Spyridon Kitsiou

    Email Address: skitsiou@uic.edu
    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Biomed and Health Info Sciences
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 205 Phone: 312-355-3519
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research interests focus on the development, testing, and comparative evaluation of mobile health technologies (e.g. mobile apps and wearable sensor devices) for self-management of chronic diseases and other conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes).

    Mobile health technologies (mHealth) such as smartphones, mobile applications (apps), and wearable activity tracking devices that permit real-time collection of large amounts of data have become ubiquitous, offering significant and innovative opportunities to researchers and clinicians. New wearable devices such as Fitbits allow users to collect objective measures of their own daily activities and obtain more detailed feedback on their performance. In addition to self-monitoring, these devices support the exchange of information between consumers and health providers, enabling remote monitoring and assessment of multiple activity behaviors in various contexts and thus development of more dynamic and personalized interventions to support behavior change. However, the effectiveness of these mHealth technologies has not been thoroughly investigated in the management of chronic diseases.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am currently interested in working with students who have programming skills and/or are majoring in the health sciences.

    Majors of Interest include: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Health Information Management, Nursing, Pre-Med, or other Health Science related fields.

    GPA 3.0 or above. Familiarity with, or friendly attitude toward, computers, ability to work as an independent, yet interactive member of a team.

    Ability to think analytically and creatively. The student must me highly motivated; willing to learn new methods and techniques to address interdisciplinary research questions and problems; willing to undergo Human Subject and HIPAA Training; willing to assist with patient recruitment, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Student will become familiar with the techniques and data collection methods used at the mHealth Innovation Laboratory, execute a hypothesis-driven investigation and present the results at the UIC Research Symposium in the spring.

    Students with programming skills are expected to contribute to the development and refinement of mobile health apps for the purposes of the research projects conducted at the mHealth Innovation Lab.

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