Eric Hekler, Arizona State University, USA
Dr Eric Hekler, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU) and directs the Designing Health Lab. His research focuses on facilitating individualised behaviour change for fostering long-term health and well-being via digital health tools. For example, his NSF-funded work focused on developing mathematical models for guiding an intervention that determines an individualised “ambitious but doable” daily step goal to strive for each day. The long-term goal is to develop a comprehensive intervention that provides the right type of support for physical activity only when it is needed. Dr Hekler’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant is focused on developing a methodology for creating “usable evidence” for the real-world decisions that individuals/patients, providers, and policy-makers face when selecting strategies for fostering health; a process he and his colleagues have called Agile Science. Prior to ASU, Dr Hekler completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Rutgers University.
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