Department of Medicine
Faculty Profiles by Division

Division of Hematology/Oncology

Faculty Profiles

[Return To Index page]
photo Carissa A. Low, PhD


Assistant Professor

Division of Hematology/Oncology (primary)

Department of Psychology (secondary)

University of Pittsburgh

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: 5200 Centre Avenue, Suite 614
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-5973
Fax: 412-623-5980
Administrative Assistant:
Darren Gilmartin
Address: 5115 Centre Avenue, Room G-27
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-1213
Fax: 412-623-5980
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 interactions between behavior, biology, and patient-centered outcomes in the context of cancer. She is particularly interested in the use of mobile and online technology to assess and target health behaviors, psychological stress, and symptoms during cancer treatment. Current projects include a prospective observational study using passive behavioral sensing to predict postoperative outcomes after cancer surgery and a randomized controlled trial testing a technology-mediated sedentary behavior intervention before and after cancer surgery.
Selected Publications:
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.
Belcher SM, Low CA, Posluszny DM, Schear R, Kramer RE, Donovan HS. Psychological distress, health behaviors, and benefit finding in survivors of multiple primary cancers: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2017; 44: 703-711.
Bae S, Dey AK, Low CA. Using passively collected sedentary behavior to predict hospital readmission. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. 2016; 616-621.
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.
Schmidt JE,, Beckjord E, Bovbjerg DH, Low CA, Posluszny DM, Lowery AE. Prevalence of perceived cognitive dysfunction in survivors of a wide range of cancers: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2016; 10: 302-311.
Posluszny DM, Dew MA, Beckjord E, Bovbjerg DH, Schmidt JE, Low CA, Lowery A, Nutt SA, Arvey SR, Rechis R. Existential challenges experienced by lymphoma survivors: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016; 21: 2357-2366.
Notable Achievements
NIH Mobile Health Training Institute Scholar, 2017
UCSUR Steven D Manners Faculty Development Award, 2015