BehaviorSpace (formerly CARE) was conceived in 2004 by a team of learning experts, technical experts, and medical researchers who shared a passion for applying technology to reduce risky behaviors and improve adherence to medication protocols for HIV-Pos patients. Their affordable, easy-to-use solution, BehaviorSpace HIV-Pos Mentor, is designed to be accessible to a broad range of patients regardless of language, culture, or background.
Our team includes top researchers, seasoned executives, expert systems designers, and developers.
Freya Spielberg, MD, MPH
Freya Spielberg partnered with Ann Kurth to conceptualize the BehaviorSpace tool and design its computerized behavioral interventions. Together, they have led multiple evaluations of the tool, in the US and internationally, that have shown its impact on risk reduction and medication adherence.
Most recently, in the US Dr. Spielberg developed a research agenda to improve the health of urban underserved populations through web-based home counseling and testing services. In India and Bangladesh she launched HealthBox, a program to provide mobile tools to health workers to increase the quality and scope of the health care that they provide to include full health assessments, guided point-of-care testing, targeted counseling, and critical referrals.
Currently Dr. Spielberg has a $23.8 million CMS Innovations award to impact the HIV and STI epidemics in Washington, DC. She is developing an integrated IT system that connects patients, community health workers, and health care providers to optimize the HIV/STI prevention-to-care continuum. The program will use mobile health tools to provide patients with education and counseling, home testing for early detection, and triggers to notify community health workers when a patient needs support overcoming barriers to care. Dr. Spielberg is building a multidisciplinary research and education center that will bring together faculty, community leaders, fellows, students, and patients to design health innovations that will improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction while lowering health care costs and eliminating health disparities.
In 2018, Freya will become the inaugural Chief of Family Medicine at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas in Austin.
- George Washington University (current)
- Director of Community Oriented Primary Care, Department of Prevention and Community Health
- Associate Professor, School of Medicine
- Director of Research and Evaluation, Rodham Institute, Department of Medicine
- Family Medicine Physician
- Senior Health Scientist, Center for Advancement of Health IT, RTI International
- Director of Research Mentorship, Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center
- University of Washington School of Medicine
- Faculty, Family Medicine Department
- Faculty, Center for AIDS Research
- Rainer Arnhold-training social entrepreneur
Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, FAAN
Dr. Kurth is Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at New York University (NYU). At NYU College of Nursing she is the founder and Executive Director of NYUCN Global, and she holds the inaugural Paulette Goddard Chair in Global Health Nursing. She is Associate Dean for Research at the NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), and Professor of Medicine in the NYU Department of Population Health. Dr. Kurth is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and at the UW Department of Global Health. As of fall 2015, Dr. Kurth is Dean-designate of the Yale University School of Nursing, and will assume full-time duties as Dean of the School of Nursing in January 2016.
An epidemiologist and clinically trained nurse-midwife Dr. Kurth focuses on HIV/sexual and reproductive health, prevention, screening, and care, as well as on global health system-strengthening, using information and communication technologies (among other approaches) for health-intervention implementation and workforce training. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally. Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, among others; and she has reviewed for the NIH as a standing study section member.
Dr. Kurth has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs, and she edited one of the first books published on women and HIV (Until the Cure, Yale Univ. Press, 1993). She regularly reviews for nursing, medical, and public health journals. Dr. Kurth received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Washington, a MSN in nurse-midwifery from Yale University (RN, CNM), and an MPH in population and family health from Columbia University. Ann’s undergraduate work was done at Princeton University (AB magna cum laude).
Dr. Kurth was a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science Committee on PEPFAR Evaluation (report to Congress 2/2013), where she led the Health System Strengthening workgroup. She has received awards for her science and leadership, including the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the global nursing honor society. Dr. Kurth is a board member and Treasurer of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Kurth was elected as a Fellow to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2013. She is a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force.
The BehaviorSpace Team
Jim Larkin, CEO
Jim is the driving force behind the development of BehaviorSpace, and a seasoned executive and entrepreneur. For decades, he has specialized in technology and learning, the social aspects of technology, and technology and public health.
Jim’s passion for learning and technology took shape during an early role as a social science researcher at Brown University’s Institute for Research and Information in Scholarship (IRIS). As part of an interdisciplinary team researching technology and learning, Jim worked on a hypermedia system that was a forerunner of the Web.
Resources Online is a content and technology consultancy that has completed thousands of successful projects for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits.
Bob Boiko, Chief Technologist
Bob is the chief architect of the CARE system. Recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of content management, he has more than 25 years of experience designing and building web, hypertext, and multimedia systems, and tools. He counts among his technology clients such industry leaders as Microsoft, Motorola, and Boeing. He is known internationally for his lectures and workshops and has sat on many advisory boards.
Metatorial Services is a microconsultancy specializing in content and information-management strategy and design. With a broad range of commercial, governmental, and nonprofit clients, Metatorial Services has worked on just about every aspect of information management.
- Founder and president, Metatorial Services
- Faculty, Information School, University of Washington
- EContent 100 Award for leadership in content management, 2006
- Author, Laughing at the CIO: A Parable and Prescription for IT Leadership, Information Today, Inc. 2007
- Author, The Content Management Bible, Wiley, 2004
Neicole Crepeau, Marketing Director
Neicole always has the customer at heart. She started as a technical writer, explaining to customers how to use products. Then, she added usability and user-experience to her bag of tricks. Always interested in learning new industries and skills, she eventually expanded into marketing and has spent the last fifteen years doing marketing and related activities.
Neicole has worked on B2B and B2C products at small companies and startups as well as larger companies like Microsoft. Regardless of the product, service, or industry, she looks for solutions that capitalize on the sweet spot where customer needs and business goals align. .
Neicole has worked on BehaviorSpace for several years, helping to define the audience who can most benefit from the product and developing methods and means to communicate the immense benefits of this ground-breaking tool. Working on the BehaviorSpace team allows her to combine her passion for improving the world with her career skills—which makes for a great job!
Karen Schlosser, Program Manager
Karen began her career as a designer, animator, and technical illustrator. With the rise of the internet, she began designing and architecting websites for a variety of clients, in industries as diverse as pest control, logistics, software, marketing, and education.
Karen served as webmaster at Cascadia Community College during its early years, redesigning the public-facing website, developing an intranet for students, faculty, and staff, and managing student workers. After managing updates on the vast TechNet website, she spent several years as a production manager on Microsoft.com and several of its marketing websites.
After taking over project management for BehaviorSpace in 2015, Karen managed the effort to streamline the content for HIV-Positive individuals into a subscription-based version of BehaviorSpace HIV-Pos Mentor, making it available at low cost to state and community organizations that serve HIV-positive and AIDs patients.
More recently, Karen worked closely with behavioral health researchers at Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health) to develop an accredited, state-mandated, 6-hour suicide prevention training course built on the BehaviorSpace platform, including video testimonials by medical professionals and a video series demonstrating the recommended approach for assessing and treating a patient who presents depressive symptoms.
Andres Camacho, Lead Developer
Andres is responsible for developing the backend architecture and integrations of the BehaviorSpace platform. A creative problem-solver, Andres has seen the platform through two major versions over 5 years, including a custom integration for a Medicare/Medicaid-funded project; development of the clinical platform as a SaaS offering for clinics and health organizations; and development of the platform for Kaiser Permanente as the most widely-used free suicide prevention training for clinicians.
David Thomas, Test Lead
Since joining the team in 2004, David has tested more than a dozen versions of BehaviorSpace and BehaviorSpace apps. He has also authored numerous BehaviorSpace apps and demos, and is responsible for all digital media, including narration, instructional animations, videos, and graphics.
David has also contributed testing and digital media to hundreds of other projects, including videos and websites for Resources Online clients, the UN ICTR Case Law Library, Microsoft websites, and more.
Before joining BehaviorSpace and Resources Online, David was QA Engineer at Adobe, testing PageMaker software, and at Microsoft, testing Visio.
David has aBA in Psychology and an Associates degree in Animation.