Keynote speakers

Dr. David Mohr


David C. Mohr, PhD, trained as a psychologist, is Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with appointments in Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Social Sciences.  He is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs;

Dr. Mohr’s work lies at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and clinical research, focusing on the design, evaluation, and implementation of interventions that harness digital technologies to promote mental health and wellness. While there has been much research over the past decades demonstrating the potential for digital mental health, successful implementation in healthcare settings has been elusive.  The overarching goal of this work is to sustainably implement digital mental health interventions in real-world care settings.

Dr. Mohr is currently conducting research in personal sensing, using smartphone sensor data to detect behaviors related to common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.  He is also beginning design work aimed at harnessing sensor features to create applications that motivate positive behavior change.  Finally, he is conducting a system-wide roll out and evaluation of a mental health app platform, IntelliCare, in a healthcare system in Chicago.

Keynote: Rethinking digital mental health

Hundreds of randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the efficacy of digital mental health (DMH). However, despite many attempts, substantial challenges have been encountered in attempts at implementation of DMH services in real-world healthcare settings.

This talk will describe our research program, aimed at overcoming this research-to-practice gap, including 1) human computer interaction (HCI) studies with adults with depression and anxiety, and care managers in healthcare settings; 2) a platform-based intervention framework (IntelliCare) based on early HCI studies; and 3) clinical trials evaluating the IntelliCare Platform.

HCI studies revealed that people generally engage with apps that are quick to use and have a single or narrow purpose.  Designed to address these use patterns, we have taken a platform approach, as opposed to a single app for a disorder.  This platform, called IntelliCare, includes a suite of simple apps, each targeting a single behavioral strategy, with most requiring less than 30 seconds to use.

Three trials will be presented showing that IntelliCare demonstrating strong patient engagement and positive outcomes for depression and anxiety.  HCI studies with care managers and other stakeholders in leadership will be reviewed, which are supporting a system-wide rollout of IntelliCare in a Chicago-based healthcare system.

Prof. Dr. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen

Dr. Marjolein den Ouden

Prof. P.Eng. Catherine Burns




Prof. Dr. Lisette van Gemert’s research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of technology in the healthcare sector with the aim of improving the overall quality of health and safety. The research in particular is oriented towards human-centered and value-driven technology and includes three subthemes: user centered development, persuasive technology design, and business modelling (implementation). Her research is part of the Persuasive Health Technology lab, Research center of the Center for eHealth &Wellbeing Research at the University of Twente.
Recently, she has been working on data driven health technologies to support self-care for chronic care patients and the evaluation and implementation of Dutch Covid-19 technologies (VWS, GGD).

Keynote: Ten years of Supporting Health by Technology

The Supporting Health by Technology conference  has experienced a period of significant growth and maturity in the last 10 years, with the aim of introducing eHealth as an innovation in Healthcare towards sustainable implementation of health technologies. Our conference was cutting edge demonstrating how multidisciplinary based research contributes to  the growth and maturity of eHealth, and as such creating a dynamic eHealth network among scientists, healthcare professionals, policy and industry. In this presentation Lisette van Gemert (founder of SHbT) will highlight 10 years of SHbT and she will present her view on the next 10 years.


Dr. Marjolein den Ouden is head of two research groups (in Dutch: lector and practor) at University of Applied Science Saxion and ROC van Twente.  The aim of her research is to make the optimal match between people and technology in the field of health and well-being. Recently, she has been working on interdisciplinary collaboration between citizens, professionals, companies, local government and knowledge institutes on the implementation of technology in health and well-being (TOPFIT Citizenlab).

Keynote: From ‘people Vs technology to ‘people With technology’

Technology is perceived as THE solution for challenges in the field of health and wellbeing, from staff shortages to reduction in burden of disease. However, the implementation of technology in practice is slower than expected. How can we bridge the gap between the development of (new) technologies and the implementation of technology in health and well-being? In this keynote I will illustrate how we work together with end-users (both clients and professionals) on the implementation of technology.

Prof. P.Eng. Catherine Burns is a Canada Research Chair in Human Factors in Healthcare Systems. Her main research interests are in clinician and patient centered design, particularly in the design of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation. Recently, she has been working on understanding how optometrists and radiologists work with imaging systems, how clinicians work with sepsis detection tools, and displays to support improved understanding in neuro-critical care.


Emerging technologies have the potential to change how we work, for better or for worse.  In planning for these technologies, it is important to understand workflow and decision-making, to position these technologies most effectively in the work process.  We use Cognitive Work Analysis as one approach to anticipate the workload of these technologies.  Designed well these technologies can augment cognition and become partners in how we work.  Designed poorly, these technologies can increase workload and leave clinicians with the task of supervising unreliable technological partners, adding to their workload.