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Frank A Treiber PhD

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Frank Treiber, PhD is a Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). He was the founding Director of TACHL (8/10-4/18).He received his BS in Psychology from Tennessee Technological University and his MS and PhD degrees in Developmental Psychology from the University of Georgia.  He completed Post- Doctoral Fellowship training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia and an APA approved Psychology Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.Dr. Treiber began his academic career at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in 1984 as a clinical child psychologist.  He was involved in the development and eventually became the Director of MCG’s Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI). The GPI conducted innovative research addressing health disparities in chronic diseases impacting Americans, especially hypertension and type 2 diabetes. In 2005, MCG named Dr. Treiber Vice President for Research and Development. He held that position until joining MUSC.


Dr. Treiber’s research included  longitudinal studies identifying contributions of environmental stress in concert with underlying  stress activated genetic pathways in the development of chronic diseases, especially hypertension . Findings from these studies helped in formulation of patient centered, cognitive behavioral lifestyle behavior primary prevention programs (e.g., stress reduction, physical activity ). He is best known for use of technology in the remote monitoring of physiological functioning, cognitive and affective states and delivery of tailored technology enabled cognitive behavioral interventions designed to prevent or delay disease onset .Over the last decade he has also focused upon development of patient and healthcare provider centered mobile health technology programs to facilitate patients’ sustained  self management of their medical regimens .


Dr. Treiber has had continuous extramural funding from the NIH as a PI since 1988.  He has published more than 225 peer reviewed research articles. He has been PI on 23 NIH grants (20 RO1s) and CO-I on 20 (13 RO1s). He is currently  PI /CO-PI on 2 NIH RO1s and CO-I on another 5 NIH awards. He has successfully mentored a number of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Among these individuals, 4 MD/PhDs, 8 MDs and 8 PhDs have subsequently received extramural funding as PIs on NIH RO1s /R21s .Many of these individuals began with first receiving NIH K Awards. He is currently a CO-Mentor on 5 NIH K Awards. His research accomplishments have been recognized by the scientific community by his election to membership in the Society of Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine. He also attained fellow status in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He has served on various NIH review sections and working groups, and has served on the external advisory boards of multiple NIH funded research programs.


Keywords: mHealth, telehealth, medical regimen adherence, stress reduction, user centered design