Eric Hekler

Title(s)Associate Professor, Family Med And Public Health
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    University at Albany, Albany, NYBA05/1998Psychology
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJMS10/2004Clinical Health Psychology
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJPhD10/2008Clinical Health Psychology
    Stanford University, Stanford, CApostdoctoral fellow08/2011Preventive Medicine

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    Dr. Eric Hekler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health 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 the faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD. His research is broadly focused on advancing methods in the design, creation, optimization, evaluation, and reuse (scaling up and out) of digital health technologies. His goal is to contribute towards a form of applied science that facilitates equitable participation, contribution, and benefit for all. There are three interdependent themes to his research, advancing: 1) methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2) methods and processes to help people and communities help themselves: and 3) research pipelines to achieve efficient, rigorous, context-relevant solutions for complex problems, a domain he and his colleagues have called agile science. He has over 120 publications that span the many disciplines he contributes and has an active federal and foundation funding. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of 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.

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    Optimizing Individualized and Adaptive mHealth Interventions via Control Systems Engineering Methods
    NIH R01CA244777Jul 14, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Advanced data analytics training for behavioral and social sciences research
    NIH/NIMH T32MH122376Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    SCH: Control Systems Engineering for Counteracting Notification Fatigue: An Examination of Health Behavior Change
    NIH R01LM013107Mar 6, 2019 - Feb 28, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Operationalizing Behavioral Theory for mHealth: Dynamics, Context, and Personalization
    NIH U01CA229445Sep 19, 2018 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Social Mobile Approaches to Reduce Weight (SMART) 2.0
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL136769Feb 19, 2018 - Jan 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Heart Steps: Adaptive mHealth intervention for physical-activity maintenance
    NIH R01HL125440Dec 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator

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