Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM



Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine



Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0438
Fax: 617.636.4017


PhD, Computer Science, Harvard University
ScM, Computer Science, Brown University
BA, Summa Cum Laude, Mathematics, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Research Focus:

Dr. Gualtieri's research focuses on digital health communication. Recent projects are on:

  • Patient activism, specifically why people become patient activists and the tools and techniques they use to reach other patients and change policy;
  •  Best practices and regulations in the use of social media for participant recruitment in clinical trials;
  • Public health department use of social media for emergency preparedness and outreach to their communities;
  • Design of health apps, sensors, and wearables;
  • Increasing the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) and health website design;
  • Patients use of online communities and social media for social support across diseases;
  • Integration of social media into public health and medical education.


Select Publications:

  • Ressler, PK, Bradshaw, YS, Gualtieri, L, and Chui, KKH. (2012) Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness through Blogging, J Med Internet Res 2012;14(5):e143.
  • Gualtieri, L., Javetski, G., and Corless, H. (2012). The integration of social media into courses: A literature review and case study from experiences at Tufts University School of Medicine. Future Learning 1 (2012) 79–102.
  • Gualtieri, L.N. (2012) The Potential for Social Media to Educate Farm Families About Health and Safety for Children, Journal of Agromedicine, 17:2, 232-239.
  • Gualtieri, L.N., and Miller, D. (2011) e-learning 2.0. In K. Vu and R. Proctor (Eds.)The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design 2nd edition, New Jersey and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Koch-Weser, S., Bradshaw, Y.S., Gualtieri, L.N., and Gallagher, SS (2010). The Internet as a Health Information Source: Findings from the 2007 Health Information Trends Survey and Implications for Health Communication. Journal of Health Communication, Volume 15.
  • Gualtieri, L.N. (2010) From Twitter to Megaphones: Seven Lessons Learned about Public Health Crisis Communication, Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, Vol 2, No 3.
  • Gualtieri, L.N. Improving Patient-Physician Communication about Internet Use: Why “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Doesn’t Work. In Proceedings of Medicine 2.0, Toronto, Canada, September 17-18, 2009.
  • Gualtieri, L.N. (2009) The Doctor as the Second Opinion and the Internet as the First. n D.R. Olsen , R.B. Arthur, K. Hinckley, M.R. Morris, S.E. Hudson, and S. Greenberg (Eds.) Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009, Boston, MA.
  • Gualtieri, L.N. and Pratt, J. (2009) Dr. Google: What Your Patients Are Doing Online and Why You Should Care. Tufts Medicine, Winter, 2009, Vol. 68, No. 1.
  • Weitzman, P, Neal, L, Chen, H, and Levkoff, SE (2008) Designing a culturally attuned bilingual educational website for US Latino dementia caregivers. Ageing International 32:1, March 2008, 15-24.