Michael Businelle, PhD
Co-Director of the TSET Health Promotion Research Center, Director of the mHealth Shared Resource at the TSET Health Promotion Research Center at the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Michael Businelle was recruited to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2015 to develop and direct the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center Mobile Health (mHealth) Shared Resource. The mHealth resource is staffed by 5 programmers/engineers, a program manager, 2 project coordinators, and a research technician. The InsightTM platform enables researchers to rapidly create mobile applications that can utilize ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor, e-cigarette device) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of cancer risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, heavy alcohol use, poor diet / inactivity / obesity, etc.) and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real-time. The mHealth resource currently supports over 60 studies (33 NIH funded, 3 studies collect data outside the US – Cambodia, Laos, and Scotland).
Since 2011, Dr. Businelle has been the PI on 15 intervention studies that have been funded by the NIH, ACS, and internal funds and he has a strong publication record (i.e., over 155 peer reviewed publications) in the areas of smoking cessation, health disparities, and mHealth. Fourteen of these studies include collection of EMA data to identify mechanisms of health risk behaviors in socioeconomically disadvantaged samples. This information has been used to develop novel interventions that automatically tailor treatment content based upon an individual’s current symptoms/needs. In upcoming studies, Dr. Businelle plans to integrate real-time wearable sensor data (e.g., smoking, eating, drinking gestures) to inform intervention algorithms.
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Karen Ra, PhD
Chaelin Karen Ra, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the TSET Health Promotion Research Center at the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. Karen earned her PhD in Health Behavior Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her dissertation was on “Affect, Digital Media Use, Physical Activity, and ADHD in Youth” using intensive longitudinal data. Karen is interested in mental health and cancer prevention using mobile health technology.
Lizbeth "Libby" Benson, PhD
Lizbeth “Libby” Benson, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the TSET Health Promotion Research Center at the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. Libby earned her BA in Psychology with honors from the University of Wisconsin Madison, spent three years working as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, and most recently earned her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Libby’s research program is focused on developing analytic methods for intensive longitudinal data captured in situ and in real time by wearable sensors in order to advance the knowledge base on positive health and human development. Data visualization is also an important component of her work as a way to better understand complex behavioral processes, to generate new ideas, and to use as a tool for scientific communication. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Libby is excited to integrate an applied component into her research program by working with her mentor, Dr. Michael Businelle, and others at the HPRC on methods for analyzing mHealth intervention data, and computational modeling methods for building context and time sensitive mHealth programs.
Krista Kezbers, PhD, DipACLM, ACSM-EIM
Krista Kezbers joined the TSET HPRC in July 2021 after spending 4 years as a Research Associate at OU-Tulsa. She earned her PhD in Health and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2017 and her dissertation focused on the health and well-being of sports coaches. Krista received a masters degree in Kinesiology from The University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from The University of Minnesota. Her research interests revolve around improving the health and lifestyle behaviors of individuals in unique populations.
Research Project Coordinator
Audrey Montgomery joined the TSET HPRC in January 2020 as a research technician. She previously worked as a licensed professional counseling candidate after receiving her Master of Education in Professional Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Audrey completed her undergraduate research experience at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR). She worked on multiple research projects focused on the relationship between attitudes in ideological Internet discussions and emotion and communication strategies. Her current research interests include the use of mobile health technology for mental health interventions among chronic smokers and cancer patients.
Meghan Neumann joined the TSET HPRC in March 2020 as a research technician. She received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, she assisted in research in the department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Her current research interests include the combination of mobile health technology and epidemiology for community health monitoring.
Jillian Robison joined the TSET HPRC in the spring of 2020. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma where she completed undergraduate research in the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory. Previous research focus was on the effects of iron deficiency on perception, memory and cognition. Her current research interests include the utilization of mobile health technology as a predictor into future health-related behaviors of an individual.
Irene De La Torre, B.S., BHCM2
Irene De La Torre joined the TSEST HPRC in February 2021. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy with an Honors distinction from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Child Adaptation and Maternal Psychopathology Laboratory and an assistant in the Psychological Service Center. She was rewarded the Psychology departmental outstanding senior award in Spring 2020. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Level 2 Behavioral Case Manager in charge of the COMPASS Transitional Housing Program at HOPE Community services. Her current research interest include the use of mobile health technology for health promotion in vulnerable populations.