Lisa Gualtieri

Lisa Gualtieri

(617) 636-0438
136 Harrison Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest: My research and teaching are at the intersection of health, technology, and behavior change, focusing on how to educate and support patients in leading healthier lives. With a doctorate in computer science and a focus in human-computer interaction, my research initially centered on how technology can help solve health problems. Realizing the limitations of technology adoption and use, my research broadened to identifying the barriers patients face and developing facilitators that address those barriers. My current research focuses on developing behavioral interventions that help individuals improve medication management in the home, and I received a Tufts Springboard award for this research. My teaching perfectly meshes with my research; in the Fall 2022 semester, I am teaching graduate level courses on Digital Health and on Using Digital Technology to reach Health Consumers. I am supervising a group of graduate students working on device design to support medication adherence. I also offer professional development on topics including Design Thinking, Using Twitter to Promote Research, and Infographic Design.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, USA, 1989
  • Master of Science, Brown University, USA, 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Massachusetts, USA, 1979


Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She teaches courses including Digital Health, Design and Evaluation of Digital Health Technologies, and Using Digital Technology to Reach Health Consumers. Dr. Gualtieri's most recent research focuses on increasing medication adherence through developing a better understanding of home prescription medication storage and using contextual cues. Other research focuses on the use of wearable activity trackers with underserved populations; the integration of tracker data into clinical care; and the impact of digital literacy skills on adoption of digital health by older adults. She is the founder of RecycleHealth, a non-profit that collects wearable activity trackers to donate to underserved populations, over 7,000 trackers to date. Dr. Gualtieri serves on the FDA's General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel. She has a PhD in computer science from Harvard University, a ScM in computer science from Brown University, and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts. She tweets about digital health at @lisagualtieri.