Dr Lee M. Ritterband PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Health System and Director of the Behavioral Health and Technology program area. He has established himself as one of the international leaders of research on Internet health interventions. He is a co-founder and the current President of the International Society for Research on Internet interventions, the leading organization for researchers evaluating technology-based interventions to promote health behaviors. He has also been a Principal or Co-Investigator on research projects funded by the NIMH; NICHD; NIDDK; NIDA, NIAAA, American Diabetes Association; Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services; Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and LifeScan Corporation, primarily in the area of development and evaluation of Internet-delivered treatments.
Dr. Frances Thorndike PhD is the Chief Science Officer at BeHealth Solutions, LLC and an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Health and Technology program area at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from American University and then completed a three-year fellowship at the University of Virginia, focusing on the use of technology to extend the reach of proven behavioral interventions. Dr Thorndike's research interests include the development and evaluation of Internet interventions for various medical and behavioral health problems, including insomnia, post-traumatic stress, encopresis, diabetes, and self-management of cancer-related symptoms. She has been conducting research in the field of Internet interventions since 2002. Prior to working at UVA, she collaborated with Dr. Brett Litz at Boston University on the development and evaluation of an Internet intervention for service members with PTSD brought on by either the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon or the Iraq War. At UVA, she has served as a co-investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health-funded studies utilizing technology to increase access to treatment, including the insomnia Internet intervention which is being featured on RTIPs.
Drs Thorndike and Dr. Ritterband founded BeHealth Solutions, along with Joe Jennings, an experienced executive in web-based software solutions. BeHealth Solutions, LLC, is committed to expanding public access to the technology-based interventions that are proving effective in research trials. We are focused on ensuring that proven interventions do not sit on the proverbial shelf, but instead make it into the hands of the very people who need them. My role at BeHealth Solutions is to make certain that the broad implementation and dissemination of our evidence-based online interventions continues to adhere to the strict scientific and clinical standards we set forth in developing the company.