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Editorial Board


Lorraine R. Buis, PhD, MSI

Associate Professor
University of Michigan
Department of Family Medicine

Research Focus

Dr Buis has a long history of working on externally funded research to develop, implement, and evaluate mobile interventions for lifestyle and behavior change. As a skilled builder of multidisciplinary teams, Dr Buis enjoys bringing together teams from diverse backgrounds to work together to improve human health and advance the state of the science for digital health. Dr Buis has been involved with JMIR Publications for nearly 20 years, starting as a reader, author, and reviewer, and serving as a Section Editor for the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) since 2016.


Dr Buis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. As a health services researcher, Dr Buis has a strong social science background and has trained in areas of psychology, human-computer interaction, information studies, and mass media. She conducts research in the area of mobile health for chronic disease self-management, with a particular emphasis on consumer-facing technologies to improve hypertension and diabetes management, often in underserved communities.

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Katherine Prairie, MSc, Managing Editor

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Michael Dorsch, PharmD, MS, FCCP, FAHA, FACC

Lynda S. Welage Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
University of Michigan

Research Focus

Michael Dorsch’s research focuses on just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) to lower sodium intake in hypertension and self-monitoring in heart failure to promote patient self-management strategies.


Michael Dorsch is the Lynda S. Welage Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy, an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, a pharmacist, and a clinical researcher who has made significant contributions to the field. His studies on digital health technology's effects on cardiovascular disease outcomes have earned him recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology.

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Roman Shrestha, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor in Health Promotion, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut

Research Focus

Dr. Shrestha’s research has primarily centered on interventions and implementation science at the interface of HIV and substance use with a particular focus on HIV prevention and treatment issues. Specifically, his work emphasizes on the design, delivery, and placement of biomedical and behavioral interventions for optimal use in various settings. He has conducted research in a range of settings, including community and healthcare, addiction treatment, and criminal justice settings, both domestically and internationally. 


Dr. Roman Shrestha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He is also an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Yale University and a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded and industry-funded grants.

Michael Sobolev, PhD

Behavioral Scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Southern California

Research Focus

Dr. Sobolev’s research builds upon the area of behavioral science and utilizes mobile technologies and data science to enhance health and wellbeing. Dr. Sobolev’s research focuses on the design of mobile health (mHealth) studies and applications, the application of data science for personalizing and optimizing digital interventions, as well as a human-centered approach to technology design.


Michael Sobolev, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and technologist specializing in behavioral design and data science for health and wellness. Dr. Sobolev is currently leading the Behavioral Design Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and holds a visiting scholar position at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. He earned his PhD in Behavioral Economics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 2017. Following his doctoral studies, Michael continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Computer and Information Science at Cornell Tech and Northwell Health in New York City. Furthermore, his involvement extends beyond academia, as he actively contributes to the development of innovative products designed to foster improvements in health and overall wellness.

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David G. Schwartz, PhD

Director, Social Intelligence Lab, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Research Focus

Main research interests are mHealth, Cybersecurity, Social Network Analysis, and Computer-mediated Communications.


David G. Schwartz is professor of information systems, and former vice-chairman, at the Business School of Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has published over 170 research papers, books, chapters, and editorials in the field of information systems and technologies. His research has appeared in publications such as The Lancet’s eClinicalMedicine, Management Science, JMIR mHealth uHealth, Health Policy and Technology, Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, IEEE Pervasive Computing, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Research, IEEE Intelligent Systems, and ACM Computing Surveys. David's research has been funded through multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology. He served as editor of Internet Research for over a decade, is a senior editor of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems  and JMIR mHealth uHealth, and was Associate Editor of the European Journal of Information Systems. 

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Past Editorial Board Members

John Ainsworth, MSc

University of Manchester, England 

Research Focus

John Ainsworth’s research focuses on passive sensing systems, systems integration, data and knowledge management, coproduction of health, and mental health.


John Ainsworth is a Senior Research Fellow and deputy director of the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester, with wide experience in applying information technology to health care problems, focusing on the research and design of mobile health applications for mental health.

Urs-Vito Albrecht, Dr med, MPH

Hannover Medical School, Germany

Peter L Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany

Research Focus

Urs-Vito Albrecht’s research focus is on developing mobile devices and applications for health that are practical for their users, with specific considerations on their usability.


Urs-Vito Albrecht is the Deputy Director of the Peter L Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, secretary of the Research Ethics Committee of the Hannover Medical School, and a principal investigator of mHealth. He is a physician with clinical experience in internal medicine, emergency medicine and legal medicine. He has also acquired a degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology and public health ethics.

Matthew Bars, MS, CTTS


FDNY Tobacco Treatment Program, WTC Medical Monitoring Program, USA

Jersey City Medical Center IQuit Smoking Center, USA

Research Focus

Matthew Bars’ research focuses on treatment, management, and administration of nicotine addiction using biosensor and mobile health platforms.


Matthew Bars is a Masters Clinical Psychologist and has been engaged in the treatment, management, and administration of nicotine addiction services since 1980. He is the CEO and cofounder of IntelliQuit, a first in class biosensor and mobile health platform assisting smokers in conquering tobacco addiction; Matthew has also been called to testify before the FDA and other governmental entities concerning various tobacco topics. Matthew is the co-developer and Clinical Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program of the New York City Fire Department. Since 9/11/2001, FDNY tobacco prevalence has been reduced by 80 percent. Matthew is the Chairman of the Policy & Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Smoking Cessation and has been retained by the American College of Chest Physicians as a principal author for their Tobacco Treatment Toolkit –an online training and consultation document for pulmonologists and other clinicians worldwide. Recently, Matthew was appointed to the faculty of St. George’s University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Yuki Byambasuren, MD

Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia

Research Focus

Yuki Byambasuren’s research interests include health app evaluation and regulation, the role of mHealth in improving healthcare accessibility, self-management of chronic conditions, and effectiveness of behavior change interventions.


Yuki Byambasuren is a medical doctor from Mongolia. She has a Master of Medical Research in biomedical science from Griffith University, Australia. Her PhD is exploring smartphone health apps, with a special focus on clinical evidence and their prescribability in primary care settings.

Casimiro Dias, MBA, MPH, PhD 

World Health Organization, Health Systems and Public Health, Geneva, Switzerland

Research Focus

Casimiro Dias’ research focuses on research priority setting, strengthening health systems through information and communication technologies (ICT), scale-up and integration of health services through ICT.


Casimiro Dias is a public health specialist at the World Health Organization. He is a technical officer, health systems and public health, with extensive experience at the European and global level. He is currently responsible for the coordination of the WHO European Action Plan on Public Health since 2008. He is a member of the Gulbenkian Platform for a Sustainable Health System and the global initiative of “a Future for Health”.

Daidi Zhong, PhD

Bioengineering College at Chongqing University, China

Research Focus

Daidi Zhong’s research focuses on signal processing, medical device regulation, device interoperability, personal health devices, and standardization of device interoperability. He was one of the key designers of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard.


Daidi Zhong is the professor of Bioengineering College at Chongqing University. He is the Chair of IEEE 11073 Personal Health Device Workgroup, leading and contributing to numerous international and national standard developing projects in personal health domain.


“JMU is the leading journal for all stakeholders in the mHealth and uHealth ecosystem.”

Katarzyna Wac, PhD

Computer scientist, University of Geneva (Switzerland) and University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

Research Focus

Katarzyna Wac’s research focuses on designing and evaluating computational models for assessment of the individual’s behavior patterns and the resulting risks and Quality of Life in longuditinal, 'in-situ' manner. Dr. Wac likes to create a "journal section" with a topic related to "Behavioural Informatics & Quality of Life".


Dr. Wac is a computer scientist researching how mobile and emerging sensor-based technologies can be leveraged for an accurate, longitudinal, real-life, context-rich, minimally obtrusive, privacy-preserving, personalized assessment of the individual’s behavior and Quality of Life (QoL), as they unfold naturally over time and in context, and the improvement of the latter. She leveraged behavioral markers to quantify and improve individuals’ QoL in new ways – drawing on new emerging models from computer science incorporating examination, diagnosis and treatment of daily life as an “organ” – much like a cardiologist examines heart - and the resulting QoL as a "vital sign" - routinely reported for patients and non-patients alike.


“Science in the Service of Life Quality.”

Jing Li, PhD

Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, USA

State University of New York System, USA 

Research Focus

Jing Li’s research focuses on mobile health and data collection, social media in health, health informatics, statistical modelling and coding in health care, big data in health care, sales and marketing in pharmacy, population and economics, sociology of health, and health finance in relation to mobile health.


Jing Li has seven years of professional experience in analytics in health care area across pharmaceutical companies and care providers. She is specialized in health care data collection, processing and analyses through advanced and integrated IT technologies. She is also specialized in partnership building and changing management in connecting data-driven models and insights with IT innovations and solutions that can be implemented in actual health care practices.

Frederic Michard, MD, PhD

Research Focus

Frederic Michard's research focus over the past 15 years has included cardiorespiratory monitoring in the OR and the ICU and fluid management. His current research focus is health monitoring beyond the OR and the ICU with digital innovations and wearable technologies.


Frederic Michard is a critical care physician trained in Paris, France, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. He is a published researcher and frequent lecturer at conferences on cardio-respiratory physiology, monitoring solutions , and digital innovations.

Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis'), BSc, BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, UK


Thanasis is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Data Science at the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Signal Processing and Communications, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Prior to his current post, he was a Research Fellow (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer (2014-2016), and Lecturer (2016) at the University of Oxford. His expertise is in time-series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning, with applications primarily in the medical domain. He has a long-standing interest in developing accurate and cost-effective monitoring tools for neurological disorders and mental disorders, capitalizing on minimally disruptive signals such as speech, longitudinal self-assessments on standardized questionnaires, and passively collected data from wearables and smartphones. His aim is to be developing robust decision support tools to facilitate diagnosis, symptom tracking, and rehabilitation.