Mobile Health (mHealth) Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity

Tools, Techniques, Measurement and Trandisciplinary Collaborations

This workshop will use prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity as model test-beds for mobile Health (mHealth) research and will offer a primer on mHealth from the ground up. It will include sessions on how to develop a transdisciplinary team for the chosen problem and capturing enormous amounts of data in real-time). At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast mHealth methodologies including strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify novel approaches to analyzing real-time, large-scale datasets
  • Network with leaders in the mHealth, pediatric obesity, and federal/non-federal funding agency communities

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch included



Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, Keck School of Medicine's Department of Preventive Medicine Univ. of Southern California, Chair-Elect of The Obesity Society e-Health/mHealth Section (EMS)

Erin Hennessy, PhD, MPH, National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) representative

Wendy Nilsen, PhD, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research representative and recipient of the inaugural EMS Pioneer Award for excellence in the field


Program Overview:

Module 1: Defining the Problem presented by Dr. Bonnie Spring, Northwestern University

Module 2: User-Centered Design/Human-Computer Interaction presented by Dr. Josh Cothran, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Module 3: Technology and Assessment presented by Dr. John Lach, University of Virginia

Module 4: Data Mining and Analytics presented by Dr. Parisa Rashidi, Northwestern University

Module 5: Incorporating NCCOR Tools in mHealth Research presented by Dr. Heather Patrick, National Institutes of Health


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Target Audience:

  • Early-career childhood obesity researchers and program evaluators
  • All career levels and disciplines


Registration Fees:

Early-bird (Apr 15 - Aug 9)
Advanced (Aug 10 - Oct 18)
On-site (Oct 19-Nov 12)
Member   $100  $150  $150
Non-member   $125  $175  $175


Registration opens April 15, 2013. Sign up by visiting


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