Research Partners

The PhD in Personal Health Informatics program incorporates experiential learning that immerses students in Boston’s top medical and healthcare institutions, often studying at-risk populations of urban residents. The goal: Create unique research opportunities and insightful experiences in real-world settings. Students work individually and in teams to observe, identify, and solve patient-centered problems through personal health informatics. This immersion will inform research and provide foundational experiences in careers where students will be expected to work on problems with transdisciplinary teams using both technology and a thorough understanding of the health and behavioral theories that support the work.

We actively partner with local institutions and organizations in the healthcare industry, including internationally recognized programs at area research centers. In addition, our faculty work with students to identify partners based on students’ research interests.

Featured Partners

Partners HealthCare Connected Health

Partners HealthCare Connected Health uses personal health technologies, including remote monitoring, mobile health, personal health trackers, and sensors to deliver care outside of a hospital or doctor’s office. The program creates new solutions for empowering individuals and providers to better manage health and wellness. Partners Connected Health is affiliated with Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS)

CCHERS was established in 1991 as a community and academic partnership between Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and an established network of 15 community health centers in the city. CCHERS provides community-based education and service learning experiences for students in health professions, and conducts research into health issues that impact diverse urban populations.

Research Funding

Northeastern Personal Health Informatics researchers receive funding from the following organizations:

  • Aetna Foundation
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Boston University SPH seed grant
  • Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology
  • Craig H. Nielsen Foundation
  • Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources Services Administration
  • Doris Duke Foundation
  • Hood Foundation
  • Industry (Intel, Google, and other companies)
  • K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health (NCI, NHLBI, NINR, NLM, NIA, NHGRI, Genes and Environment Initiative)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Northeastern University seed grants
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Research Collaborations
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Simons Foundation
  • US Veteran’s Administration

Research Collaborations

Our team has ongoing research collaborations with a variety of organizations and universities, including:

  • Boston and Bedford Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Center
  • Georgia Tech
  • Groden Center
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
  • Smart from the Start
  • Stanford University
  • Teen Empowerment
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University Medical School
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University of Southern California Medical School

See our research projects for more information.