mHealth@Duke aims to accelerate research on the use of sensors and mobile technology to advance the delivery of health care through improved patient-provider communication and collaborative health care management. Through our consortium and series of events throughout the year, we provide a venue for education and leadership development in the mHealth space. We also serve as an incubator for mHealth research by helping consortium members identify funding resources, exchange ideas with colleagues across Duke schools, and partnering with mHealth-focused academic, industry, and non-profit groups in the Triangle. 

Annual Events

mHealth@Duke Conference

Launched in 2013, the mHealth@Duke conference was the first of many creative cross-disciplinary collaborations through active dialogue and sharing of research ideas in mHealth at Duke. Each year, the conference provides attendees the opportunity to learn about innovation in mHealth and to hear from featured speakers representing Duke Medicine, Trinity College, the Nursing School, Pratt School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences and the VA. We are honored to be joined by colleagues from UNC, NC State, NC A&T, and from universities all over the country.

The 5th Annual mHealth@Duke Conference was held April 12, 2017 at the Trent Semans Center for Health Education at Duke Medical Center. It was presented by Duke Digital Health and Smashing Boxes. The title of the conference was The Lifecycle of Digital Health Science. 200 people attended and speakers included Drew Schiller (Validic), Michael Levy (UNC), Matthew Crowley (Duke), Jane Brown (BCBS NC), Trinity Zan (FHI 360), Harriett Burns (Piedmont Health), Hayden Bosworth (Durham VA Medical Center), Dori Steinberg (Duke), Charlene Wong (Duke), Sara LeGrand (Duke), Andy Hamilton (First.), Roger Vilardaga (Duke), Jon Hudson (Vital Plan), Anita Watkins (Rex Health Ventures), Blake Long (Echo Health Ventures), and Gary Bennett (Duke).

Click here for the conference agenda and here for the full program.

Watch the keynote address by Drew Schiller, Validic co-founder and CEO.

Check out photographs from the 5th Annual conference:

Photo Credit: Alexandrea Lassiter of DTown Perspective Photography.



Previous Conferences

2016 mHealth@Duke Conference

Mobile and Digital Technology in the New Era of Precision Medicine and Population Health

Download the full agenda here: mHealth@Duke_2016_Conference_Schedule_4-11-16 

Featured Speakers

Bill Riley, PhDbill_riley_OBSSR is the Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Associate Director of NIH for Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

Dr. Riley has been working in mHealth before it was even called that! Check out a preview of his talk and about the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative here:

donna_spruijt-metz_USCDDonna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD 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. 

Listen to a preview of Dr. Spruijt-Metz’s talk, “mHealth to the 4th Power” here:


A_Hipp-300x300J. Aaron Hipp, PhD is the Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, and Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University (NCSU), is a built environment and physical activity researcher and teacher. 

Here’s a sneak peek of what Dr. Hipp will be talking about!


mHealth Shark Tank Competition

The Shark Tank competition aims to bring together the greatest minds at Duke to present their innovative digital health ideas! More information about the 2017 competition guidelines can be found here!

The 2017 winner was Embrace Health, a mobile health clinical decision support company led by Duke graduate students.  They hope to aid healthcare professionals and social workers who currently have all of this information stored in their heads by providing a website repository of current and verified healthcare and community services that can be shared with patients.

The first year’s winning team created mBadlaav, an app that helps doctors and hospitals improve treatment for survivors of rape and sexual assault in India. You can read more about mBadlaav and the Shark Tank competition here and here

The winners of our second annual competition, Physao, created an app and portable device for people with asthma to be able to test their lung device and connect with trusted friends and family for help if needed. Check out their presentation at our 4th annual mHealth@Duke conference here

mHealth@Duke was founded by Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH, and F. Joseph McClernon, PhD, in 2012. Dr. Fuemmeler is an Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. Dr. McClernon is the Director of the Division on Addiction Research and Translation in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. 


Faculty Steering Committee

Gary Bennett, PhD,
Director, Duke Digital Health
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine
Ryan Shaw, PhD,
Assistant Professor
Duke School of Nursing
Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW,
Associate Professor,
Duke School of Nursing,
Center for Learning Health Care
Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH, CPH
Research Scholar
Duke Global Health Institute
Dori Steinberg, PhD, MS, RD 
Associate Director, Duke Digital Health
Research Scholar, Duke Global Health Institute
Katie Donohue McMillan, MPH
Innovation Portfolio Manager
Duke Health Technology Systems
Roger Vilardaga, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Addiction Science and Technology
 Student Consortium
Roshni Prakash
Undergraduate Student Liaison