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Audie Atienza, PhD


Senior Health Technology Advisor,
Office of Secretary,
Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Audie Atienza currently serves as Senior Health Technology Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary; and as a Behavioral Scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute.  At HHS, Dr. Atienza led the Text4Health Task Force that provided recommendations on health text messaging/mobile health to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and is currently collaborating with the White House on the Apps Against Abuse developer’s challenge to encourage the development of innovative technology to help prevent sexual assault among young adults.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1991 and obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 1998.  He completed his clinical internship as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist (with Neuropsychology and Family Therapy rotations) at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System.  Dr. Atienza was then selected as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center.  At NIH, Dr. Atienza has spearheaded research endeavors in electronic health (eHealth), mobile technology and health (mHealth), and real-time data capture, including serving as chair/organizer of national conferences: “The Science of Real-Time Data Capture” conference (Sept 2003), “Capturing Physical Activity and Diet in Real-Time” expert panel workshop (June 2004), “Critical Issues in eHealth Research” national conference (June 2005), and  “Critical Issues in eHealth Research: Toward Quality Patient Centered Care” national conference (September 2006). He led NIH’s effort in organizing the 2010 mHealth Summit (November 2010).  He has over 50 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals, and has edited/co-edited several publications focused on technology and health.