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Editorial Board


Sherif Badawy, MS, MD 

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


Dr. Badawy is a pediatric hematologist and his primary area of interest clinically is sickle cell disease. Dr. Badawy's major research focus relates to health services and outcomes research, in particular the development and the implementation of technology-based behavioral interventions to monitor and improve medication adherence, quality of life, and other patient-reported outcomes in adolescents and young adults across chronic health conditions.

Research Focus

Sickle cell disease, medication adherence, quality of life, patient-reported outcomes, and mhealth/ehealth digital behavioral interventions.

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Carolyn Ahlers-Schmidt, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Director of the Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita


Dr. Ahlers-Schmidt is a community psychologist and the director of the Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival. Her research is dominated by studies pertaining to health communication, including message development, the dissemination of information via technology, and clarifying parent perceptions of health concepts in order to develop strategies to improve communication.

Research focus

Injury prevention, text message communication, safe sleep, qualitative methods.

Lisa Kuhns, PhD, MPH

Research Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL


My primary areas of research interest are prevention of behavioral transmission of HIV infection and promotion of health and wellness among HIV infected adolescent and young adult populations, including sexual and gender minorities. In particular, I have been involved in the development of practical and scalable interventions across the HIV care continuum. A new area of interest is use of technology to promote health and wellness among adolescents more generally.

Research focus

HIV infection; health disparities; public health; sexually transmitted diseases

Emily Law, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine


I am a pediatric psychologist with expertise in pediatric pain research, with a focus on psychological assessment and intervention for youth with chronic pain and behavioral sleep problems and their parents.

Research focus

Screening psychosocial and family risk in pediatric migraine, development and evaluation of psychological therapies for youth with migraine and co-morbid physical and mental health conditions, techniques including thematic analysis, time series analysis, and regression analysis of large datasets of objective usage data.

Robert Cronin, MD, MS, MEng

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Dr. Cronin's research interests and expertise focus on developing and evaluating healthcare consumer-facing technologies that engage and empower people in their healthcare and can collect data to advance scientific discovery. His current work is two-fold: (1) to develop and evaluate participant data collection tools for the All of Us precision medicine program; and (2) to develop and evaluate patient-facing guidelines to improve engagement, activation, and ultimately care in individuals with chronic diseases.

Research focus

Consumer Health Informatics, Patient Engagement, Sickle Cell Disease

Craig Garfield, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University and Lurie Children's Hospital

Research focus

Child health within the context of the family, with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health, the role of fathers and special attention to the ability of technology to support parenting.

Lindsay Jibb, RN, PhD, CPHON

Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Pediatric Nursing Research, Hospital for Sick Children

Bio and research focus

Dr. Jibb is the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Pediatric Nursing Research at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research interest and experience focuses on pediatric oncology and she is particularly interested in how to enhance care and quality of life for children with cancer in their community-based environments.

Anna Sofia Serlachius, PhD

Director of the Health Psychology Masters programme, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Department of Psychological Medicine, The University of Auckland

Bio and research focus

Dr. Serlachius' professional speciality lies in the areas of self-management in chronic illness, health behaviour change interventions for youth with chronic health conditions, and investigating the role of protective psychosocial factors on health outcomes.

Gabrielle Rigney, BPsych (Hons), PhD

Balanced Academic (Research and Teaching), Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University


Dr. Rigney's research interests focuses broadly on pediatric sleep. Dr Rigney has experience in the development and evaluation of both parent-centered behavioral interventions for children with insomnia, and patient-centered behavioral interventions for adolescents with sleep problems.

Research focus

Sleep, Pediatrics, eHealth Behavioral Interventions, Transdiagnostic Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Aliza Werner-Seidler, BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales


Dr. Aliza Werner-Seidler is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney. She leads a program of research in the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in young people using digital technologies.

Research focus

Mental health, insomnia, prevention, cognitive behaviour therapy

Amy Hughes Lansing, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Bio and research focus

Dr. Hughes Lansing is a pediatric psychologist who studies self-regulation, families, and child and adolescent health. Primarily, she examines self-regulation in the area of adolescent chronic illness management (eg, type 1 diabetes, obesity) and health risk behaviors (eg, problematic eating, sedentary behavior, substance use). Across her research, Dr. Hughes Lansing employs novel technology-based and advanced methodological approaches within the family system.

Sarah Parker, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor, Basic Science Education, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Director of Human Factors Research, Carilion Clinic


Dr. Sarah Parker is the Director of Human Factors Research at Carilion Clinic, an Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and the Department of Biomedical Science in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She has over 10 years of experience applying human factors and industrial/organizational psychology principles to healthcare. Sarah Parker received her BA in psychology from Wittenberg University in Springfield OH and her MA in human factors and applied cognition from George Mason University in Fairfax VA. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked at Mayo Clinic applying human factors principles to various inpatient quality and safety challenges.

Past Editorial Board Members/Section Editors

Ana Radovic, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

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