The People

The people who explore the use of information technologies combined with research in psychology, education, communication, and management sciences to gain insights on changing behaviors – for personal wellness, peace and wellbeing for the world and sustainability for the planet.

Byron Reeves is the Paul C. Edwards Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He teaches courses in mass communication theory and research, with particular emphasis on psychological processing of interactive media. His research has been the basis for a number of new media products for companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, in the areas of voice interfaces, automated dialogue systems and conversational agents. He is currently working on the applications of multi-player game technology to learning and the conduct of serious work.

Dr. BJ Fogg founded the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford University, where he directs research and design. The Persuasive Technology Lab, focuses on methods for creating habits, showing what causes behavior, automating behavior change, and persuading people via mobile phones. Over the years, improving health has become a theme. This includes my work in directing a series of conferences at Stanford on Mobile Health. In addition, he devotes at least half his time to industry projects and innovations, all of which focus on using technology to change behaviors in positive ways.

Abby King is a Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine and is the Director of the Stanford Aging Research & Technology Solutions Laboratory. Her research focuses on public health interventions and policy-level approaches to achieve large-scale change in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Her current research on wellness uses a collaboration platform, applying “citizen science” perspectives to investigate the influences of the built and social environments on health behaviors and outcomes, and applies state-of-the-art communication technologies to address health disparities and expand the reach and generalizability of interventions.

Jeremy Bailenson is founding Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford. He explores the manner in which people can represent themselves when the physical constraints of body and veridically-rendered behaviors are removed. Furthermore, he designs and studies collaborative virtual-reality systems that allow physically remote individuals to meet in virtual space, and he explores the manner in which these systems change the nature of verbal and non-verbal interaction.

Andrea Stevenson Won received her M.S. in Biomedical Visualization, writing her thesis on modeling anatomy for virtual reality applications. Andreas is a virtual reality explorer as well as a medical model maker. She is currently researching the capture and expression of nonverbal behavior and the physical and psychological effects of mediated embodiment. She’s a member of the Association for Computing Machinery as well as the International Communication Association.

Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH is the Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Robinson focuses on “solution-oriented” research, developing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children, adolescents and their families to directly inform medical and public health practice and policy.

Neema Moraveji is the Director of The Stanford Calming Technology Lab, an inter-disciplinary group of scholars, designers, and builders that are inventing and evaluating technologies that create states of calm. the lab draws on Stanford’s research groups in human-computer interaction,persuasive design, the psychophysiology of stress, the science of compassion, and social & cognitive psychology. He’s also the Co-founder of Spire, the world’s first wearable that tracks how you breathe in real-time – in addition to how you move.

Dr Sakti Srivastava has been teaching and conducting research at the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1999. During this period, he has been affiliated with the Department of Surgery and with the Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies (SUMMIT) group. His core interest is in combining computer technology and medicine for innovative applications. He has developed solutions for computer-aided instruction aimed at medical and allied health professionals including stereoscopic imagery, advanced 3D graphics, haptics, and simulations.