Our Missions

The Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology is a cross-disciplinary group formed in 2015 within the Center for Research on Health Care and the University’s Department of Medicine to facilitate research and to improve population health that lies at the intersection of clinical medicine, computer science, health services research, and healthcare delivery.

The Missions of the Center are to:

  • Provide an academic home to foster multidisciplinary collaborations among and between clinicians, investigators, and other innovators within the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC who are interested in applying cutting-edge technology and behavior-change strategies to improve health and healthcare delivery
  • Collaborate with other Pittsburgh-area entities including the University’s Katz Graduate School of Business, UPMC Enterprises, Carnegie Mellon University, Health 2.0 Pittsburgh, other area health-oriented organizations, and the local entrepreneurial community to create innovative, impactful, and scalable interventions to improve health
  • Conduct rapid, responsive, and relevant “(R3) research” to prototype these behavioral interventions, and then test them using comparative effectiveness and other quasi-experimental designs in quality improvement programs and externally-funded clinical trials
  • Speed dissemination, implementation, licensing, and marketing of proven-effective solutions and strategies by Center faculty and the University of Pittsburgh
  • Mentor the next generation of visionary thought-leaders in the field

To see a list of our members and read about their research interests, visit our Members page.