Carissa A. Low, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Carissa A. Low, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Psychology, and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, Core Faculty of the Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology, Member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Adjunct Faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, her research leverages mobile technology for remote patient monitoring as well as delivery and personalization of behavioral interventions. As Director of the University of Pittsburgh Mobile Sensing and Health Institute (, she collaborates with other clinical researchers to help them integrate smartphone and wearable sensors into a variety of patient-centered studies. Her research has been funded by NCI, NIMH, NSF, the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, the UPMC Aging Institute, and Sony Corporation, and she is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

During her spare time, she enjoys traveling to places with delicious food and walking around Pittsburgh listening to podcasts about technology or true crime. She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband and daughter.

Education & Training

  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles, 2008
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

Representative Publications

Bae S, Dey AK, Low CA. Using passively collected sedentary behavior to predict hospital readmission. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. 2016:616-621.

Doryab A, Dey AK, Kao G, Low CA. Modeling biobehavioral rhythms with passive sensing in the wild: A case study to predict readmission risk after pancreatic surgery. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technologies. 2019:3.

Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Ahrendt S, Alhelo S, Choudry H, Holtzman M, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingam L, Zeh H, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. (2016). Depressive symptoms in patients scheduled for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with cytoreductive surgery: Prospective associations with morbidity and mortality. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;34:1217-1222.

Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Ahrendt S, Choudry MH, Holtzman M, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingam L, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. Fitbit step counts during inpatient recovery from cancer surgery as a predictor of readmission. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2018;52:88-92.

Low CA, Dey AK, Ferreira D, Kamarck T, Sun W, Bae S, Doryab A. Estimation of symptom severity during chemotherapy from passively sensed data: Exploratory study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2017;19:e420.

Click here for a more complete bibliography of Dr. Low's work.

Research Interests

  • Remote symptom monitoring
  • Real-time detection of psychological stress
  • Personalizing interventions
  • Patient-generated data in clinical care