Sahiti Myneni, PhD, joined McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston, formerly UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) on March 1, 2014 as an Assistant Professor of biomedical informatics. She was promoted to Associate Professor in September of 2019. She is the Associate Director of Center for Digital Health and Analytics, where she leads translational and collaborative efforts in digital health strategy, innovations, and transformation with our clinical and public health partners. She serves as the Innovation Scholar for the Innovations in Cancer Prevention Research Training Grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.
With a background in Electrical Engineering, Dr.Sahiti Myneni works at the intersection of (a) large language computational models of social media, (b) multimodal behavior representation using wearables and social phenotyping, and (c) digital health interventions addressing disease disparities. She has led multiple large-scale biomedical informatics and digital transformation projects that (a) model the microstructure of human behavior, (b) mitigate health misinformation in social media, and (c) enrich digital experiences in real-time healthcare environments. Her work in Digilego, a consumer-oriented connected health framework has led to advancement of behavioral theory integration in digital era as well as resulted in engagement-optimized IoT-integrative clinical care pathways and patient-centered platforms for chronic disease prevention and management. Her work is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.
Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Persuasive Technology, Annals of Information Systems, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, and International Journal of Information Management. She has served as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Dutch Research Council.