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photo Carissa A. Low, PhD


Associate Professor

Division of Hematology/Oncology (primary)

Department of Psychology (secondary)

University of Pittsburgh

Director, Mobile Sensing + Health Institute

Core Faculty, Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology, University of Pittsburgh

Adjunct Faculty, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


Phone: 412-623-5973

Office: 3347 Forbes Avenue
Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-623-5973
Administrative Assistant:
Renee Mandell
Phone: 412-641-7724
Education and Training
BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000
Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles, 2008
Clinical Psychology Internship, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
Research Interest
Dr. Low's research focuses on monitoring and managing physical and psychological symptoms and improving function during and after cancer treatment. She is particularly interested in the use of mobile technology for remote patient monitoring as well as the delivery and personalization of behavioral interventions. Current projects include a NCI R37 MERIT award developing and testing a mobile sensing system for real-time severe symptom detection during chemotherapy as well as projects aimed at measuring and visualizing changes in mobility and physical function after cancer surgery and other treatments and linking these metrics to clinical outcomes.
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Selected Publications:
Low CA, Li M, Vega J, Durica KC, Ferreira D, Tam V, Hogg M, Zeh HJ, Doryab A, Dey AK. Digital biomarkers of symptom burden self-reported by perioperative patients undergoing pancreatic surgery: prospective longitudinal study. JMIR Cancer. 2021; 7(2): e27975.
Vega J, Li M, Aguillera K, Goel N, Joshi E, Khandekar K, Durica KC, Kunta AR, Low CA. Reproducible analysis pipeline for data streams: open-source software to process data collected with mobile devices. Frontiers in Digital Health. 2021; 3.
Low CA. Harnessing consumer smartphone and wearable sensors for clinical cancer research. npj Digital Medicine. 2020; 3(1): 1-7.
Low CA, Danko M, Durica KC, Kunta AR, Mulukutla R, Ren Y, Bartlett DL, Bovbjerg DH, Dey AK, Jakicic JM. A real-time mobile intervention to reduce sedentary behavior before and after cancer surgery: usability and feasibility study. JMIR Perioperative Medicine. 2020; 3(1): e17292.
Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Ahrendt S, Choudry MH, Holtzman M, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingam L, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. Fitbit step counts during inpatient recovery from cancer surgery as a predictor of readmission. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2018; 52: 88-92.
Low CA, Dey AK, Ferreira D, Kamarck T, Sun W, Bae S, Doryab A. Estimation of symptom severity during chemotherapy from passively sensed data: Exploratory study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2017; e420.
Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Ahrendt S, Alhelo S, Choudry H, Holtzman M, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingham L, Zeh H, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. Depressive symptoms in patients scheduled for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with cytoreductive surgery: Prospective associations with morbidity and mortality. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016; 34: 1217-1222.
Notable Achievements
NIH Mobile Health Training Institute Scholar, 2017
UCSUR Steven D Manners Faculty Development Award, 2015