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

Low CA. Harnessing consumer smartphone and wearable sensors for clinical cancer research. NPJ Digital Medicine, 2020, 3:140.

Low CA, Danko M, Durica KC, Vega J, Li M, Kunta AR, Mulukutla R, Ren Y, Sereika SM, Bartlett DL, Bovbjerg DH, Dey AK, & Jakicic JM. A real-time mobile intervention to reduce sedentary behavior before and after cancer surgery: Pilot randomized trial. JMIR Perioperative Medicine, 2023, 6:e41425.

Low CA, Li M, Vega J, Durica KC, Ferreira D, Tam V, Hogg M, Zeh H, Doryab A, & Dey AK. Digital biomarkers of perioperative patient-reported symptom burden in pancreatic surgery patients.JMIR Cancer, 2021, 7:e27975.

Vega J, Li M, Aguillera K, Goel N, Joshi E, Durica KC, Kunta AR, & Low CA. Reproducible Analysis Pipeline for Data Streams (RAPIDS): Open-source software to process data collected with mobile devices. Frontiers in Digital Health, 2021, 168.

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