Dr. Eric Hekler, PhD, is Professor & Interim Associate Dean, Community Partnerships, in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and, past Interim Director and faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD. Eric is a transdisciplinary researcher, educator, and practitioner who works at the intersection of public health (primary affiliation), health psychology (original training), design, and control systems engineering. His mission is to advance methods and processes that equitably serve people and practice towards a more vital, just, and resonantly diverse society and planet. He works towards this via advancing research methods and processes in the areas of: 1) optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2 helping people help themselves: and 3) facilitating compassionate, anti-oppressive, systems-oriented collective action. He has numerous publications that span the many disciplines he contributes, has active federal and foundation funding – including as an NIH R01-funded PI, has played an integral role in creating new transdisciplinary educational opportunities and programs at UCSD, and is an active public health practitioner in the San Diego region. He is recognized internationally as an expert in applied health science methods and digital health.
For a full list of his publications, please visit his Google Scholar profile as many of his peer-reviewed publications are not indexed via PubMed: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yDaDUFgAAAAJ&hl=en.