Symposium on Complexity in Health & Wellness Behavior




Where: Burlington, Vermont USA
When: September 5-7, 2018


During this intensive three-day transdisciplinary professional education short course, we will explore the newest research that is being used to tackle issues related to complexity in human behavioral health. We will be looking at behavioral health systems from a complex systems perspective and explore the current methods and tools being used in behavioral health prediction and intervention, health and wellness data analytics, data collection, and digital health technology. We will see how behavior is a key mechanism for determining health outcomes from emerging pandemics to addiction. Yet there is no general tool to quantify behaviors in such a wide range of applications. This symposium will bring together a group to define and hopefully measure behavioral health.

Faculty for this course come from data analytics, medicine and behavioral health, complexity science, computer science, psychology, neuroscience, economics, biology, global public health, and biomedical engineering. During this program, you will be introduced to methods, tools, and theory currently being used to understand human wellness from a multi-scaled perspective.

Our professional education programs attract a diverse network of academics, business professionals, innovators, investors, government and health practitioners, regulators, and educators. Our programs challenge participants to think about global issues from a new perspective, to expand their network outside their normal fields, and seek solutions to real world data-rich problems informed by cutting-edge scientific research. No background in science or mathematics is required. We aim for this course to be an intimate experience, space is very limited and is available first-come-first-served.

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  • Symposium Faculty
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      Integrating behavioral and digital technology to promote health behavior

      Allison Kurti
      - University of Vermont, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health and Department of Psychiatry

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      Social media and mental health

      Chris Danforth -
      University of Vermont, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Flint Professor of Mathematical, Natural, and Technical Sciences; Member, The Vermont Complex Systems Center
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      Modeling Health Systems

      Joshua M. Epstein -
      Professor of Epidemiology, NYU
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      Behavioral economic principles that motivate health-related behavior change

      Diann E Gaalema -
      University of Vermont, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
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      Network Theory and the Unexpected Consequences of Behavior

      Laurent Hébert-Dufresne -
      Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Department of Computer Science; Member, The Vermont Complex Systems Center
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      The Ecology of Poverty: understanding the root causes of poverty and disease

      Matt Bonds - Matt is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Co-CEO and Co-Founder of PIVOT.
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      Science of Willpower - Neuroscience of Addiction and the Frontal Lobes

      Nicholas Allgaier
      - University of Vermont, Postdoctoral Associate in Psychiatry

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      Non-Opioid Chronic Pain Treatments

      Paula M. Gardiner, MD - Assistant Director for the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine
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      Happiness and the Hedonometer

      Peter Dodds -
      Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center
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      Obesity from a complex systems perspective

      Ross A. Hammond -
      Director - Center on Social Dynamics and Policy; Senior Fellow - Economic Studies
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      Wearable and mobile technologies for improving human health and performance

      Ryan McGinnis -
      Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Vermont

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      Sitting: A Public Health Emergency (and what to do about it)


      Turner Osler MD, FACS, MCs. -
      CEO and Founder of QOR360.

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      Additions to speaker list coming soon!

  • CME Information

    More information about CME credits will be coming soon!

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  • About Burlington
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    About Burlington:

    Burlington Vermont is a world-renowned tourist destination, the symposium is located in the state’s largest city on beautiful Lake Champlain.

    With views across the lake to the Adirondacks in the west and the Green Mountains in the east, Burlington is a locus of year-round outdoor activities, and a vibrant local food and small farm movement.

    Activities such as hiking, biking (the Colchester Causeway, stretching nearly four miles out into Lake Champlain toward the islands north of Burlington is very rewarding), kayaking, and touring the countryside and the many nearby mountains (Stowe and the Von Trapp Family Lodge are just 45 minutes away, the magical Northeast Kingdom just a little further) are all great local activities. The magnificent Shelburne Farms estate and the remarkable Shelburne Museum would make for wonderful excursions in days adjacent to the symposium.

    Burlington and the surrounding area are also home to many craft beer and hard cider breweries including Magic Hat, Switchback Brewery, and Citizen Cider, just to name a few.
  • Contact

    For any additional information, please contact:

    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    The Vermont Complex Systems Center
    juniper.lovato@uvm.edu