Annual Conferences

5th Annual Virtual Conference: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Media, Misinformation, and Science Communication

May 13-14, 2021

The theme of the 2021 annual CHASM conference is “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Media, Misinformation, and Science Communication.” The COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear how misinformation on the internet can have dire public health consequences and the important role scientists have in communicating to the public. At this two-day conference we will discuss how scientists, clinicians, public health professionals, and patients can work together to counteract the infodemic.

Nationally renowned keynote speakers and panelists will share their work examining online COVID-19 patient communities, vaccine hesitancy and acceptance, health inequities and global health communication.

Natalie Lambert, PhD. Indiana University
Allison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, University of Pennsylvania
Wizdom Powell, PhD, UConn Health
Scott Ratzan, MD, MPA, City University of New York

Monica Wang, PhD, Boston University
Jessica Gold, MD, MS, Washington University in St. Louis
Eleanor Murray, ScD, Boston University
Eugenia South, MD, MSHP, University of Pennsylvania
Natalie Shook, PhD, University of Connecticut
Jasmin Tiro, PhD, University of Texas

We will be accepting abstracts for formal paper sessions and video paper sessions. The conference will include two formal paper sessions, one on each day of the conference. Each paper session will feature 3 paper presenters who will each speak for 12 mins and take questions for 3 minutes. Each day of the conference will conclude with a video paper viewing and discussion with authors.

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2020 Virtual Conference: Building an Evidence Base for Commercially Available Technology

Speakers: Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD,University of South Carolina; Yelena Wu, PhD, University of Utah; Heather Patrick, PhD, Private Sector; David Conroy, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Aaron Coleman, CEO of Fitabase; Jennifer Huberty, PhD, Arizona State University

When: May 14-15, 2020

Description: The UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media (CHASM) 2020 Annual Conference was 100% virtual. The theme of the 2020 annual CHASM conference is “Building an Evidence Base for Commercially Available Technology,” and focused on research that evaluates the reliability, accuracy, efficacy, or real world effectiveness of commercially available technology including mobile apps, sensors, devices, or social media platforms. Digital health is a $200 billion industry with countless apps, devices, platforms and sensors available in the marketplace and in the hands of millions of users. This marketplace offers myriad opportunities for research aiming to improve health outcomes. Evidence is direly needed for commercially available technologies to guide healthcare professionals on which products to “prescribe” to their patients, and to guide consumers on which products are worth their time and money.

We designed the program to catalyze research on commercial health technologies and to lay out a roadmap for best practices, including how to navigate the myriad methodological, logistical, and ethical challenges of research using commercial health technologies. We featured nationally renowned keynote speakers from academia and industry who have expertise in using commercially available health technologies in research. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in virtual breakout sessions to give them closer access to speakers for advice on anything from developing relationships with industry to innovative research designs. Attendees were also strongly encouraged to come ready to develop a research question during the conference and submit seed grant proposals to two funding opportunities that opened shortly after the conference. Three workshops were held on Friday, May 15: Research Designs for Testing Commercially Available Technology, How To Write an Effective Seed Grant, and Introduction to Social Network Analysis.

Video Poster Abstracts: In lieu of a traditional poster session, we hosted a video poster session. Instead of a traditional poster, presenters produced a 1 minute video summarizing their research in any way they saw fit. Awards were given to the video with the most views and to those selected by our judges for Best Video Poster by a Student and Best Video Poster Overall. You can enjoy video posters on our YouTube playlist.

Seed Grants for Conference Attendees: Two funding opportunities are available exclusively to registered conference attendees. One opportunity is open to all attendees and one is reserved for PIs from UConn. The company Calm is kindly sponsoring one funding opportunity for any attendees interested in using Calm in their research. CHASM and UConn’s InCHIP are co-sponsoring the seed grant opportunity reserved for UConn investigators. See more information and submission details here.

3rd Annual UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference

“Social Media and Health”

Date: 5/16/19

Location: Student Union Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Road, U-3008. Storrs, CT 06269-3008

Speakers: Drs. David Cavallo (Case Western Reserve University), Michael Amato (Truth Initiative), Christopher Carroll (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center), Sherry Emery (NORC at University of Chicago), Cesar Gabriel Escobar-Viera (University of Pittsburgh), Philip Massey (Drexel University), and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch (University of Connecticut)


2nd Annual UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference: Digital Health At the Intersection of Academia and Industry

Date: 5/17/18

Location: Rome Commons Ballroom, University of Connecticut, 626 Gilbert Road Ext., Storrs, CT 06269

Time: 9:00 am – 5 pm

Presented by: UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

Speakers: Dr. John Torous, Co-Director of the Digital Psychiatry Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Dr. Kate Wolin, Chief Science Officer, Interactive Health; Dr. Emil Chiauzzi, Clinical Research Psychologist, Principal Scientist, PatientsLikeMe; Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Details: The UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media is pleased to present its 2nd Annual Conference with the theme of Digital Health at the Intersection of Academia and Industry.  The conference will be held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on May 17, 2018.  Speakers from Cedars-Sinai, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PatientsLikeMe, and Interactive Health will be presenting state-of-the-art research on mobile apps, devices, wearables, and social media. A panel will discuss the topic of building interdisciplinary and academia-industry collaborations. A poster session and wine reception will be held at 4:00 pm. See full agenda.

Submit Abstract (by 3/19/18):

Registration ($40/free for UConn students):

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First Annual UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference: How Digital Health is Revolutionizing Medicine

Date: 5/18/17

Location: Faculty Conference Room, Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA

Time: 10am – 3:30pm

Presented by: UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Bennett, Duke University