Organizing Faculty

Bonnie Spring, Ph.D.

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry and Public Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Spring is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Public Health at Northwestern and Director of the Center for Behavior and Health - Institute for Public Health and Medicine. She also serves as Team Science Director for NUCATS, Northwestern’s CTSI, and Co-Program Leader for Cancer Prevention. Her research program focuses on the development and evaluation of technology supported interventions to promote healthy change in multiple chronic disease risk behaviors (particularly poor quality diet, overeating, physical inactivity, and smoking). She began conducting trials using connective mHealth technologies to promote healthy lifestyle change in the era when palm pilots were cutting edge technology. Current NIH- and American Heart Association (AHA)-funded mHealth studies by her group involve the use of wearables in the MD2K JITAI to prevent relapse to smoking, MOST factorial and SMART trials to treat obesity, and a cluster randomized trial to preserve and promote college student health. She is currently Chairperson of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention standing study section, and her research has been funded continuously for more than 30 years. A past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), she is a recipient of SBM’s Distinguished Research Mentor and Research to Practice Translation awards. A winner of The Obesity Society’s e-Health Pioneer Award, she is founding editor of Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, and served as Chairperson of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs and AHA’s Behavior Change Committee and member of the APA’s Advisory Steering Committee to establish Practice Guidelines. For many years, she has served as faculty for the NIH Summer Training Institute on Behavioral Clinical Trials and NIH Training Institutes on Mobile Health. She is Principal Investigator of Northwestern’s NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Prevention and Control and has been primary mentor for 22 individual mentored career development awards. Her NIH-funded learning modules on evidence-based practice ( and the science of team science ( are freely available online.

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