Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Associate Professor UCSD Behavioral Medicine
Address 858-822-7482 9500 Gilman Drive Atkinson Hall / La Jolla, CA 92093-0811


Graduate Institution

Rutgers University

Research Description

There are two interdependent themes to my work: 1) methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions, particularly digital health interventions; and 2) facilitating collective action and more robust scientific processes to make progress on complex societal issues. I am internationally recognized as an expert in digital health and behavior change.

Representative Publications
  • Hekler, E., Tiro, J., Hunter, C., & Nebeker, C. (in press). Precision Health: The role of the social and behavioral sciences. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

  • Chevance, G., Baretta, D., Golaszewski, N., Takemoto, M., Shrestha, S., Jain, S., Rivera, D.E., Klasnja, P., Hekler, E (in press) Goal setting and achievement for walking: A series of n-of-1 digital interventions, Health Psychology

  • Phatak, S., Freigoun, M. T., Martin, C. A., Rivera, D. E., Korinek, E. V., Adams, M. A., . . . Hekler, E. B. (2018). Modeling Individual Differences: A Case Study of the Application of System Identification for Personalizing a Physical Activity Intervention. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 79, 82-97.


Pedja Klasnja / Daniel Rivera / Donna Spruijt-Metz / Sonia Jain / Job Godino / Kevin Patrick / Camille Nebecker / Blanca Melendez