Lisa Marsch

Lisa Marsch, PhD

Principal Investigator of the Northeast Node
Director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health
Andrew G. Wallace Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Dr. Lisa A. Marsch is the Director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, a designated “Center of Excellence” supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

She is also the Director of the Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network, and the Andrew G. Wallace Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. And, she leads a national “Science of Behavior Change” initiative supported by the National Institutes of Health with partners at Dartmouth, Stanford, Arizona State University, Drexel, and MIT.

The Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH) is a national interdisciplinary Center housed at Dartmouth and includes affiliates within the Geisel School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, The Thayer School of Engineering, and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. CTBH also includes interdisciplinary partners across the U.S. and internationally.

This Center uses science to inform the development, evaluation, and sustainable implementation of technology-based tools (that leverage web, mobile, sensing and/or social media approaches) for behavior change targeting a wide array of populations and health behaviors. These tools are designed to deliver engaging and effective health monitoring and health behavior interventions and to collectively lead to transformations in the delivery of science-based health care.

In addition to directing this national Center, Dr. Marsch has personally been Principal Investigator on 35 grants, largely from the National Institutes of Health. She has led the development, evaluation and implementation of technology-based therapeutic tools for addiction treatment, HIV prevention, mental health, chronic pain management, substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, and obesity. Her work in technology and addiction treatment has been particularly pioneering, as she is widely recognized as having led the development of the most widely tested and evidence-based mobile intervention for addiction treatment.

She additionally maintains a priority focus on mentoring investigators, including junior faculty as well as students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Marsch publishes extensively and is a regular keynote speaker at national and international scientific meetings (including invited presentations at the White House, Congressional briefings, the World Bank, and for the US Surgeon General). She has served as a consultant to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization. She serves on the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. And, she serves on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee on Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use for the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator.

She also led the development of a recently-published seminal book from Oxford University Press on the state of the science of leveraging technologies in transforming behavioral health care.