Cancer Center Member
David Mohr, PhD
Professor, Preventive Medicine; Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Mohr is the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs; cbits.northwestern.edu) and a tenured professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Mohr’s work lies at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and clinical intervention research, and is focused on developing and evaluating interventions that harness Internet and wireless technologies to promote health and mental health. His current work in development includes the following projects: 1) the development a context sensing mobile application that harnesses indwelling sensor data within the phone to identify specific physical, social and emotional patient states and to integrate this system into mobile interventions; 2) the integration of internet intervention and peer networking tools that use principles of online collaborative learning and supportive accountability to enhance learning and adherence; 3) the development of conversational agents (virtual humans) that can be used in web-based interventions to support interpersonal skills-training components of depression treatment programs, and 4) the creation of a mobile intervention that monitors adherence to medications, provides just-in-time reminders, monitors response and side effects, and provides aggregated, actionable information to prescribing physicians. This later adherence system will be tested in patients receiving pharmacotherapies for depression and HIV, with a somewhat simpler version for patients with schizophrenia.