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Behavioral Innovations Core

The Behavioral Innovations Core (BIC) provides research support, consultation, technical assistance, and training in applied behavioral science and related technological innovation.

The BIC sits at the intersection of behavioral science and digital health, and provides support, knowledge, and skills in diverse contexts to further HIV prevention and care research while addressing health equity, access, ethics and policy. Advances in HIV care and prevention require substantial behavioral considerations for optimal uptake. Our efforts leverage behavioral science and digital health to advance HIV care and prevention efforts. At our core we aim to promote interdisciplinary HIV research, provide consultations and mentorship through the following actions:

  • Maintain a relevant resource database
  • Organize symposia to promote local and regional cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Facilitate coordinated responses to funding opportunities
  • Provide consultation services related to behavioral science and digital health
  • Provide technical assistance related to behavioral science and theory

The BIC has a strong focus on building equitable partnerships with community in order to raise community voices, support the development and advance work of individuals who represent the communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic, and expand HIV workforce capabilities to make a sustainable impact on curbing the worldwide HIV epidemic.


  • Research Consultations provide technical assistance and training on behavioral theory (including structural and multilevel models), digital data capture, behavioral outcomes measurement (including geospatial and social networking data), TelePrEP, telehealth, and other digital health intervention services, and  health access, equity, and policy
  • Social Media Consultations via a UW social media specialist. Consultation topics can include what social media platforms to use to broaden the reach of your research, how to enhance study recruitment, how to best disseminate research information and activities, and how to coordinate health messaging with community partners. Fill out a consultation form to receive a quote [form creation in progress; in the interim, please email for more information]. Interested clients can be external or internal to UW.

Behavioral Innovations Consultation Form

Database Design Management - Standing Meeting
  • Offered as a once-a-month “office hour” to provide study database design support to early-stage investigators (ESI). ESI can include MPH students or PhD students and can be from any department within UW.
  • Tailored workshop trainings in REDCap, ODK etc. to fit the needs of your desired didactic
  • Professional networking and connections for and within its listserv members
  • Monthly email updates — Listserv subscription link
  • Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Group Assist early stage investigators in securing funding, actively publishing, and otherwise advancing in their careers. We have a successful track record, with many members focused on applying for, completing, or transitioning off a K or other post-doctoral award. Interested investigators should send a biosketch or CV to
  • Quarterly Seminars
  • Workshop Series
  • Cross-core Collaborations
    • Administrative Core and Office of Community Engagement Seminar will host a nationally recognized researcher working in behavioral research and/or digital health. (annual)
    • Behavioral Innovations Symposium fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers and community members (annual)
    • Implementation Science Core Equity Seminar co-sponsored by BIC. (twice annually)

See our comparison of electronic data capture tools for research data. Objective: We developed this comparison table which features digital health technologies commonly used for electronic data capture to support researchers in making decisions about which tool is best suited for their project. Comparison of electronic data capture tools for research data

Survey Instruments

  • Social and Behavioral Instruments (SABI) (University of North Carolina)Open-access compilation of social and behavioral instruments for use in HIV research  
  • Survey Research Division (University of Washington)Provides support to help researchers collect data, assisting with design, recruitment and mode of collection, survey programming, data entry, and data management and reporting.
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS, Northwestern University)Provides over 300 measures of physical, mental, and social health for people living with a chronic condition, including separate measures for pediatric and adult populations. 
  • NIH Toolbox (NIH)An app with >100 validated measures for cognitive, sensory, motor, and emotional functions among people aged 3-85+. 
  • PhenX Toolkit (Research Triangle Institute International)Provides recommended standard data collection protocols for biomedical research and detailed study protocols for data collection. 

Data Sources: HIV, Epidemiology, and Surveillance

Data Collection Tools

Training and Other


Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH – Core Director, Provides expertise is in domestic PrEP implementation, telePrEP, and HIV testing technologies and strategies.

Deepa Rao, PhD, MA –  Associate Director, Professor Rao is a Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Scientist who has worked in stigma reduction and integrating mental health care programs in non-psychiatric settings.



Alison Drake, PhD, MPH Provides consultations on incorporating digital health technology for surveys or interventions, supports BIC ESI group, develops resources to promote and expedite digital data capture. ​​​

Brandon Guthrie, PhD, MPH – Develops and coordinates skills-building workshops and provides consultations and technical assistance to support investigators incorporating digital health platforms for data collection or intervention deployment.

David Katz, PhD, MPH – Provides content expertise in research accessibility for diverse populations and community partnerships. He manages incoming communication to direct BIC consults.

E. Roberto Orellana, PHD, MPH, MSW –  Supports trainees and trainee workshops and co-leads work with community partners to amplify community voices.

Keshet Ronen, PhD, MPH – Provides consultations on human-centered design and evaluation of digital behavioral interventions; supports BIC community partnerships

Wadiya Udell, PhD – Co-leads work with community partners to develop robust community-university collaborations.


Steering Committee 

Geetanjali Chandler, MD, MPH, FACP 

Susan Graham, MD, PhD, MPH

Mark Harniss, PhD  

Renee Heffron, PhD, MPH  

Ahoua Kone, JD, MPH  

Steven Sawyer

Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD

Andrew Trister MD, PhD

Allison Webel, PhD, FAAN  


Admin Support

Morgan Aurelio, DNP, ARNP-CNM

Ron Craig

Ron Craig, Fiscal and Program Specialist