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

Speakers: Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD,University of South Carolina; Yelena Wu, PhD, Utah State University; David Conroy, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, University of California San Diego; Aaron Colemane, CEO of Fitabase; Jennifer Huberty, PhD, Arizona State University

When: May 14-15, 2020

Description: The goal of the 2020 Annual Conference is to catalyze research on commercial technologies and to lay out a roadmap for best practices for this research, including how to navigate the myriad methodological and ethical challenges. It will feature keynote speakers with expertise in a wide breadth of health research topics (e.g., obesity, cancer survivorship, stress and trauma, cancer prevention, nutrition, physical activity, ethics) and commercially available technology (e.g., mobile apps, social media, wearables). Attendees will participate in networking sessions based on topics of interest and be encouraged to workshop research questions in a sandbox style format. Investigators and students will have the opportunity to present their work in a poster session. Post-conference sessions will take place on Friday, May 15 and will discuss strategies for leveraging technology for behavioral research. Conference attendees will have assistance from keynote speakers and Center faculty in refining their research ideas and preparing an application for a Seed Grant cosponsored by the Center and InCHIP.

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Research Project Management Webinar Series, Part 1: Using project management tools to initiate and plan your projects

Presenters: Jessica Bibeau, MA, PMP

When: Monday, October 28, 12-1pm

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Webinar: An overview of methods for capturing and examining social media data for health research

Presenters: Molly Waring, PhD

When: Monday, December 9, 12-1PM

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Webinar: Leveraging social media to recruit research study participants

Presenters: Kaylei Arcangel, MA

When: Monday, February 10, 12-1PM

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Webinar: Large national datasets assessing health-related use of the internet, technology, and social media

Presenters: Molly Waring, PhD

When: Monday, April 6, 12-1PM

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Research Project Management Webinar Series, Part 2: Developing a plan to guide and manage your projects

Presenters: Jessica Bibeau, MA, PMP

When: Monday, June 15, 12-1PM

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Academy Health, RHSProj Back to School Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research

Presenters: Selene Mak, PhD, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Sherry Pagoto, PhD, UConn; Christiane Voisin, MSLS, Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC Chapel Hill

When: August 21, 2019

Description: This introductory seminar explored effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provided an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work.

Developed with graduate students and junior investigators in mind, the seminar reviewed systematic search strategies and focused on innovative methods to communicate and disseminate research findings, including data visualization and social media.

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InCHIP Lecture Series: Teaching and Learning with Impact: Social Media in Higher Education Classrooms

Speaker: Sarah Mojarad, MS, University of Southern California

Title: Teaching and Learning with Impact: Social Media in Higher Education Classrooms

When: Monday, July 22, 12-1p in the InCHIP Colloquium Room

Description: Social media platforms provide new and interesting ways for people to communicate, and faculty are now using these online environments to support teaching and learning objectives in university settings. This talk presents the issues and opportunities with integrating new media into the classroom. Specific examples are provided, and they demonstrate how Wikipedia, Periscope, and Twitter are used to support learning outcomes. The seminar will close with suggestions for how faculty can incorporate social media into their teaching.

Bio: Sarah Mojarad is a lecturer at the University of Southern California with joint faculty appointments in Viterbi School of Engineering and Keck School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise are in social media, science communication, and online medical professionalism. She received her BA in Psychology from Boston University and MS in Corporate and Organization Communication from Northeastern University.

Lecture: Instagram for Academics: A Nuts and Bolts Workshop on How to Use Instagram in Your Work

Date: 5/29/19

Presenter: Paul Jasper, PhD, Res Group

Details: Instagram is a way to directly connect with thousands, if not millions of people. As academics, it is to our advantage to use this tool to source new ideas, stimulate participation in research studies, to disseminate research findings, and ultimately to build a window into your laboratory, clinic, or Center. Integrating social media into your work represents a significant opportunity for both increased funding, innovative ways to engage with student and patient populations, enhanced student/staff recruitment, and media influence. Dr. Jasper, a full time computational biologist, who also runs a successful woodworking company on Instagram (@copper_pig_fine_woodworking), will discuss the nuts and bolts of Instagram with emphasis on how best to grow on the platform for use in your research and/or to represent yourself as a scientist as well as your laboratory. Topics to be covered include: basics of Instagram, growing your following, content development (i.e., what to post), post format (video vs. picture vs. carousel), posting frequency, features (e.g., stories, chat), organic reach vs. paid promotions, how the algorithm works, etc.


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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Webinar: Developing and Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery

Date: 12/21/17

Time: 1-2pm EST

Presented by: The Society of Behavioral Medicine

Speakers: Sherry Pagoto, PhD and Ashley Panzarino of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

Recording (free for SBM members/$15 for non-members): 


Webinar: How the National Library of Medicine Can Add Evidence to Your Health App

Date: 11/7/17

Time: 12-1pm EST

Presented by: UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media & National Library of Medicine

Speakers: Susan Halpin of National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Sherry Pagoto PhD of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media


  • Introduce you to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and its free resources
  • Demonstrate how NLM resources carry out the mission to improve public health through free digital websites, databases and other educational tools, health and medical training classes and grant funding opportunities
  • Provide examples of how these health related resources can add value to your app



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



Webinar: The New Social Media Playbook, hosted by the Mayo Clinic & Vanderbilt Health. 

Date: 9/21/16

Streaming location: Shaw Building on 419 Belmont St, 2nd floor, Conference Room #1. 

Time: 1pm-2pm ET

Presented by: Lee Aase, Director, Center for Social Media – Mayo Clinic Cynthia Floyd Manley, Director, Content Strategy – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This program will provide live discussion and Q&A with these leaders, and attendees will learn:

  • Cutting-edge social media strategies industry leaders are using to strengthen their brand presence and integrity
  • How to interact, share, and engage in discussions that are hyper-targeted to niche audiences
  • The importance of video and how it has become a critical tool for improving patient experience
  • A plan for optimizing staffing and training to ensure consistent brand voice