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The Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth) is a South Carolina SmartState Center focused on research to develop and evaluate health promotion programs which encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce risk of disease by incorporating technology. 

New and emerging technologies hold great promise for creating novel intervention approaches, as well as enhancing existing interventions with the addition of technological elements. Technology affords the ability to expand geographic reach of evidence-based interventions and to access underserved populations with programs which promote healthier lifestyles. The TecHealth research portfolio includes projects that address these domains, as well as efforts to explore how technology can be used to improve the assessment of lifestyle behaviors. TecHealth is also focused on training of the next generation of scholars who seek to promote healthy lifestyles through the use of technology.


TecHealth Center/ECHO Lab Invite Applications for Emerging Scholars Program

The TecHealth Emerging Scholars Program is designed to promote early exposure of graduate students to research training in real-time data capturing techniques, develop research skills in using mobile devices to study health behaviors, build technical and writing skills, and develop research portfolios in the area of mobile health. A stipend of $1200 and travel/registration funds up to $1000 are available to eligible students.   Applications are due January 3, 2022.  

Christine Pellegrini

Christine Pellegrini awarded $1.2 million from CDC

TecHealth Assistant Professor Christine Pellegrini has been awarded $1.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test a phone-based walking program to improve arthritis.

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TecHealth members receive awards from the Office for the Study of Aging and Arnold Institute on Aging

TecHealth faculty member Chih-Hsiang “Jason” Yang received the inaugural Research Fellowship award from the Office for the Study of Aging, and TecHealth student Katherine DeVivo received the 2020 Graduate Scholar in Aging Award from Arnold Institute on Aging.  Congratulations, Jason and Katherine!

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Congratulations to Katherine DeVivo, Graduate Student in TecHealth!!  

Katherine DeVivo is a graduate student in TecHealth, working with Dr. Christine Pellegrini. She graduated in May 2020 with a Masters in Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health and received the Outstanding MPH Student Achievement Award.  Katherine will be continuing her studies in the Exercise Science Doctoral Program in Fall 2020. Congratulations Katherine!!

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TecHealth Faculty Members Receive UofSC COVID-19 Awards

TecHealth Assistant Director Brie Turner-McGrievy (HPEB) and Assistant Professor Christine Pellegrini (EXSC) both received awards from the UofSC Office of Research to conduct studies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Dr. Turner-McGrievy will build on her current dietary lifestyle intervention project “Nutritious Eating with Soul” to assess participant satisfaction with the transition of in-person interventions to e-learning environments and examine the psychosocial, physical, and behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on study participants. Dr. Pellegrini will conduct interviews with 30 overweight or obese individuals to explore current changes in stress and diet and activity behaviors.  Understanding how individuals are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic will help to better inform and tailor future adaptive weight management programs and public health recommendations, not only in the event of a future pandemic but also for everyday stressful life events.  Congratulations Brie and Christine!


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