Holly Jimison, Ph.D

Professor of the Practice

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Office: 910 177

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617.373.2381

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PhD in Medical Information Sciences, Stanford University
BS in Mathematics, University of Illinois

Research Interests

Health informatics, medical decision making, computational models, health coaching, ethics, health disparities, aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury


Holly B. Jimison is Professor of Practice in both the Department of Health Sciences and in the College of Computer & Information. She directs the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to facilitate research in the area of home monitoring of health behaviors, including helping researchers address the challenges of big data related to large amounts of complex and noisy streaming data from multiple sources used to infer clinically relevant health behaviors. Specifically, she has led efforts to bring shareable coaching technologies and sensor data management systems to support our NUCare Center’s research in Northeastern’s School of Nursing and in our LiveWell RERC for patients with traumatic brain injury.

Prior to joining Northeastern, she was on leave from Oregon Health & Science University to serve as a technology advisor for the Big Data Initiative for Monitoring Health Behaviors at Home and in the Environment at the National Institutes of Health. Her earlier work as medical informatics faculty at OHSU focused on technology for successful aging and scalable remote care. She served on the Executive Board of the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology and was past president of Oregon’s Health Information Management Systems Society Chapter.

As a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Professor Jimison has made significant contributions to the field of biomedical informatics in the areas of pattern recognition, decision support, and personal health informatics. She continues with research on technology for successful aging and scalable remote care for older adults, including models for tailoring interventions in cognitive exercise, physical exercise, socialization, and sleep management using new behavioral metrics derived from monitoring data.

Selected Publications

Jimison HB, Shapiro M, Pavel M. Adaptive Health Coaching Technology for Tailored Interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2761. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052761

Cronin RM, Jimison HB, Johnson KB, Personal Health Informatics, Chapter 11 in Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Fifth Edition, Ed., Shortliffe EH, Cimino JJ, Chiang MF. (2021)
Jimison HB and Gordon CM. Decision Support for Patients, Chapter in Clinical Decision Support Sytems: Theory and Practice, ed. Berner ES. Springer International Publications (2016).

HB Jimison and M Pavel, Real-Time Measures of Context to Improve Fall-Detection Models. Proceedings of the 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando, FL, August 2016.

Jimison H, Gorman P, Woods S, Nygren P, Walker M, Norris S, Hersh W. Barriers and Drivers of Health Information Technology Use for the Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Underserved. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 175 (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). November 2008.

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics
National Library of Medicine Training Fellow

Community Service

  • Associate Editor, Engineering in Medicine & Biology Conference, 2018-present
  • Executive Board for the American College of Medical Informatics, 2016-present
  • Program Chair, Fourth ASE International Conference on Big Data, Harvard University, 2014
  • Technology Advisor to NIH’s Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research (2011-2013)
  • Executive Committee for Oregon Center for Aging & Technology

Courses Taught

HINF 6400 Introduction to Health Data Analytics
HINF 5301 Evaluation of Personal Health Technologies


Holly Jimison, PhD, FACMI was elected to the Executive Board of the American College of Medical Informatics. ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field. Dr. Jimison is Professor of Practice in both the College of Computer & Information Science and the Bouvé college of Health Sciences, conducting research in the field of Personal Health Informatics.

Northeastern is part of a new NIA-funded Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a large center grant ($4,057,554) to facilitate research to improve successful aging in place and the care of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease using state-of-the-art technology and computational modeling approaches. The new Center will support pilot projects from new investigators with funding, mentoring, and access to shared resources. The goal will be to develop new innovative approaches to care for the aging that are scalable, cost-effective and contribute to improved quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. The multidisciplinary initiative spans UMass Amherst (lead organization), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brandeis University, as well as Northeastern University. Holly Jimison, faculty in Health Sciences and Computer Sciences, will direct the Stakeholder Engagement Core and support the Clinical Validation and Translation Core for the Center. Misha Pavel, also faculty in Health Sciences and computer Sciences, will support the Technology Identification and Training Core and the Networking and Mentoring Core. Bouve Dean Carmen Sceppa will serve on the Center’s Stakeholder Advisory Board.