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

Speakers: Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD,University of South Carolina; Yelena Wu, PhD, Utah State University; 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 will be 100% virtual. Enjoy this exciting program from the comfort of your home or office. The theme of the 2020 annual CHASM conference is “Building an Evidence Base for Commercially Available Technology,” and will focus 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 will feature nationally renowned keynote speakers from academia and industry who have expertise in using commercially available health technologies in research. Attendees will have 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 will also be strongly encouraged to come ready to develop a research question during the conference and submit seed grant proposals to two seed grant opportunities that will open shortly after the conference. In lieu of a poster session, attendees can submit their work in 1 minute videos which we will post on our YouTube channel and stream during the hour before the conference, during the lunch break and after the closing remarks. An award will be given for videos attracting the most views from May 8-15; as well as awards for the best student video and best video overall. Three workshops will take place on Friday, May 15: Research Designs for Testing Commercially Available Technology, How To Write an Effective Seed Grant, and Introduction to Social Network Analysis. The seed grant competition is co-sponsored by CHASM, InCHIP, and Calm.

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Registration: General registration for the May 14th program is $35 and free for UConn students. We will host post-conference workshops on May 15th; the cost of each workshop is $20 (discounted rates if attending multiple workshops) and free for UConn students. Register Here

Video Poster Abstracts: In lieu of a traditional poster session, we will host a video poster session. Researchers can submit abstracts in the usual way (see Abstract Submission Form for more information), but instead of presenting a traditional poster, we will have presenters produce a 1 minute video summarizing their research in any way they see fit. Presenters may give a 1 minute talk and use text, images, and/or graphics. Videos will be streamed at the conference and our YouTube channel. Awards will be given to the video with the most views and to those selected by our judges for Best Student Poster Video and Best Poster Video Overall. You may submit an abstract you have presented at another conference or submitted to a conference that was cancelled. Let’s use this opportunity to get our research to a wider audience!  Submission Deadline: Extended to April 10, 2020

Seed Grants for Conference Attendees:

Seed Grants for Conference Attendees: Three seed grant opportunities will be available exclusively to registered conference attendees. Two opportunities will be open to all attendees and one is reserved for PIs from UConn. The company Calm is kindly sponsoring one seed grant opportunity for any attendees interested in using Calm in their research. CHASM and UConn’s InCHIP will be co-sponsoring the seed grant opportunity reserved for UConn investigators. Finally, CHASM will be sponsoring the seed grant opportunity open to all attendees.

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

About: This webinar will provide an overview of large, nationally-representative, population-based health datasets that provide information on the use of the internet, technology, and/or social media in the US population. The discussion will include how to access the data, an assessment of their strengths and limitations, ethical considerations, methodological considerations including complex sampling and weighted statistical analyses, and interpretation of results.

Registration: Click here

This webinar will be hosted on YouTube Live

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

Registration: Click here


Webinar: Leveraging social media to recruit research study participants

Presenters: Kaylei Arcangel, MS

When: Monday, February 10, 12-1PM

About: This webinar presents strategies for successful recruitment of study participants using social media, including how to optimize your efforts on different platforms and how to identify and manage fraudulent research participants. Kaylei Arcangel is a Research Coordinator in the Center for mHealth and Social Media and has successfully used social media platforms to recruit hundreds of research participants nationwide.

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

Presenter: Molly Waring, PhD

When: Monday, December 9, 12-1PM

Details: Interested in capturing and examining social media data for health research? This webinar will provide an overview of methods for data collection and analysis, including considerations related to study design, research topic, social media platform, ethics, and composition of the research team. Several free/inexpensive tools for capturing data from social media platforms will be discussed.

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

Presenter: Jessica Bibeau, MA, PMP

When: Monday, October 28, 12-1pm

About: Are you so busy that it’s difficult to keep your research projects organized and moving forward on a timely basis? Learn some professional project management strategies to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your research lab. This webinar is designed to help researchers plan and implement research projects using formal project management strategies put forth by the Project Management Institute. This webinar focuses on the early stages of your project as you plan activities, build your budget, and get your project up and running.

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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