Technology Applications

LARS is actively engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of internet-based education programs (IEPs). We have developing several cognitive-behavioral programs to reduce health care costs (utilization parameters) and also increase chronic illness disease management through improved knowledge, awareness, and self-efficacy. These programs utilize self-management strategies to improve disease awareness, impart information regarding treatment and prevention, and build skills that will improve health literacy and improve patient-provider communication.

In the past, we have worked closely with our clients to develop:

  • Alcohol education programs for elderly caretakers
  • Programs to improve care of children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Educational initiatives for hearing impaired elderly that have cochlear implants
  • Prevention programs targeting e-cigarette “vape” use among youth (delivered through CBOs)
  • Raising awareness of children’s dental hygiene targeting primarily African-American communities
  • Lupus awareness among community-based health educators serving Hispanic communities
  • Optimal disease management for youth living with pediatric rheumatic disorders
  • Drug prevention strategies for youth (and parents) delivered using CD-ROM and Internet-based.

These psychoeducational “e-health” programs use either the Internet or smartphone mobile applications that offer engaging interactive multimedia interventions to promote health and better self-care strategies. We work closely with our clients to obtain extramural funding through the Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) mechanism (Phase I and Phase II) obtained competitively through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).



Our work focuses primarily on the design aspects of the study and we also participate in intervention development. Our staff:

  • Provide solutions for automated algorithms and computerized randomization schemes
  • Develop protocols for subject recruitment, compensation, and retention
  • Develop intervention strategies and training materials
  • Conduct program evaluation (psychometric and statistical analysis)
  • Engage in dissemination (peer-review publications)
  • Issue final reports to the funding agency