Santosh Kumar, PhD

Director, NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)

 mHealth; Mobile Sensor Big Data; Precision MedicineSantosh Kumar is Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence Professor in Computer Science at the University of Memphis. The Popular Science magazine has named him one of America’s ten most brilliant scientists under the age of 38 (called “Brilliant Ten”). His current research interests include mobile sensor systems and mobile health (mHealth). He is currently director of the NIH Center of Excellence in Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge ( that involves 20+ investigators in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from Cornell, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Memphis, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rice, UMass, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF, and West Virginia.

Selected Publications

Saleheen, N., Chakraborty, S., Ali, N., Rahman, M.M., Hossain, S.M., Bari, R., Buder, E., Srivastava, M., Kumar, S. (2016). mSieve: Differential Behavioral Privacy in Time Series of Mobile Sensor Data. In Proceedings of ACM UbiComp, pp. 706-717.

Chatterjee, S., Hovsepian, K., Sarker, H., Saleheen, N., al’Absi, M., Alturi, G., Ertin, E., Lam, C., Lemieux, A., Nakajima, M., Spring, B., Wetter, D., and Kumar, S. (2016). mCrave: Continuous Estimation of Craving During Smoking Cessation. In Proceedings of ACM UbiComp, pp. 863-874.

Sarker, H., Tyburski, M., Rahman, M., Hovsepian, K., Sharmin, M., Epstein, D., Preston, K., Furr-Holden, D., Nahum-Shani, I., al’Absi, M., and Kumar, S. (2016). Finding Significant Stress Episodes in a Discontinuous Time-series of Rapidly Varying Mobile Sensor Data. In Proceedings of ACM CHI, pp. 4489-4501.

Kotz, D., Gunter, C., Kumar, S., and Weiner, A. (2016). Privacy and Security in Mobile Health: A Research Agenda, IEEE Computer, vol. 49(6), pp. 22-30, 2016.

Saleheen, N., Ali, A.A., Hossain, M., Sarker, H., Chatterjee, S., Marlin, B., Ertin, E., al'Absi, M., and Kumar, (2015). puffMarker: A Multi-sensor Approach for Pinpointing the Timing of First Lapse in Smoking Cessation. In Proceedings of ACM UbiComp, pp. 999-1010.

Hovsepian, K., al’Absi, M., Ertin, E., Kamarck, T., Nakajima, M., and Kumar. (2015). cStress: Towards A Gold Standard for Continuous Stress Assessment in the Mobile Environment. In Proceedings of ACM UbiComp, pp. 493-504.

Hossain, M., Ali, A.A., Ertin, E., Epstein, D., Preston, K., Umbricht, A., Chen, Y., and Kumar, S. (2014). Identifying Drug (Cocaine) Intake Events from Acute Physiological Response in the Presence of Free-living Physical Activity. In Proceedings of ACM IPSN, pp. 71-82.

Sarker, H., Sharmin, M., Ali, A.A., Rahman, M., Bari, R., Hossain, M., and Kumar, S. (2014). Assessing the Availability of Users to Engage in Just-in-Time Intervention in the Natural Environment. In Proceedings of ACM UbiComp, pp. 909-920.

Kumar, S., Nilsen, W., Pavel, M., and Srivastava, M. (2013). Mobile Health – Revolutionizing Health via Transdisciplinary Research. IEEE Computer Magazine, Feature (Outlook) article, 46(1):28-35.

Kumar, S., Nilsen, W., Abernethy, A., Atienza, A., Patrick, K., Pavel, M., Riley, W.T., Shar, A., Spring, B., Spruijt-Metz, D., Hedeker, D., Honavar, V., Kravitz, R.L., Lefebvre, R.C., Mohr, D.C., Murphy, S.A., Quinn, C., Shusterman, V., and Swendeman, D. (2013). mHealth Evidence Workshop - Exploring Innovative Methods to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Mobile Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(2):228-236.

Laura Damschroder, MS, MPh 

Implementation Pathways, LLC. Sole Proprietor

Implementation Research; Mixed Methods; Prevention

damschroderLaura Damschroder independently collaborates on many implementation projects including AHRQ’s ESCALATES project which is a national evaluation EVIDENCENow, a network of seven Primary Care Extension Services focused on engaging 1500 primary care practices across 12 states transform processes to reduce cardiovascular risk among their patients. She is also a research Investigator with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research and principle investigator of a large-scale project to develop and test a virtual quality improvement program to improve VA’s weight management programming. This work is being done through her affiliation with the PrOVE (PeRsonalizing Options through Veteran Engagement) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Program. She is a researcher embedded within the VA’s healthcare system focusing on translating evidence-based practices into routine clinical care. Ms. Damschroder is an international leader in advancing the science of implementation and is lead developer of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR). This paper is one of the most widely cited papers in implementation science (visit She has been a visiting scholar to many institutions around the world, has led national workshops, and actively mentors researchers interested in conducting implementation research. Laura loves to travel, be with her amazing daughters, read, eat great food, and think about doing art projects.


Selected Publications:

Damschroder L, Aron D, Keith R, Kirsh S, Alexander J, Lowery J. Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation science : IS. 2009;4(1):50

Damschroder LJ, Banaszak-Holl J, Kowalski CP, Forman J, Saint S, Krein SL. The role of the champion in infection prevention: results from a multisite qualitative study. Qual Saf Health Care. 2009;18(6):434-440.

Damschroder, L. J., & Lowery, J. C. (2013). Evaluation of a large-scale weight management program using the consolidated framework for implementation research (CFIR). Implement Sci, 8, 51.

Damschroder LJ, Reardon CM, Sperber N, Robinson CH, Fickel JJ, Oddone EZ. Implementation Evaluation of the Telephone Lifestyle Coaching (TLC) Program: Factors Associated with Success. Trans Beh Med (2016): 1-9. Online First.

Damschroder, L., T. Moin, S. Datta, C. Reardon, N. Steinle, J. Weinreb, C. Billington, M. Maciejewski, W. Yancy, M. Hughes, F. Makki, and C. Richardson, Implementation and evaluation of the VA DPP clinical demonstration: protocol for a multi-site non-randomized hybrid effectiveness-implementation type III trial. Implementation Science, 2015. 10(1): p. 68.

T Moin, LJ Damschroder, M AuYoung, ML Maciejewski, SK Datta, JE Weinreb, NI Steinle, C Billington, M Hughes, F Makki, RG Holleman, HM Kim, LS Kinsinger, JA Burns, CR Richardson. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the Real World: Results from a Clinical Demonstration Trial in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Am. J. Prev. Med. In Press.

Damschroder LJ, Lutes LD, Kirsh S, Kim HM, Gillon L, Holleman RG, Goodrich DE, Lowery JC, & Richardson CR. Small-changes obesity treatment among veterans: 12-month outcomes. Am. J. Prev. Med. 2014;47(5):541-553.

Damschroder, L.J., D.E. Goodrich, H.M. Kim, R. Holleman, L. Gillon, S. Kirsh, C.R. Richardson and L.D. Lutes. “Development and Validation of the ASPIRE-VA Coaching Fidelity Checklist (ACFC): A tool to help ensure delivery of high quality weight management interventions.” Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. 6, no. 3 (2016): 369-385.

Damschroder LJ, Robinson CH, Francis J, Bentley DR, Krein SL, Rosland AM, Hofer TP, & Kerr EA. Effects of performance measure implementation on clinical manager and provider motivation. J. Gen. Intern. Med. 2014;29(Issue 4 Supplement):877-884.

Damschroder LJ, Pritts JL, Neblo MA, Kalarickal RJ, Creswell JW, & Hayward RA. Patients, Privacy & Trust: Patients' Willingness to Allow Researchers to Access their Medical Records. Soc Sci & Med, 2007 64(1): 223-235

Stephen A. Metcalf, MPhil

Research Project Manager, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health; Epidemiology; Mixed Methods Research

metcalfStephen A. Metcalf is a Research Project Manager at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. He serves on research teams with a wide array of goals, including the development of an ontology of self-regulation as well as addressing the opioid overdose crisis in New Hampshire. Stephen graduated with a BS in behavioral neuroscience and minor in mathematics from Centre College in Kentucky. During his undergraduate career, he spent a summer in a monastery in Taiwan, investigated crime scenes and defended the underserved in Washington, DC, and conducted a “meaning-of-life” project on spiritual memoirs and autobiographies. He completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, where he explored the association between inflammation and schizophrenia. He then joined The Dartmouth Institute as a Health Policy Fellow, where he studied the implementation of accountable care organizations among vulnerable populations. A Kentucky native, Stephen enjoys tennis, table tennis, reading, exploring the great outdoors, and learning what matters most to people.

T. Chris Burns, MFA

Principal / Chief Creative Officer, Fort Point Design

User Experience Design; Usability; mHealth

burnsChris is Principal and Chief Creative Officer of Fort Point Design, a digital agency located in Boston, MA. He has served as lead strategist and user experience designer on numerous web apps and mobile applications geared-towards creating better outcomes in behavioral health. Specific areas of focus include supported employment, addiction, substance abuse, sexual health, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. Chris has done award-winning interface design work for web-based interventions and touch screens for home automation systems. He has a BFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University and a Masters in Information Design from the Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art.

Fort Point Design provides creative strategy, information architecture, user interface / user experience design, standards-based web development, and mobile application development. They work with a range of academic partners to effectively deliver mobile and web-based interventions that support innovative research, improve scalability of service delivery, and ultimately help deliver better patient outcomes. Their cross-functional team works across all key domains: planning, requirements analysis, design, source coding, and unit testing.

Hobbies include: cycling, skiing, beard trimming and re-arranging the dishwasher for optimum washing performance.

Stephanie Lewia, BA

Research Assistant, Center for Supported Employment (CSET) and Amulet

Dissemination and Implementation; Supported Employment; Memory

slewia bio picStephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairfield University with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Music in 2016.  As an undergrad, Stephanie was involved in research with Dr. Linda Henkel on the influence of photo-taking on memory.  She also conducted an independent research project investigating the implications of music-evoked nostalgia during major life transitions. 

At CTBH, Stephanie assists Dr. Sarah Lord with research investigating the dissemination and implementation of supported employment technology as well as wearable stress sensors.  In her spare time, Steph enjoys being outside, playing and listening to music, as well as spending time with her friends and family.