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Carissa Low

I am a Health Psychologist.

Carissa Low, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Listening to the stories of the patients I worked with during my clinical training, I realized that the hour I spent with them at the Cancer Center offered a very limited glimpse into each individual's most valued activities, daily routines, and social relationships. Smartphones and other mobile devices can provide new insights into these real-world behaviors and allow us to track changes in functioning and health that may be valuable to both patients and providers.

Dr. Carissa Low is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Psychology, and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director of the University of Pittsburgh Mobile Sensing and Health Institute. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, she has long been interested in the role of behavior in relation to patient-reported and clinical outcomes in cancer. Mobile technology offers new opportunities to measure and quantify objective behavior patterns passively, with minimal burden to patients. Dr. Low's research aims to harness both behavioral science and mobile technology to optimize patients' quality of life, functional status, and sense of control during cancer treatment. She has specific expertise leveraging mobile technology for remote patient monitoring, as well as delivery and personalization of behavioral interventions.

Dr. Low is the recipient of an NCI Mentored Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award developing and testing a just-in-time adaptive sedentary behavior intervention before and after cancer surgery. In her R37-funded project, "A mobile sensing system to monitor symptoms during chemotherapy," Dr. Low and her team will develop and test a system applying machine learning to smartphone and wearable sensor data for real-time severe symptom detection during chemotherapy and will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using remote automated symptom detection to trigger timely communication with the clinical oncology team.


Grant Listing
Project Title Grant Number Program Director Publication(s)
A mobile sensing system to monitor symptoms during chemotherapy
1R37CA242545-01
Rao Divi


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Last Updated: 07/28/2019 08:44:53

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