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Tech Tuesday Talks

Tech Tuesday Talks is a monthly seminar series bringing together researchers from across the USC campus who share interest in technology-assisted health promotion and disease prevention interventions and research.  The series presents a forum to learn about one another’s work, spark collaborations as well as to introduce students to the ongoing research conducted on the USC campus which incorporates technology in health promotion.  All interested faculty and students are invited to attend.  The event is free and open to the public.

Tech Tuesday Talks are presented on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Discovery I Building, Room 140 at noon.  Lunch will be available for the first 20 arrivals and you may also bring your own lunch with you. For more information contact Karen Magradey at (803) 777-3471 or

 October 23, 2018
Discovery 1, Room 140, noon

Speaker:  Yue Liao, PhD
Assistant Professor Candidate
TecHealth/Ex Sci/HPEB

Topic:  How Wearable Sensor Technologies can Improve Next-Gen Behavioral Interventions to Promote Energy Balance

Behaviors which can positively or negatively influence the energy balance (physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet/nutrition) are central to the etiology and management of obesity-related diseases and present opportunities for targeted and sustained behavioral intervention. Developments in wearable sensor technology have made access to personal health-related data more readily available and this in turn provides a foundation for innovative approaches to promote behavioral changes. This seminar will provide examples of using sensor technologies in behavioral research with a focus on the novel application of continuous glucose monitors.

Dr. Yue Liao is a faculty fellow of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Liao’s research areas include the use of wearable sensors and mobile technologies to assess daily physical activity and sedentary behavior, along with psychosocial and contextual factors that might influence decisions to engage in those behaviors. Her research goal is to develop personalized, adaptable, and timely behavior interventions to promote energy balance in real-world contexts and reduce obesity-related disease risk including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Dr. Liao completed a competitive postdoctoral fellowship in colorectal cancer prevention at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after receiving her PhD in Health Behavior Research from University of Southern California. She received her MPH with a focus in Biostatistics from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.