I am an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research interests include improving the development, evidence base, and use of digital health technologies to understand social determinants of health and improve health outcomes. I am deeply passionate about the use of data to inform public health policy, and am an active science communicator working to help scientists communicate their science. You can follow me on twitter: @bethlinas
I completed my post doctoral training and graduate degrees (Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Masters of Health Science (MHS)) in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health . As an undergraduate at Brandeis University (BS, BA) I studied Science Policy and Biochemistry.
Currently, I serve as an Epidemiologist and Lead Public Health Specialist with MITRE, working to implement health informatics and digital health products across the federal government. Previously, I was the Manager of Research and Science at the health technology company selected by the National Institutes of Health to lead the Participant Technology Systems Center for the ground breaking All of Us Research Program. From 2015-207, I served as a Science and Technology Policy fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where I supported computer science and engineering researchers to improve health with the Smart and Connected Health Program at the National Science Foundation.
While a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, I developed a passion for science communication and created, produced, and oversaw all production of the Sci on the Fly Podcast whose goal is the promotion of a public dialogue around science and science policy for the public by scientists.
Utilizing novel digital health methods (ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and ecological momentary interventions (EMI)), my research examined the realtime social, behavioral and environmental patterns of individuals at risk for acquiring HIV. I have examined risk factors relating to drug use among chronic drug users and sexual risk taking behaviors among men who have sex with men. In addition to my own research, I consult on studies interested in using digital health methods for data collection and analysis in a variety of populations. As an Epidemiologist, I am experienced in the development, design, implantation and analytic methods of social behavioral research and have worked with feasibility, behavioral and surveillance data, as well as with large cohort studies.
Peer Review Publications
Linas BS, Genz A, Westergaard RP, Chang LW, Bollinger RC, Latkin C, Kirk GD. Ecological Momentary Assessment of Illicit Drug Use Compared to Biological and Self-Reported Methods. Journal for Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth. 2016; 4(1):e27, doi:10.2196/mhealth.4470
Linas BS, Latkin C, Westergaard RP, et al. Capturing illicit drug use where and when it happens: an ecological momentary assessment of the social, physical and activity environment of using versus craving illicit drugs. Addiction. 2015; 110: 315–325. doi: 10.1111/add.12768.
Linas BS, Latkin C, Genz A, Westergaard RP, Chang LW, Bollinger RC, Kirk GD. Utilizing mHealth Methods to Identify Patterns of High Risk Illicit Drug Use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2015; 151, 250-7, doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.03.031
Yang C, Linas BS, Kirk GD, Bollinger RC, Chang LW, Chander G, Siconolfi D, Braxton S, Rudolph A, Latkin C. Feasibility and acceptability of ecological momentary assessment of alcohol use among African American men who have sex with men in Baltimore. The Journal for Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth. 2015; 3(2), e67. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4344
Genz A, Kirk GD, Piggott D, Mehta S, Linas BS, Westergaard, RP. Uptake and Acceptability of Information and Communication Technology in a Community-Based Cohort of People Who Inject Drugs: Implications for Mobile Health interventions. The Journal for Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth 2015; 3(2): e70. doi: 10.2196/mHealth3437
Kirk GD, Linas BS, Westergaard RP, Piggott D, Bollinger RC, Chang LW, Genz A. The Exposure Assessment in Current Time (EXACT) Study: Implementation, Feasibility and Acceptability of Real-Time Data Collection in a Community Cohort of Illicit Drug Users. AIDS Research and Treatment, 2013 Article ID 594671, 10 pages. doi: 10.1155/2013/594671
Davey-Rothwell M, Linas BS, Latkin C. Sources of personal income and HIV risk among sexually active women. AIDS Education and Prevention, 2012 24(5): 422–430. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2012.24.5.422