Health Information Technology Studies (HITS)

The Health Information Technology Studies (HITS) group examines the influence of health communication and health technologies on individuals’ health behaviors, quality of life, emotional coping and access to needed services, focusing on communication research in the context of cancer, addiction, aging, AIDS/HIV, and COVID-19. Much of this is grant-driven work in collaboration with the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies. Recent work has moved towards using digital trace data to build predictive models and optimize efforts to inform and intervene “just-in-time” in relation to opioid use and provide support to those “aging in place.” Faculty Leader: Dhavan Shah