Mobile Health for Substance Use in Young Adults


Mobile Health for Substance Use in Young Adults

Tammy Chung, PhD Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Department of Psychiatry will feature Dr. Tammy Chung as part of its Meet the PI lecture series. Dr. Chung’s research focuses on adolescent and young adult substance use: assessment and diagnosis, screening and brief intervention, and mechanisms underlying psychotherapy change.

Tammy Chung, PhD
          Tammy Chung, PhD

Dr. Chung has used a range of methods that include mobile assessment, social network data, neuroimaging, and candidate genes to examine factors influencing the course of substance use across multiple levels of analysis. She serves as the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for a number of ongoing research projects funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr, Chung is an Associate Editor for the journals Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Chung is a member of the training faculty for the department’s T32 Developmental Alcohol Research Training Program. 

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution

Location. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick at or by calling 412-246-6787.

Learning Objectives. At the conclusion of this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss factors associated with individual differences in response (e.g., rate and magnitude of change in alcohol use) to an alcohol text message intervention.

  2. Explain how smartphones can be used to generate “digital phenotypes” that are relevant to behavioral and mental health.

  3. Describe which smartphone-based sensor features (e.g., travel pattern, communication logs) are most useful in detecting alcohol use events in young adults.

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal. For more information, call (412) 204-9085.