Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD
Director USC-CESR Mobile and Connected Health Program, Clinical Research Informatics
SC CTSI Role
Donna Spruijt-Metz is Director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research (Co-Director, Bill Swartout), and Professor of Research in Psychology. She also holds a complimentary appointment at the Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Spruijt-Metz's research focuses on childhood obesity and mobile health technologies, including the KNOWME Networks project, that developed a Wireless Body Area Network system to decrease sedentariness and increase physical activity in overweight minority youth using a JITAI. She is PI of Virtual Sprouts, a virtual, multiplatform gardening game designed to change dietary knowledge and behavior and prevent obesity in minority youth. She recently led an NSF/EU/NIH-funded workshop in Brussels on building new computationally-enabled theoretical models to support health behavior change and maintenance. Her 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.
Her main interests include using mobile technologies to develop data sets that combine sensor and self-report data that is continuous, temporally rich, contextualized. She has a deep interest in harnessing mobile health and new media modalities to bring researchers and researched systems into interaction, to engage people in their own data, and to bring about lasting change in public health.