Amaryllis Mavragani, PhDc
Scientific Editor, JMIR Publications (Canada) (ORCID)
Amaryllis has extensive knowledge of big data, public health surveillance, publishing, computer science, mathematics, and infodemiology. Her commitment to advancing JMIR’s mission of publishing high-quality, groundbreaking science lies in her skills in navigating the intersection of informatics research, digital health technologies, and STM publishing. Her research has covered topics ranging from foundational work in infodemiology to trends in analytical research of online data, to a broad range of big data studies related to COVID-19. Amaryllis’ PhD candidacy is at the University of Stirling.
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Alessandro Rovetta, SRSCI
R&C Research, Bovezzo (BS), 25073, Italy
Alessandro specializes in infodemiology, public health, and science integrity. In these fields, he has published several peer-reviewed articles and earned numerous academic certifications from esteemed institutions, including the World Health Organization and the Mayo Clinic. He has held, and continues to hold, editorial roles for recognized scientific journals and conferences. As the Senior Scientist of R&C Research, a research group established during the COVID-19 emergency in Brescia, Italy, Alessandro has spearheaded and participated in international collaborations with scientists, universities, and educational and research institutions. The works produced by his team and the above cooperations have received hundreds of citations worldwide. From 2013 to 2021, he served as an educator and disseminator of scientific subjects at all levels of education for two specialized educational and training centers in Brescia. In 2022, he launched a project aimed at creating an educational program to build resilience against infodemics among school students. Currently, he is working on developing a new peer review system that prioritizes transparency and reproducibility. His commitment extends to ensuring the validity of data analysis in public health.
Infodemiology and infoveillance, public health, statistical methods for public health and infodemiology
Amy Bucher, PhD
Lirio, LLC (ORCID)
Amy Bucher is the Chief Behavioral Officer at Lirio, whose Precision Nudging platform uses artificial intelligence to personalize the delivery of behavioral outreach to help people navigate their healthcare. Dr. Bucher has previously worked as a behavioral design consultant at Mad*Pow, and has held positions at the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab and the Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions Group. Dr. Bucher completed an AB in psychology magna cum laude in field at Harvard university and a MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her career has been focused in the digital health space, integrating behavioral processes and techniques to create interventions that support sustained behavior change. Dr. Bucher is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and the American Psychological Association (APA) and the author of Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change, which coaches design and UX professionals on the use of behavioral frameworks to create engaging and effective products.
Digital health, behavioral design, health equity, use of artificial intelligence in behavioral interventions, motivation
Kate Eddens, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University, USA (ORCID)
Dr. Eddens’ research agenda focuses on increasing the reach and effectiveness of health communication strategies to connect underserved populations to cancer prevention and control services and solutions by utilizing social network analysis, word- of-mouth communication and marketing, unique social service channels, and innovative technology. She is currently developing tablet-based network data collection and visualization software that optimizes opportunities for technology to transcend issues of literacy by adapting to the user and facilitating important network connections.
Dr. Eddens’ primary focus is in using egocentric social support and communication networks to understand how to reach people with effective information and persuade them to participate in cancer screening and prevention services. She is currently developing technology to facilitate this research and has found that showing people their social support and health communication networks has a powerful impact on how they perceive the amount of support they have in their lives. She is working towards building this as a clinical tool that can help guide the provision of social support services and resources throughout the cancer survivorship continuum as well. Other general areas of focus include social network analysis, technology development, using unique channels such as social services to reach people with cancer prevention and control information, health literacy, disparity and underserved populations, and health communication.
Jiban Khuntia, PhD
Associate Professor of Information Systems; Director, Health Administration, Research Consortium, Business School, University of Colorado (USA)
Jiban Khuntia specializes in health information technology and sustainability research areas. He advises the Health Administration Research Consortium. Khuntia's research examines how organizations leverage information technology (IT) to shape their strategies, workflows, and operations to be successful. His work has appeared in top journals.
Andre Kushniruk, BA, PhD
School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada (ORCID)
Andre Kushniruk’s research focuses on usability of health care information systems and technologies, methodologies, usability testing, technology-induced errors, HCI models, frameworks, and theories.
Andre Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction and usability engineering in health care. His work is known internationally and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. He focuses on developing new methods for the evaluation of information technology and studying human-computer interaction in health care.
Christian Lovis MD, MPH, FACMI
Professor and Chairman, Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland (ORCID)
Christian Lovis’ work is mostly driven by using digitalization of data, information, and knowledge. His team’s research focuses on three major fields: (1) clinical information systems: design and architecture, sustainability, and impacts; (2) data and knowledge-driven science: natural language processing, knowledge representation, semantics and interoperability, context awareness, advanced analytics, predictive, and decision support; and (3) human factors: advanced interactions, augmented reality, conversational, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and ergonomics. Christian’s own research is led by the desire to use medical information sciences to improve health, well-being, and knowledge in life sciences, with an MD thesis centered on natural language processing and large datasets to support physician’s work. This is a theme that he has continued all through his career, to the big data and artificial intelligence era, to address the challenge of real-time usable integration of multisource, multimodal data with persistent semantics.
Christian Lovis is a Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor board certified in Internal Medicine with emphasis on Emergency Medicine and holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Washington, WA. In parallel to medicine, he studied Medical Informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer. Christian developed and deployed the clinical information system at the university hospitals of Geneva, a consortium of all public in- and out-patient facilities of Geneva State, Switzerland. Christian is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field of Medical Informatics. He has occupied several positions in Medical Informatics organizations, such Chair of the IMIA WG on Health Information Systems (HIS), President of the Swiss Medical Informatics, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of HIMSS. Christian is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. He has been heavily involved in the development and enforcement of the Swiss Federal Law for the Shared Patient Record.
Travis Sanchez, PhD, MPH
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA (ORCID)
Travis Sanchez's research interests include: disease surveillance evaluation, HIV/AIDS prevention, infectious disease, public health practice and sexual health/behavior
Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.
Gillian Strudwick, RN, PhD
Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
The overall goal of Dr. Strudwick's research program is to identify how health information technologies can be effectively utilized to support and improve human health, particularly in the area of mental health. Her research focuses on three areas: improving the adoption and use of health information technologies by health professionals; identifying how patients can obtain benefits through the use of health information technologies; and contributing to the improved recognition and use of clinical data standards embedded within common health information technologies.
John Torous, MD
Harvard Medical School, USA (ORCID)
John Torous, MD, is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for of JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee. He is an assistant editor for The Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for The Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times.
Susan Woods, MD, MPH
President, Society for Participatory Medicine
Sue has broad healthcare experience spanning private and public sectors. Board certified in general internal medicine and health informatics. Sue is a design thinker who is passionate about effective health care communication, clinician-patient partnership and using innovative digital tools that improve care and the patient experience. She served as Director of Patient Experience for the Connected Care Office at the Veterans Health Administration, developing web and mobile apps for patients and clinicians and leading a national effort on patient generated data. Sue received her MD at Oregon Health Sciences University and public health degree at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on consumer use of health technology, health information transparency and promoting virtual care delivery. She has served on Boards at the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Participatory Medicine. Sue promotes participatory care and services that engage people and families in their health and their health care. As the founder of HiTech HiTouch, LLC, she advocates for full patient access to health records (OpenNotes), telehealth and eHealth adoption, universal broadband access and digital inclusion.