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  • November, 2022: Our paper on automatic classification of dementia using text and speech data was accepted in Multimodal AI in Healthcare.

  • November, 2022: Our paper on understanding the relationship between financial behavior and mental health was accepted in Frontiers.

  • September, 2022: Our paper on comparing two delivery modes of a supportive care platform for metastatic breast cancer patients was accepted in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

  • July, 2022: Our paper outlining a forthcoming systematic review of design approaches and evaluation methods in mHealth apps targeting substance use has been published on JMIR Research Protocols.

  • April, 2022: We have received the SSRI Large Pilot Award ($74,379) to support financial wellbeing of individuals with bipolar disorder.

  • January, 2022: Our paper on privacy sensitive speech analysis using federated learning to assess depression has been accepted in ICASSP.

  • January, 2022: Our paper on the use of Alexa as an active listener and its implication for mental health support has been accepted in CSCW.




  • December, 2019: We have two papers accepted at CHI 2020 focusing on smart speakers!

  • October, 2019: We have received a grant from the American Institute for Cancer Research to develop a supportive care platform using smart speakers for patients with metastatic breast cancer. This is a collaboration with Kathryn Schmitz.

  • July, 2019: I have been awarded an NSF CRII grant to develop conversational agents for patients with PTSD.

  • March, 2019: I have received the 2019 Junior Faculty Excellence Award in Research from IST!

  • March, 2019: I am serving as a publicity chair for UbiComp 2019. Please consider attending.

  • March, 2019: Our project has been featured in Penn State News.

  • February, 2019: We have been awarded a seed grant from IST to monitor, predict, and analyze alcohol and marijuana use in young adults. This is a collaboration with Ashley Linden-Carmichael and Stephanie Lanza.

  • February, 2019: We organized the 2nd Working Group Meeting for the Life Sensing Consortium (LSC)


  • September, 2018: We have been awarded a seed grant from SSRI. This project aims to use Amazon Alexa devices for real-time mindfulness intervention delivery to patients with chronic pain.

  • September, 2018: We have a paper in MobileHCI. It describes how phone cameras can be leveraged to collect pupil information for inferring alertness levels.

  • June, 2018: Our paper focusing on cortisol levels and alertness trends has been published.

  • May, 2018: I gave a talk in UT Austin iSchool colloquium on conversational agents and mental health care.

  • May, 2018: We have one full paper and two workshop papers accepted in PervasiveHealth

  • April, 2018: I have been awarded the Tronzo Medical Informatics endowment from IST! The endowment aims to engage faculty and students in issues and technologies related to medical informatics.

  • April, 2018: Our paper reviewing sensing technologies for serious mental illnesses has been published in IEEE MultiMedia Magazine.

  • March, 2018: Our project has received seed funding from ICS. Our goal is to predict relapse onset in bipolar disorder using online behavioral data. This project is a collaboration with Erika Saunders and Dahlia Mukherjee.

  • February, 2018: The psychology department invited me to give a talk on conversational agent and mental health intervention.

  • January, 2018: We have been awarded an IST seed grant. The project will develop conversational agents for intervention delivery to patients with PTSD. It is a collaboration with Linda Collins and Steffany Fredman.




  • November, 2015: Our article on detecting social rhythms instability of patients with bipolar disorder has been accepted by JAMIA.

  • September 5 – 11, 2015: I had a great time in Osaka for UbiComp 2015. We had one paper on using social media to infer jet lag. I also presented my work in doctoral school.

  • August 29th, 2015: I will be at Microsoft Research working with Mary Czerwinski during the fall.

  • August 11 — 12, 2015: Traveled to Portland to join the annual ISTC-PC retreat.

  • July, 2015: Our paper on behavioral sensing of outpatients and inpatients with Schizophrenia by Psychiatric Services.

  • April, 2015: Our article on in-situ design for mental illness has been accepted in MobileHCI.

  • May, 2015: I was a student volunteer for UbiComp PC meeting. It was a great learning experience.

  • March, 2015: I attended CSCW at Vancouver. I presented the paper on measuring societal happiness from geolocated images paper. We also had another paper from MoodLight project.