The 2nd mHealth Conference: Behavioural Science and Mobile Technology


Eimear Morrissey

On the 16th of June, the mHealth research group, based here in the School of Psychology, hosted the second mHealth conference. Entitled “mHealth: behavioural science and mobile technology”, the conference brought together expertise from both academia and technology. Talks from each of the invited speakers can be seen below (click on the picture to be brought to the video).


Delegates at the conference

Prof. David French from the  Manchester Centre for Health Psychology  at the University of Manchester  – A population-wide SMS intervention to increase medication adherence in people with type 2 diabetes: The SUMMIT study.


Prof. Sean Mackey and Dr. Beth Darnell from Stanford Medicine at Stanford University – Precision Surgical Care: Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry (CHOIR) as a Perioperative Learning Health System and Platform to Deliver Targeted, Internet-based Health Interventions.


Dr. Jennifer Stinston from SickKids and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evalution at the University of Toronto – Pain Squad App – Building a case against cancer pain in children.


Avril Copeland from TickerFit – Prescribing mHealth in primary care


Prof. Susan Michie from the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London – Smartphone apps to change behaviour: promises and pitfalls.


Denise Manton from TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technolology – Development of technologies enabling communication and information services.


Dr. Felix Naughton from the Department of Public Health and Primary  Care at the University of Cambridge  – Pimp your app: incorporating context awareness into a smoking cessation app.


Dr. Leanne Morrison from the Centre for Applications of  Health Psychology at the University of Southampton – Methods and tools for creating digital behaviour change interventions: Introducing LifeGuide and the person-based approach.


Eamonn Costello from PatientMPower – PatientMPower: mHealth technology for value-based healthcare with outcomes measurement


Dr. Conor Lenihan from the School of Applied Psychology  at University College Cork – Experience-Centered Design and Evaluation of mHealth Technology


Angeline Traynor from the School of Psychology at National University of Ireland, Galway – Development of a web-based intervention for paediatric chronic pain.


Jim Gregg from the Irish Computer Society– Data security and protection for mHealth.



Prof. David French and Dr. Felix Naughton had the difficult task of poster judging. The best poster prize went to Garrett Greene from RCSI for his poster on the development of the INCA device. The INCA device is an inhaler compliance aid used with patients with COPD. You can read more about it here.


Dr. Felix Naughton and Prof. David French present Garrett Greene from RCSI with the best poster prize

Live tweeting was an integral part of the day, incentivised by the promise of ‘best  tweeter prizes’.  As a result #mhealthconf16 trended at a national level! The most active tweeter was won by Marita Hennessy (NUIG), the most engaged with tweet was won by Dr. Noel Carroll (UL) and the committee’s choice of best tweet was won by Dr. Ronan Conway (UCD).


Cross-country and cross-discipline expertise meant that the conference provided valuable insights for all attendees. Watch this space for mHealth Conference 2017!


Invited speakers and  organising committee. L-R Back row: Prof Brian McGuire, Prof Sean Mackey, Dr. Gerry Molloy and Dr. Brian Slattery. Second row:Eamonn Costello, Dr. Beth Darnell, Dr. Felix Naughton  and Jim Gregg.Third row:  Dr. Conor Linehan, Emma Carr, Dr. Leanne Morrison, Denise Manton and Dr. Jane Walsh. Front row: Avril Copeland, Angeline Traynor, Eimear Morrissey and Prof Susan Michie.



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