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Rebecca Schnall PhD, RN

  • Mary Dickey Lindsay Assistant Professor of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Faculty of Nursing
Rebecca Schnall, PhD, RN

My interdisciplinary work focuses on translating evidence-based approaches for self-management into informatics tools, such as mobile health applications, that can be used by consumers in their everyday lives. The impact of my work is demonstrated in the context of the more than 1.2 million persons living with HIV in the US and in young men who are most at risk for being infected with HIV. My contributions focus on the information needs of vulnerable populations and developing informatics tools to promote health and prevent disease to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations, most specifically those living with and at risk for HIV. I have developed a national reputation in consumer health informatics, particularly focused on persons from underserved communities. To support this important work, I have secured federal funding for this work. I have disseminated findings from my work in top journals in my field, as well as at leading interdisciplinary conferences. Highly-respected outlets such as Politico, and Nurse.com have featured my work.

    Education & Training

  • BA, History, Northwestern University
  • MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BSN, Pace University
  • PhD, Nursing Informatics, Columbia University

Contact Info

Presentations

  • “Harnessing Technologies for Behavioral and Clinical Research in HIV/AIDS,” HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University, September 22, 2011.
  • “Examining the Effect of the NY State HIV testing Law on HIV diagnosis in Emergency Department Patients," Columbia University School of Nursing, Center for Health Policy, February 28, 2013.
  • “Informatics Tools for Transitional Care,” Innovative Models of Transitional Care: Bridging the Gap from Theory to Practice, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Continuing Education Course, December 16, 2013.
  • “Adolescents’ Use and Perceived Usefulness of Mobile Technology for Meeting their Health Information Needs and Improving Adherence to Improved Health Behaviors,” NIH OBSSR mHealth Webinar Series, February 19, 2014.
  • “The Grand Challenge: Delivery of Patient Health Data from Mobile Technology Directly to a Central Electronic Record,” National NSF Workshop on Computing Challenges in Future mHealth Systems and Applications, October 29, 2014.
  • “A User-centered Model for the development of Mobile Applications (Apps) for improving prevention behaviors for high-risk MSM, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Health Outcomes Research Group, January 30, 2015.
  • “Design Specifications for Apps: A Case Study,” Health Literacy Roundtable Workshop, Institute of Medicine, March 24, 2015.
  • “Consumer Health Informatics,” National Library of Medicine Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course, Brasstown Valley, GA, September 30, 2015.
  • “Outside, In – Bringing Health Home: Technology and Patient-Centered Care Event,” Politico, June 9, 2016.

Committees/Societies/Memberships

  • 2013-15 Executive Committee
  • 2011  Strategic Planning Research Excellence
  • 2010- Present Doctoral Council School of Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • 2012 -Present American Public Health Association
  • 2007-Present American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2007-Present Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • 2007-Present Sigma Theta Tau

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 ANI Emerging Leader
  • 2014 ENRS Rising Star Award
  • 2014 Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2007 The Hirsch Award for student writing – American College of Legal Medicine
  • 2006 Merit Scholar - Pace University
  • 2006 Dean Francis Reiter Scholar - Pace University

NIH Grants

  • THE WISE APP TRIAL FOR IMPROVING HEALTH OUTCOMES IN PLWH (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2016 - Sep 29 2021

    A PRAGMATIC CLINICAL TRIAL OF MYPEEPS MOBILE TO IMPROVE HIV PREVENTION BEHAVIORS IN DIVERSE ADOLESCENT MSM (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2016 - Apr 30 2021

    ADDRESSING HOSPITAL PATIENT INFORMATION NEEDS USING A PHR PORTAL (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2013 - May 31 2018

    USE OF MHEALTH TECHNOLOGY FOR SUPPORTING SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT IN UNDERSERVED PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV (Federal Gov)

    Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2018

    CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2006 - Jun 30 2016

    INFORMING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE APPS FOR HIV PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2012 - Aug 31 2014

    HEAL NY 6 GRANT (NY State Gov)

    Nov 1 2011 - Sep 30 2013

    SPNS GRANT CONTINUITY OF CARE RECORD AND PERSONAL HEALTH RECORD (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2011 - Aug 31 2012

    NURSE EDUCATION PRACTICE AND RETENTION (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2012

Publications

Selected from >60:

  • Schnall R, Cho H, Webel A. Predictors of Willingness to Use a Smartphone for Research in Underserved Persons Living with HIV, IJMI (In Press).
  • Schnall R, Liu J, Cho H, Hirshfield S, Siegel K, Olender S. A health-related quality of life measure for use in patients with HIV: A validation study, AIDS Patient Care and STDs (In Press).
  • Schnall R, John, R.M., Carballo-Dieguez, A., Do High-Risk Young Adults Use the HIV Home Test Appropriately? Observations from a Think-Aloud Study, AIDS and Behavior, 2016; 20(4):938-48. 
  • Schnall R, Bakken S, Rojas M, Travers J, Carballo-Dieguez A, Brown, William, Carry M, Gelaude D, Mosley JP. A user-centered model for designing consumer mobile health (mHealth) applications (apps), Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2016; 60:243-51.
  • Schnall R, Short Message Service Use in Clinical Care through a Simulation Activity. Journal of Nursing Education, 2015; 54(5):290-294. 
  • Schnall R, Liu, N, Sperling, J, Green, R., Clark, S., Vawdrey, D. An electronic alert for HIV screening in the emergency department increases screening but not the diagnosis of HIV, Applied Clinical Informatics, 2014 26:5(1):299-312.
  • Schnall R, Olender S, Clark S, Sperling J. Factors Influencing the Implementation of the New York State Mandatory HIV Testing Law in Two Urban Academic Emergency Departments: A Qualitative Analysis, Academic Emergency Medicine, 2013 Mar;20(3):279-86.
  • Brown, W, Yen P-Y, Rojas M, Schnall R*. Assessment of the Health IT Usability Evaluation Model (Health-ITUEM) for Evaluating Mobile Health Technology, Journal of Biomedical Informatics 2013 Dec;46(6):1080-7.

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov