Featured Investigator :: Dr. Chandra Osborn

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Featured Investigator :: Dr. Chandra Y. Osborn

Chandra Y. Osborn, Ph.D., MPH, addresses the technologies available that impact
behavioral outcomes in diabetes, such as mobile devices, PDAs, & the Internet.

These technologies can be leveraged to improve self-management behaviors & outcomes in diabetes.

For example, reminder systems can help patients remember to refill prescriptions, perform blood sugar tests, & administer insulin.

These systems are a cost-effective method for helping remind patients to perform specific behaviors for a short-time, & should be implemented for newly diagnosed patients to assist them in becoming acclimated to the self-management of their diabetes.


Chandra Y. Osborn, Ph.D., M.P.H »
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine & Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Osborn is an expert in the application of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills (IMB) model to diabetes self-care behaviors & specifically diabetes medication adherence. She is a fully-funded researcher in technology-assisted IMB model-based behavioral intervention design & evaluation for adults with diabetes. She studies the use of technology by patients, as well as the design, implementation, & evaluation of technology-delivered interventions, leveraging patient portals & mobile devices to promote medication adherence, & understanding disparities in technology use & adherence to self-care. Dr. Osborn research leverages technology to reach diverse patients as well as understand whether & when technology works to exacerbate or reduce health disparities. Beyond content, Dr. Osborn uses qualitative interviews & elicitation focus groups to understand & contextualize the topics & populations she studies, serve as the base for designing diabetes self-care & medication adherence promotion interventions, & understand future implementation efforts. She also has a graduate certificate in quantitative research methods, & is skilled in multivariate analyses, structural equation modeling, & mediational analyses among other analytic techniques.