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Due to necessary scheduled maintenance, the JMIR Publications website will be unavailable from Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 inclusive. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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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, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics, PhD in Community Psychology


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, MPH, PhD

Research Assistant 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

Susan Creary, MS, MD

Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Bio and research focus

Dr. Creary is an assistant professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and a physician in the Hematology/ Oncology/BMT Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her clinical interests are in benign hematology specifically caring for children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Dr. Creary's research interests are to improve hydroxyurea medication adherence in children with sickle cell disease, as it is the only disease modifying medication available for children with this disease. Dr. Creary received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis and her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC while also receiving her Masters of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.