JP Onnela
Associate Professor

JP Onnela

Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Biostatistics

onnela@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Positions

Co-Director, Health Data Science Master's Program

Biostatistics

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Overview

My research involves two interrelated research themes. In statistical network science, the study of network representations of physical, biological, and social phenomena, we develop quantitative methods for studying social and biological networks and their connection to health. In digital phenotyping, a concept we have introduced as "the moment-by-moment quantification of the individual-level human phenotype in situ using data from personal digital devices, in particular smartphones," we develop quantitative methods for studying social, behavioral, and cognitive phenotypes. Our focus in both statistical network science and digital phenotyping is development of new statistical and quantitative methods, but we also co-lead or support several applied studies ranging from central nervous system disorders to women's health. My group has developed and maintains the open source Beiwe research platform for high-throughput smartphone-based digital phenotyping. Please see the lab's webpage for more details.

Education
I joined the Department of Biostatistics in 2011. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. I obtained my doctorate at the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 2006, where my dissertation received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the university. I received NIH Director's New Innovator Award in 2013 for the Digital Phenotyping project.


Bibliography

Correction: The AURORA Study: a longitudinal, multimodal library of brain biology and function after traumatic stress exposure.

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Mol Psychiatry. 2021 Jul. 26(7):3658. PMID: 32989243


News

New 'How We Feel' app aims to improve COVID-19 response

April 3, 2020—A new app called “How We Feel” developed by an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers, including Xihong Lin, Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Christine Tedijanto, and Yonatan Grad of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, could help researchers…

Gaining insight into women's health

Could an app help scientists better understand menstruation, fertility, and menopause? On the latest episode of This Week in Health, Shruthi Mahalingaiah and JP Onnela talk about the groundbreaking Apple Women’s Health Study. Shruthi Mahalingaiah, an assistant professor of environmental, reproductive, and…