Center for Digital Health Awards Inaugural Seed Research Grants and 1,000 Apple Watch Devices to Five Stanford Faculty Teams

The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CDH) has awarded five seed research grants and a total of 1,000 watches from Apple Inc. to Stanford faculty. The five patient-oriented research studies are designed to study creative uses of the wearable technology to achieve meaningful health care outcomes.

The recently launched CDH aims to advance the field of digital health by connecting faculty experts to external stakeholders with the goal of enabling rich research and trial collaborations.  “Our goal, simply stated, is to enable the Stanford community to do cool stuff to improve health care with technology,” said Mintu Turakhia, MD MAS, Associate Professor and Senior Director of Research and Innovation at CDH. 

The Center provides platforms for digital health experts, industry members and students to come together and share knowledge; it also acts as an internal resource for the Stanford community, providing infrastructure and support in the field of digital health. “We aim to facilitate novel and transformative research with health care technology, leveraging the expertise and academic rigor of Stanford,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, Associate Professor and Executive Director of CDH.

Following is a list of the seed research grant-receiving projects and their investigators:

Harnessing Mindset in Health Technology

Principal investigator: Alia Crum, PhD (Psychology). Co-investigators: James Landay, PhD (Computer Science), Octavia Zahrt (Organizational Behavior).


ReClaim: A Virtual Therapist for Stroke Patient Arm Recovery

Principal investigators: Maarten Lansberg, MD, PhD (Neurology), Scott Delp, PhD (Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery), Kara Flavin, MD (Orthopaedic Surgery). Co-investigators: Mike Hittle (Biomedical Computation), Catherine Legault, MD (Vascular Neurology), Mazen Al Borno, PhD (Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery), Peter Lu (Computer Science), Joy Hsu (Computer Science).

Exploring an Artificial Intelligence Approach to Support Adherence Behaviors in Psychiatric Clinical Care

Principal investigators: Sarah Adler, Psy.D (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Jane Kim, Ph.D. (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences). Co-investigators: Mytilee Vemuri, MD, Katherine Williams, MD, Debra Safer, MD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences).

Stop, Watch: Reducing Hyperactivity and Supporting Attention for Youth with ADHD

Principal investigator: Leanne Williams, PhD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences). Co-investigators: John E. Leikauf, MD, Carlos Correa (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences).

Individualized Migraine Attack Prediction with Self-Reported and Passively Collected Data

Principal investigator: Lorene Nelson, PhD, MS (Health Research & Policy). Co-investigators: Ealon Joelson, MD (Neurology), Eric J. Daza, PhD (Stanford Prevention Research Center), Katherine K. Holsteen, BS (Epidemiology).