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Donna Spruijt-Metz

Research Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California

About Donna Spruijt-Metz

Co-Director, USC mHealth Collaboratory

My research focuses on childhood obesity and mobile health technologies, and she works predominantly with minority populations. In 2015, I received the Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field. My main interests include using mobile technologies to develop data sets that combine sensor and self-report data that is temporally rich and highly contextualized. Using ...

My research focuses on childhood obesity and mobile health technologies, and she works predominantly with minority populations. In 2015, I received the Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field. My main interests include using mobile technologies to develop data sets that combine sensor and self-report data that is temporally rich and highly contextualized. Using this data along with innovative modeling techniques, I am interested in the development of dynamic, individal mathematical models of health-related behavior. I was one of the first to undertake a just-in-time, adaptive intervention (JITAI) in youth, and I envision most or all interventions being JITAI in the future. My work meshes 21st century technologies with transdisciplinary metabolic, behavioral and environmental research in order to facilitate the development of dynamic, personalized, contextualized behavioral interventions that can be adapted on the fly.

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