Varun Mishra, Northeastern University

Varun Mishra


Assistant Professor

Public Health and Health Sciences

Research Interests

Ubiquitous computing; digital health; human-centered computing; personal health informatics


Dr. Mishra holds a joint appointment in the Khoury College of Computer Science and the Department of Health Sciences (Bouvé College of Health Sciences).

Dr. Mishra’s research focuses on leveraging ubiquitous technologies like smartphones and wearables to enable effective digital health interventions for mental and behavioral health outcomes. His research is in the broad field of Ubiquitous Computing and lies at the intersection of mobile/wearable sensing, human-centered computing, data science, and behavioral science. Dr. Mishra’s work is highly interdisciplinary, and he regularly collaborates with clinicians, psychologists, engineers, and other computer scientists to design, build, and deploy the tools and systems needed for their collective research goals.

Dr. Mishra received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH) in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth before joining Northeastern.

Selected Publications

Varun Mishra, Florian Künzler, Jan-Niklas Kramer, Elgar Fleisch, Tobias Kowatsch, and David Kotz. Jun. 2021, “Detecting Receptivity for mHealth Interventions in the Natural Environment,” Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. (IMWUT), vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1–24, DOI: 10.1145/3463492.

Kevin Koch, Varun Mishra, Shu Liu, Thomas Berger, Elgar Fleisch, David Kotz, and Felix Wortmann. Mar. 2021, “When Do Drivers Interact with In-vehicle Well-being Interventions? An Exploratory Analysis of a Longitudinal Study on Public Roads,” Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. (IMWUT), vol. 5, no. 1, DOI: 10.1145/3448116.

Simon Föll, Martin Maritsch, Federica Spinola, Varun Mishra, Filipe Barata, Tobias Kowatsch, Elgar Fleisch, and Felix Wortmann. 2021, “Flirt: A feature generation toolkit for wearable data,” Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, p. 106 461, DOI:

Varun Mishra, Sougata Sen, Grace Chen, Tian Hao, Jeffrey Rogers, Ching-Hua Chen, and David Kotz. Dec. 2020, “Evaluating the Reproducibility of Physiological Stress Detection Models,”Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. (IMWUT), vol. 4, no. 4, DOI: 10.1145/3432220.