Information technologies are ubiquitous: smartphone ownership is on the rise; wearables and mobile sensors record and monitor biological, behavioral, and contextual data; and electronic health records are a staple of healthcare. These technologies afford a means to deliver personalized interventions for a spectrum of health behaviors and overhaul our healthcare systems in areas of safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, and efficiency. More importantly, health technologies afford a means to reduce or exacerbate health disparities, which remain prevalent in the US despite significant strides to address them. Dr. El-Toukhy’s research is aimed at leveraging health information technologies to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. She pursues this goal through designing, implementing, and evaluating individual-and system-level interventions. El-Toukhy is a mixed methods scholar who conducts user experience, observational, and experimental studies; and randomized behavioral and biobehavioral trials using SMART, microrandomized, factorial, and hybrid designs. Her research falls under three domains:
- Health information technologies
- Cancer control and prevention
- Minority health and health disparities
Sherine El-Toukhy is an Earl Stadtman investigator and an NIH Distinguished Scholar in the Division of Intramural Research of The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Prior to joining NIMHD, she was an IRTA postdoctoral fellow in the Intramural Research Programs of The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and NIMHD. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Mass Communication where she also earned a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication. She holds a master's and bachelor's degrees in communication from Cairo University, Egypt.
Dr. El-Toukhy has a decade's worth of experience in health communication campaigns and interventions funded by national and international organizations such as the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Environment, UNICEF, and USAID. She is a recipient of several research awards including a visiting scholar award from Cairo University, Egypt; a William R. Kenan Jr. fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the 2013 Health Dissertation of the Year award from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association; and three top-paper awards. Her work has appeared in journals such as Pediatrics, Tobacco Control, and Preventive Medicine. Her research has been funded by The National Science Foundation and The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
- Chan C, Kamke K, Assuah F, El-Toukhy S. Dropout, response, and abstinence outcomes of a national text-messaging smoking cessation intervention for teens, SmokeFreeTeen. Transl Behav Med. 2021;11(3):764-771.
- Kamke K, Grenen E, Robinson C, El-Toukhy S. Dropout and Abstinence Outcomes in a National Text Messaging Smoking Cessation Intervention for Pregnant Women, SmokefreeMOM: Observational Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019;7(10):e14699.
- El-Toukhy S, Méndez A, Collins S, Pérez-Stable EJ. Barriers to Patient Portal Access and Use: Evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. J Am Board Fam Med. 2020;33(6):953-968.
- El-Toukhy S. Insights From the SmokeFree.gov Initiative Regarding the Use of Smoking Cessation Digital Platforms During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-sectional Trends Analysis Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021;23(3):e24593.
- Amato MS, El-Toukhy S, Abroms LC, Goodfellow H, Ramsey AT, Brown T, Jopling H, Khadjesari Z. Mining Electronic Health Records to Promote the Reach of Digital Interventions for Cancer Prevention Through Proactive Electronic Outreach: Protocol for the Mixed Methods OptiMine Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020;9(12):e23669.
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