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BS Mathematics Middle East Technical University 1997
MS Information Systems Middle East Technical University 2000
MS Management Information Systems Claremont Graduate University 2003
PhD Information Systems and Technology Claremont Graduate University 2006

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference. WPI provides a learning environment that allows me to accomplish these principles with its emphasis in theory and practice.

In my research, I investigate effective ways that information systems and technology can support healthcare delivery transformation around the globe, because I believe that everyone should have access to the best care possible at an affordable price. My goal as a scholar is to conduct relevant, high quality, high impact research with integrity. I identify research problems that are interesting for scholars and relevant to practitioners. I apply both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in my research. My research expertise is in design and development of patient facing health information technologies, specifically personal health records (PHR) and mobile technologies; and implementation and adoption of health information technologies (HIT) such as telehealth and electronic health records (EHR) in healthcare organizations.

Scholarly Work

Patient Portals: An Underused Resource for Improving Patient Engagement 2016

An analysis of patient portal utilization: what can we learn about online patient behavior by examining portal click data? 2016

Making Exergames Appealing: An Assessment of Commercial Exergames 2015

Smartphone-based wound assessment system for patients with diabetes 2015

Personal Health Records: Identifying Utilization Patterns from System Use Logs and Patient Interviews 2012

The rise of a health-IT academic focus 2010

Professional Highlights & Honors
, 2015
Funded by AHRQ (Grant# R21 HS024003)
, 2014
Funded by NIH (Grant# R01 HL122302)
, 2013
Funded by NIH (Grant# R21 DK098556)
, 2011
Funded by NSF (#NSF-IIS-1065298)
Postpartum Depression Almost Took My Life

ScaryMommy, a parenting blog, highlighted Lifeline4Moms, an app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School that will help OB-GYNs better evaluate and treat PPD in new mothers.


Other Inventor(s):
Lei Wang, Qian He, Peder C. Pedersen