Dr. Ahern is the Director of the Digital Behavioral Health & Informatics Research Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School.
Over his 35-year career, Dr. Ahern has focused on the intersection of informatics and behavioral science to improve health and healthcare. He was National Program Director for the Health e-Technologies Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002-2009 where he managed a technology research portfolio of 26 grants promoting the use of technology for health behavior change and chronic disease management. He has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and technical reports.
In 2013, Dr. Ahern began a detail to the National Cancer Institute whereby he served as a special advisor on health information technology (HIT) to the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. During his tenure at NCI, he has co-edited a book entitled Oncology Informatics published by Elsevier and co-facilitated the President’s Cancer Panel workshop series on Connected Health, with release of the final report to President Obama in November 2016. In 2017, Dr. Ahern began a detail with Connect2Health Task Force of the Federal Communications Commission. In that role he serves as Co-Chair of the L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking & Amplifying User Centered Networks for Connected Health) Initiative which is a public-private partnership to co-create patient-centered technologies for cancer symptom management in rural and underserved communities