Symposium on Complexity in Health & Wellness Behavior

  • Agenda
    Wednesday 5 September
    Peter Dodds, Happiness and the Hedonometer
    Participant Introductions
    Chris Danforth, Social media and mental health
    Working Groups
    Nicholas Allgaier - Science of Willpower - Neuroscience of Addiction and the Frontal Lobes
    Welcome Reception upstairs balcony - Echo Center Aquarium
    (optional avocational fun) Drinks at Foam Brewery
  • Logistics
    Symposium Location:
    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
    1 College St
    Vermont 05401

    Symposium Organizer
    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    UVM Complex Systems Center

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    • General: Early Bird $2,403 (After Early Bird: $2,603)
    • Academic, Non-profit, Government: Early Bird $1,363 (After Early Bird: $1,563)
    • Student/Educator/UVM Affiliates: Early Bird $843 (After Early Bird: $1,043)
    • A limited number of free slots will be given to UVM students and faculty on a first-come-first-served basis, please contact for more details

    Early Bird pricing ends July 20, 2018

    We aim for this course to be an intimate experience, space is very limited and is available first-come-first-served.

    A limited number of partial waivers will be given on the basis of merit and need (please contact


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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!

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    Symposium Organizer

    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    UVM Complex Systems Center

  • Participants
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    • Aaron Schwartz, University of Vermont
    • Akintujoye Michael Adegoke, Institution of Management Study
    • Asia Walker
    • Benjamin Wiggins, University of Vermont
    • Brad Palmer, University of Vermont
    • Danne Elbers, Graduate Student, UVM Complex Systems Center
    • Donna Rizzo, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont
    • Gisele Nikuze, Public Health Professional, Rwanda
    • Ines Evangelique Kezimana, Chemonics international
    • Jane Adams, The Vermont Complex Systems Center
    • Jeannine Valcour, Gund Institute for Environment
    • Jeremy Matt, University of Vermont
    • Kelly Gothard, UVM Undergraduate Data Science Student
    • Lindsay Van Leir, UVM College of Medicine
    • Marc Maier, MassMutual
    • Matthew Price, University of Vermont
    • Nick Cheney, University of Vermont
    • Paige Hamilton, UVM Biomedical Engineering Student
    • Reza Sadeghi, Kno.e.sis Research Center, Wright State University
    • Sridhar Viswanathan, University of Vermont, Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families

  • Further Reading
    • The effect of a prudent adaptive behaviour on disease transmission. Samuel V. Scarpino, Antoine Allard and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Nature Physics 12, 1042-1046 (2016) [Full-Text] [arXiv]
    • Instagram photos reveal predictive markers of depression. Chris Danforth, Andrew G. Reece. EPJ Data Science, 2017. [Full-Text] [arXiv]
    • Forecasting the onset and course of mental illness with Twitter data. Scientific Reports, Andrew G. Reece, Chris Danforth, Andy Reagan, Katharina L. M. Lix, Peter Sheridan Dodds, Ellen Langer. 2017. [Full-Text] [arXiv]
    • Happiness and the Patterns of Life: A Study of Geolocated Tweets. Chris Danforth, Lewis Mitchell, Morgan Frank, Peter Sheridan Dodds. Nature Scientific Reports, 2625, 3, 2013. [Full-Text] [arXiv]
    • Kurti AN, Davis D, Skelly JM, Redner, R, Higgins ST. Comparison of nicotine dependence indicators in predicting quitting among pregnant smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2016 Feb;24(1):12-7. PMCID: PMC4822339. [Journal Link]
    • Kurti AN, Davis DR, Redner R, Jarvis BP, Zvorsky I, Keith DR, Bolivar HA, White TJ, Rippberger P, Markesich C, Atwood G, Higgins ST. A Review of the Literature on Remote Monitoring technology in incentive-based interventions for health-related behavior change. Transl Issues Psychol Sci. 2016 Jun;2(2):128-152. PMCID: PMC5074560. [Journal Link]
    • Kurti AN, Logan H, Manini T, Dallery J. Physical activity behavior, barriers to physical activity, and opinions about a smartphone-based physical activity intervention among rural residents. Telemed J eHealth. 2015 Jan;21 (1):16-23. PMCID: PMC4346555. [Journal Link]
    • Geographic Variations in Cardiac Rehabilitation Use: Regional Variations in Medical Care or in Patient Behaviors? Ades PA, Gaalema DE. Circulation. 2018 May 1;137(18):1909-1911. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.033255.PMID: 29712695. [Journal Link]
    • Addiction Potential of Cigarettes With Reduced Nicotine Content in Populations With Psychiatric Disorders and Other Vulnerabilities to Tobacco Addiction. Higgins ST, Heil SH, Sigmon SC, Tidey JW, Gaalema DE, et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 1;74(10):1056-1064. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.2355. PMID: 28832876. [Journal Link]
    • Epidemic Cycles Driven by Host Behavior. Benjamin M. Althouse and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne. J. R. Soc. Interface 11 20140575 (2014). [Journal Link]
    • Poverty trap formed by the ecology of infectious diseases. MH Bonds, DC Keenan, P Rohani, JD Sachs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 277 - 2010. [Journal Link]
    • Poverty, Disease, and the Ecology of Complex Systems. CN Ngonghala, MM Plucinski, MB Murray, PE Farmer, CB Barrett, Donald C. Keenan, Matthew H. Bonds. PLoS Biology 12 (4), e1001827. - 2014. [Journal Link]
    • Universal behavior in a generalized model of contagion. PS Dodds, DJ Watts Physical Review Letters 92 (21), 218701 - 2004. [Journal Link]
    • The economic impact of obesity in the United States. Ross A Hammond and Ruth Levine. PMC PMC3047996. 2010. [Journal Link]
    • Smart food policies for obesity prevention. Dr. Corinna Hawkes PhD, Trenton G Smith PhD, Jo Jewell MSc, Prof Jane Wardlec, Ross A Hammond PhD, Prof Sharon Friel, Anne Marie Thow PhD , Juliana Kain MPH. [Journal Link]
    • RS, McGinnis, EW, Muzik, M, Hruschak, J, Lopex-Duran, NL, Perkins, NC, Fitzgerald, K, Rosenblum, K. Movements indicate threat response phases in children at-risk for anxiety. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics: (2017) 21, 1460-1465. [Journal Link]
    • McGinnis, RS, Hough, J, Perkins, NC. Accuracy of wearable sensors for estimating joint reactions. ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics: (2017) 12, 041010. [Journal Link]
  • Restaurant Guide
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    • Hen of the Wood - Farm to Table - 55 Cherry Street Burlington Vermont M-SU 5-10PM. Reservations suggested. $$$
    • Honey Road - Middle Eastern Cuisine - 156 Church St Burlington, VT 05401 M-SU 4-9PM. Reservations suggested. $$
    • Four Corners of the Earth - Amazing Gourmet Sandwiches - 310 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401 TH-S 12-10PM SU 12-6 M12-4PM. $$
    • Monarch & the Milkweed - Cocktails, Brunch and Bakery - M-SU 8AM-11PM. $$
    • Juniper Bar & Restaurant - American Cuisine - 41 Cherry St Burlington, VT 05401 M-SU 7AM-2PM 5-10PM. $$
    • Misery Loves Company - Cocktails and Farm to Table Cuisine. 46 Main St Winooski, VT 05404. T-F 3-10PM S 10AM-10PM SU 10SM-2PM. $$


    • Zero Gravity - Brewery - 716 Pine St Burlington, VT 05401 SU-TH 12-9PM F-S 12-10PM
    • Foam - Brewery - 112 Lake St Burlington, VT 05401 M-TH 12-9PM S-SU 12-11PM SU 12-7PM
    • Switchback - Brewery - 160 Flynn Ave Burlington, VT 05406 M-S 11AM-8PM SU 11am-7PM
    • Magic Hat - Brewery - 5 Bartlett Bay Rd South Burlington, VT 05403 M-S 11AM-7PM SU 12-5PM

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