Our research is focused on the following areas:
- Computational modeling of health behaviors. We are particularly interested in how a complex array of factors can influence one’s behavior and eventually impact health. Our track-record includes the development of numerous models for food behavior and obesity, and we also have projects related to binge drinking and adherence to treatment.
- Discrete simulations in health. This includes the development of agent-based models, cellular automata or network models to simulate weight dynamics, drinking or HIV.
- Biomedical informatics and decision making. We often ask “what-if” questions to see how a range of policies could impact health, such that we can make informed policy decisions.
As health informatics is a very broad field, we wish to clarify that we do not conduct research on genomics or images (e.g., to identify cancers). If you are interested in these fascinating topics, we do have strong faculty members in these areas. We also conduct limited research on infectious diseases, as we are more interested in health behaviors than in the functioning of specific pathogens. When we do look at pathogens, we most often ask how their dynamics can be influenced by individuals’ behaviors. We sometimes work in fields beyond health, as long as behaviors play an important role since the methods that we develop can often have benefits for several fields.