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The Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles faculty and students posing


The Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth) is a South Carolina SmartState Center focused on research to develop and evaluate health promotion programs which encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce risk of disease by incorporating technology. 

New and emerging technologies hold great promise for creating novel intervention approaches, as well as enhancing existing interventions with the addition of technological elements. Technology affords the ability to expand geographic reach of evidence-based interventions and to access underserved populations with programs which promote healthier lifestyles. The TecHealth research portfolio includes projects that address these domains, as well as efforts to explore how technology can be used to improve the assessment of lifestyle behaviors. TecHealth is also focused on training of the next generation of scholars who seek to promote healthy lifestyles through the use of technology.


Christine Pellegrini, PhD

Christine Pellegrini launching "Phone Coaching as a Rescue Strategy for Early Non-Responders Enrolled in an Internet-Delivered Weight Loss Program"

 Christine Pellegrini, TecHealth assistant professor, is collaborating with Dr. Jessica Unick (The Miriam Hospital) on a recently funded NIDDK R01 to examine the effect of extended coaching by phone on weight loss outcomes from an internet-based program.  The study will also determine whether these effects are sustained once the phone coaching is removed, and if these interventions are effective from a cost perspective.

TecHealth Director-Delia West, PhD

Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field

Techealth Director, Dr. Delia West, has received the Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field from the Obesity Society's eHealth/mHealth Section.  The award is given to recipients for demonstrating excellence in the field and paving the way for further advancements in technologies to enhance obesity research, prevention and treatment.

Chelsea Larsen

Chelsea Larsen Recipient of 2018 Graduate Scholar in Aging Research Award

Exercise Science doctoral candidate and TecHealth research assistant Chelsea Larsen has received the 2018 Graduate Scholar in Aging Research Award.  Each year the Arnold School of Public health recognizes up to two outstanding graduate Arnold School students who represent the highest standard of scholarship focused on aging.  The award promotes the development of students interested in innovative research on aging.  Larsen plans to use her award to present her research on caregivers of individuals with dementia at a national conference on aging.   

Jim Stritzinger

Jim Stritzinger Named Director of Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics

 Jim Strizinger, TecHealth Entrepreneur in Residence, has transitioned to lead the USC Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics.  The Center is a public-private partnership that works with regional government, academia, and business for developing in-demand skills, accelerating research innovations into markets, and driving regional economic development. It will develop technical expertise in analytics, cognitive computing (IBM Watson) and Internet of Things (IoT) in vertical markets that include predictive maintenance and supply chain, higher education, finance, insurance and health care.  

IBM Watson logo

Harnessing the Cognitive Power of IBM Watson to Enhance Academic Research

Harnessing the Cognitive Power of IBM Watson to Enhance Academic Research, the April Tech Tuesday Talk presentation is now online. For additional information about the presentation or questions about IBM Watson, please contact TecHealth Entrepreneur in Residence, Jim Stritzinger.

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