to understand how to reach people with effective information and persuade them to participate in cancer screening and prevention services. She is currently developing technology to facilitate this research and has found that showing people their social support and health communication networks has a powerful impact on how they perceive the amount of support they have in their lives. She is working towards building this as a clinical tool that can help guide the provision of social support services and resources throughout the cancer survivorship continuum as well. Other general areas of focus include social network analysis, technology development, using unique channels such as social services to reach people with cancer prevention and control information, health literacy, disparity and underserved populations, and health communication.
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Jyotica Batra, PhD
Instructor, Bellarmine University, USA
Dr. Batra is trained as a biochemical/biophysical scientist, specializing in the characterization of protein folding, protein structure determination, enzyme kinetics, and inhibitor design. She has used structural and biochemical approaches both experimentally and computationally to design new matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors in cancer therapeutics.
Jackie Bender, PhD
Research Scientist, ELLICSR Health Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Centre; Research Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
Jackie Bender is a social and behavioral health scientist. She is a Research Scientist at the ELLICSR Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Centre, and the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network, and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on designing and evaluating ways to improve the health and health care experience of people affected by cancer through the use of social support and information and communication technologies. In particular, Dr. Bender has presented and published extensively on the topic of online communities and social media for health.
Steven Coughlin, PhD, MPH
Visiting Professor, Division of Public Health, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Core Faculty, Center for mHealth and Social Media, University of Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Steven S. Coughlin has a broad background in epidemiology, cancer prevention and control, veterans health, women’s health, and health disparities. He has held several positions including faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Acting Director of the Lombardi Cancer Research Center Biostatistics Unit, faculty at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, senior epidemiologist for the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, and senior epidemiologist for the VA Office of Public Health. He has participated in numerous collaborative studies as principal investigator or co-investigator on studies related to cancer of the breast, cervix, colon, and ovary, cancer rescreening, and on the health of Gulf War Veterans. He has extensive experience in several community-based studies on health disparities and interests in using smartphone apps for preventing chronic illnesses in a variety of underserved populations. Dr. Coughlin has published over 250 scientific articles and several books. He is Associate Editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology, Editor-in-Chief of the Ommega Journal of Environment and Health Science, a Member of the Senior Editorial Board of the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics, and a Member of the Editorial Board of Risk Management and Healthcare Policy. In 2014, he received the Research Integrity Award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
Dr. Coughlin’s research focuses include the use of smartphone applications to promote healthy behaviors in diverse populations, weight loss, nutrition, diet, physical activity, breast cancer prevention, and health disparities.
David Gustafson, PhD
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA
Dave Gustafson directs the University of Wisconsin−Madison’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, which includes the national program office for the Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment, and Center of Excellence on Active Aging Research (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). His research interests focus on developing systems engineering tools to support sustainable individual and organizational improvement. His individual change research develops and tests computer systems to help people deal with significant issues affecting quality of life including addiction, cancer and aging. He has published over 270 reviewed publications, including seven books. Dave is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Association for Health Services Research, the American Medical Informatics Association, the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which he co-founded and was board vice-chair. He co-chaired the federal Science Panel on Interactive Communications in Health and serves on NIH’s Dissemination and Implementation in Health Study Section.
Dave’s primary focuses include organizational change and computer based support systems.
Gary Kreps, PhD
University Distinguished Professor of Communication, George Mason University, USA
Gary L Kreps, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University. He conducts research on the use of strategic evidence-based communication intervention to promote health and reduce heath disparities.
Gary examines strategies for disseminating health information effectively to diverse audience across multiple communication channels. He is particularly interested in humanizing the use of digital health information channels.
Francois Modave, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of mHealth, University of Florida, USA
Dr. Modave is trained in mathematics and computer science. His research focuses on the development of algorithms and their mHealth / informatics implementation in biomedical research. He is particularly interested in decision-making and decision theory, and mHealth interventions at the point of care for the management of chronic diseases, and for cancer prevention. Dr. Modave has been the recipient of awards from the National Cancer Institute, the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, NASA / Boeing, and IBM.
Dr. Modave’s primary focuses include mHealth interventions for the management of chronic diseases (obesity, type II diabetes) and mHealth interventions for cancer prevention (in particular colorectal cancer screening). He is also interested in the connections between cancer and obesity, physical activity, shared and informed decision making, as well as machine learning approaches for data exploration and analysis in cancer research.
Han Wu, MS, BE
Senior Scientific Programmer, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Han manages the research computing and development of IT resources at the Office of Research, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and New Jersey Cancer Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He oversees the development, operations and infrastructure of various frameworks, platforms, web applications and databases pertaining to IT solutions to support and facilitate scientific and clinical research.