Can a Free Wearable Activity Tracker Change Behavior?

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
  • Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM
  • At Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

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Innovations in digital health have led to expensive toys, but have they improved health outcomes? Lisa Gualtieri will discuss the current landscape of wearable digital technology, and report on a series of studies on wearable activity tracker use in older adult populations; most notably, what was learned about acceptance and use of trackers that were provided free with training, and their impact on behavior change. She will also present on future directions her research is taking to potentially expand the usefulness of these devices as part of clinical care, to lower the prevalence of chronic disease within the US. Finally, she will showcase her non-profit, RecycleHealth, which she founded two years ago to collect trackers for underserved populations who need help improving on health behaviors. One such population includes veterans, a group of which will receive trackers as part of a wellness program through HutsForVets, with the aim to increase physical activity and improve mental health outcomes.


Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, where she is the director of the Digital Health Communication certificate program. Her research focuses on the use of wearable activity trackers with older adults with chronic medical conditions, racial/ethnic minorities, and veterans. Lisa is the founder of RecycleHealth, which collects unused wearable activity trackers and donates them to underserved populations. She serves on the FDA’s General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel. Lisa has a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University, a Sc.M in computer science from Brown University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

Event schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking


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Constant Contact is hosting us.

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Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.

Getting there

Constant Contact is located off 128 in Waltham. 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA.

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