Create software and information systems for mobile smart phones, iPad®/tablet technologies, web based computer assisted programs, and interactive call centers.
We'll foster economic growth to the state via commercialization of new technology products and development/recruitment of companies involved in various aspects of software and systems technology development and program delivery.
Our focus is the development of effective, cost-efficient lifestyle intervention and healthcare management programs that are highly personalized and relevant.
Routinely we provide mentorship to junior investigators who are seeking exploratory or career development awards.
Provide the infrastructure to conduct the hardware creation, software development, deployment and maintenance of applications in a secure encrypted environment.
We're engaged in multi-disciplinary research with scientists at MUSC, University of South Carolina and Clemson University.
Dr. Treiber was recruited to MUSC in 2010 as the founding Director of Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL).
Frank Treiber, Ph.D. Is a South Carolina Smart State/Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Research Chair, Professor of Nursing and Medicine. Dr. Treiber was recruited to MUSC in 2010 as the founding Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). He is also the Director of the MUSC’s CTSA Technology Services Core.
He is a clinical psychologist whose academic career has been devoted to identifying biobehavioral contributors to the racial/ethnicity based disparities observed in cardiovascular diseases and type two diabetes. He has used these findings to guide the development and implementation of behavioral change interventions to help prevent early onset of these diseases and to help individuals with established CVD and/or type two diabetes manage their conditions more effectively. His research has included use of various technologies to remotely monitor individuals' physiological states (e.g., blood pressure, cardiac output, blood sugar, etc.), lifestyle behaviors (e.g., physical activity, smoking, food intake, etc.) and self-perception /affective states (e.g., anxiety, anger, stress, etc.) in their natural environments.
Over the past several years his work has capitalized upon advances in digital technologies and medical devices which now enable health care providers to remain informed in near real time as to patients’ functioning and their therapeutic needs. His current research involves development of patient and healthcare provider centered, theory guided, mobile health technology solutions for prevention and management of chronic diseases. He is principal investigator on 3 mHealth technology NIH grants, Co-Investigator on 3 other mHealth based NIH grants and mentor/co-mentor on 4 K Awards. He has published over 225 peer reviewed publications and has had 30 consecutive years of extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).He has served on numerous scientific review committees and working groups for the NIH, American Heart Association and other funding agencies.
Ken Ruggiero, PhD, is the Co-Director and Professor of Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles(TACHL).
Ken Ruggiero, PhD, is Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL), as well as Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program.
He received his BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and MA and PhD from West Virginia University, and completed his internship and NIMH postdoc at MUSC.
Dr. Ruggiero’s research centers on the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions. Most of his early research focused on brief, web-based self-help interventions for individuals affected by traumatic events.
Over time, this work evolved into the use and evaluation of wholly technology based stepped care approaches for victims of disaster and serious injury. He is PI on an active NIH grant (through 2020) to
conduct a randomized controlled trial of a stepped-care smartphone-based intervention for disaster survivors in partnership with the American Red Cross; as well as Co-PI on an active Duke Endowment grant (through 2020)
to adapt and implement the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program in three partnering trauma centers across South Carolina. A second major line of research focuses on the development and evaluation of tablet-based resources
to improve quality of care in child mental health treatment. This work aims specifically to improve child engagement and provider fidelity in delivery of best practices. He is PI on an active R01 (through 2021) to conduct a randomized
controlled trial examining tablet-facilitated vs. standard evidence-based treatment with 120 providers and 360 families. Dr. Ruggiero has had continuous extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2001.
He has led as PI five NIH, four VA, and five Department of Homeland Securities grants, and has served as Co-I on numerous grants funded by DoD, NIDA, and SAMHSA. He has over 160 scholarly publications and 200 presentations, a
high percentage of which were led by former interns, postdocs, and junior faculty members whom he has mentored. He was recently awarded the inaugural 2017 MUSC Population Health Award. He is a standing member of an NIMH review panel,
and serves on four editorial boards. He has served as a formal mentor on NIAAA and NIMH T32s, an NIH F32, two NIMH R25s, an NIMH minority fellowship supplement, and NIH K23 and VA career development awards.
Sachin Patel, MSc is the Director of TACHL Systems Architecture and a research instructor.
Sachin K. Patel, MSc is a research instructor and the Director of TACHL Systems Architecture. Mr Patel joined the TACHL center in January, 2012. Mr Patel is the senior programmer and database administrator for TACHL. Mr. Patel has a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, a MSc in Bioinformatics from Oxford University and has obtained professional certification in Oracle and Microsoft database administration.
He was a systems analyst for the Center for Biotechnology & Genomic Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University from 2005-2009. He then went to the private sector where he was a software developer and database administrator for TaxSlayer.com where he oversaw the efficiency of a high throughput, n-tiered data architecture. He has knowledge and comprehension in working with Bluetooth technologies, RFID, machine language protocols and mobile smart phone technologies using IOS and android program formats.
Mr Patel served as a consultant for TACHL in 2011 leading development of android software applications and programming to facilitate data transfer from various remote monitoring devices to a secure n-tired server system where feedback graphs, charts and summary reports are generated and forwarded back to users via smart phone applications. Since joining MUSC in January, 2012 he has further enhanced our data management and software programs which process, store, retrieve and integrate data. He has worked on several other clinical studies in development and management of relational data sets involving mHealth technology applications.
Bill brings 30+ years of experience working in the technology industry, his primary duties will consist of database management.
Bill brings 30+ years of experience working in the technology industry. His experience encompasses everything from full lifecycle software development and implementation to consulting services. He has designed and developed applications for the health care industry, banking entities, emergency response and digital media marketplaces.
Bill’s primary focus has been to offer vision and a strategic approach to a work environment by harnessing current technology to maximize efficiencies and advance the entity’s mission.
In addition to gaining years of experience in staff positions, Bill draws from his experience working as an independent consultant, having successfully owned and operated several consulting firms, both in the Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC regions.
He has successfully worked in large organizations (Piedmont Natural Gas, Novant Health, and Transamerica Reinsurance) and in medium to small-sized companies (HEPACO, Inc., Source Data, MedFax, American Media Services Interactive, and New Point Systems) to name a few.
Jameson Burroughs is a software developer for TACHL, his main duties will consist of mobile app development.
Jameson holds a BS in Computer Science from the College of Charleston (2017).
Guilherme Costa is a software developer for TACHL, his main duties will consist of mobile app development.
Guilherme Costa graduated from the College of Charleston with a major in Computer Science in 2017.
Guilherme joined the Technology Applications Center for Health Lifestyles (TACHL) as a Student Programmer Intern in January of 2017.
His intentions are to learn new technologies and programming languages to improve himself.
Bernard Jansen is the Senior Technology Consultant for College of Nursing. Bernard manages/direct College of Nursing project development, project design, and operation.
Bernard Jansen is the Senior Technology Consultant for the College of Nursing, he has been part of the College of Nursing
since 2009. Bernard Jansen has a B.S. in Management of Information System from the University of Akron, and a M.S. In Project Management from the The Citadel.
Currently holds a certification in Project Management from the PMI Institue (PMP number: 1680691).
Bernard Jansen manages/directs the College of Nursing Technology Center (NTC) to include staff supervision, project development, project design, and operation.
Managing College of Nursing(CON) educational needs across all programs (BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD). To provide competent advice, management, and planning for future CON Nursing Technology Center projects (telecommunications, data processing, educational, etc.). Web and database server administration for the College of Nursing and Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). Web updates of CON materials, assists CON web designer with basic web updates, assists with basic photo and video editing, and production design. Including providing level 2+ technical support.
Andrew Matthews is a Systems Programmer for College of Nursing. His primary duties include web and mobile development and project management.
Andrew Matthews is a Systems Programmer I for the College of Nursing, which he joined in 2013. Andrew has a B.S. in Computer Science from Charleston Southern University obtained in 2012. His primary responsibilities
include developing n-tiered data-driven web applications for TACHL/CON, as well as hybrid mobile applications for both Android and iOS platforms.
Shawntel Parker is a Research Associate and Senior Software Architect for TACHL, her main duties consist of project and database management.
Shawntel Parker is a Research Associate and the Senior Software Architect for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL).
She joined TACHL in May 2013. Shawntel Parker has a BS in Computer Science from Augusta State University, a BS in Respiratory Therapy from Medical College of Georgia,
and a BA in Early Childhood Education from Augusta State University. Previously, Shawntel was a licensed primary education teacher and Registered Respiratory Therapist, both in the State of Georgia.
Shawntel’s expertise is in database design and development and graphical user interface development for health and research data acquisition. At TACHL, Shawntel is working with wireless health monitoring applications and smart-device technologies,
which provide critical data transmission for individual health assessments and facilitate continuous monitoring in order to provide high quality patient care.
Prior to working at TACHL, Shawntel worked as a systems analyst for the Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI) at Georgia Regents University (formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia) from 2002-2013. She oversaw the database development,
design and administration, data management and application development for multiple grant funded research studies (R01, R21, PPG, etc.) for eight to thirteen Ph.D. researchers.
Marcus is a software developer for TACHL, his main duties consist of mobile and web development.
Marcus Schoultz is a software developer for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). Marcus joined the
TACHL team in March 2016. Marcus Schoultz has a BS in Computer Science from Charleston Southern University.
Prior to working at TACHL, Marcus worked as a software developer for Escience and Technology Solutions, a private sector. Marcus was
responsible for help developing a portal to help sailors check their personnel records. Marcus has knowledge and comprehension in working
with the frontend and middletier development and agile software development process.
Christina is a software developer for TACHL, her main duties consist of mobile development and database management.
Christina Sithideth is an Application Analyst for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). She joined the TACHL center in June 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson
University. She has experience in designing and developing front end administrative web portals and mobile application development for clinical studies.
Jonathan Tindall is the senior software developer for TACHL, his main duties consists of project management and full stack development.
Jonathan Tindall is a Senior Software Developer for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). Mr. Tindall joined the TACHL center in October, 2015 and has a BA in Computer Science from the College of Charleston.
Jonathan has experience designing and developing the entire software stack of highly efficient and scalable enterprise applications.
He began his career in the private sector where he was the lead developer for a mid-sized content handling distributor. There, he used his knowledge of modern software applications to replace an outdated and inefficient business system with a fully functional web-based solution. He has knowledge and comprehension in working with n-tiered application systems, web service technologies and mobile application development. At TACHL, Jonathan is leading a team in developing both android and iOS applications to facilitate data health management through various clinical research studies.
Andrew West is an Application Analyst for TACHL, his main duties consist of mobile development.
Andrew West is an Application Analyst for TACHL. He graduated from Presbyterian College with
a bachelors in Computer Science. He develops Android and iOS apps for medical research grants as well as Rest APIs.
Brenda Brunner-Jackson is the Program Manager for TACHL in the College of Nursing. She manages and coordinates technology enabled behavioral intervention studies.
Brenda Brunner-Jackson is the Program Manager for TACHL in the College of Nursing. She manages and coordinates technology enabled
behavioral intervention studies, assists the principle investigator in the implementation of protocols, and she hires, trains and manages
the staff of Research Assistants in all components of laboratory evaluations assessing biobehavioral antecedents of cardiovascular diseases, subject recruitment and retention.
In addition, she collects, processes, logs, and stores biological samples, and she administers questionnaires and interviews assessing physical activity, dietary behavior,
and psychosocial characteristics associated with cardiovascular diseases. Also, she acts as a liaison between the principle investigator and the research staff, and she facilitates communication with other research groups and core services to enable efficient workflow. Brenda Brunner- Jackson obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1983 and a Master of Public Health in Informatics from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009. She has been working at the College of Nursing since 2010.
Mercedes Cain is a research assistant for TACHL.
Mercedes Cain is a research assistant for TACHL. Mercedes is a freshman at the College of Charleston
pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Medicine. She has aspirations of becoming a physical therapist at the Veterans Hospital.
Jessica L. Chandler, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar at TACHL and the College of Nursing.
She joined TACHL in July of 2016 to gain experience using mobile technology in the health care field.
Jessica L. Chandler, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar at TACHL and the College of Nursing. Dr. Chandler received her B.S. in Exercise Science
and M.S in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Exercise Science in 2016.
Dr. Chandler’s has experience with NIH-funded, large-scale, community based studies aiming to increase healthy behaviors – physical activity levels and healthy eating – in youth.
Her primary involvement in these studies was the measurement and analysis of physical activity data collected using accelerometers. Her recent research focuses on the use of mobile technology to accurately and feasibly assess physical activity. Specifically, of interest, the placement of the physical activity monitor (hip or wrist) and the analysis and interpretation of the raw output data.
She joined TACHL in July of 2016 to gain experience using mobile technology in the health care field. Specifically, she will be working with Dr. Treiber on SMASK and SMASH studies.
Tatiana M. Davidson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program at the Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Tatiana M. Davidson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program at the Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Davidson received her BS from the University of Washington and her MA and PhD from Clark University. She completed her internship and NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Davidson’s research has focused on addressing mental health care disparities by maximizing reach and receipt of evidence-based treatments among traumatic stress and other vulnerable populations through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, technology-based resources.
Over the last few years, Dr. Davidson has been involved in a number of federally and internally funded projects focusing on reducing mental health care disparities among underserved
and vulnerable populations through the development and evaluation of e/m-health resources as dissemination strategies for evidence-based treatments) and the development of technology-based tools to enhance quality of care in health and mental health care among minority and underserved populations.
Jenna Gunsolley is a research assistant for TACHL. She works on the SMASK mobile app.
Jenna Gunsolley is a senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Public Health. She just joined the TACHL team and is enjoying getting
started on the SMASK study. Previously, Jenna interned for MUSC's Heart Health program and the City of Charleston focusing on employee wellness.
Tonya Hazelton is a Program Coordinator II at TACHL.
Tonya Hazelton is a Program Coordinator II at TACHL. She has a M.S. in Human Services with a Concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Tonya has worked at MUSC for over ten years in research, community outreach, and administration. She is also an active member of the CON Diversity Committee.
She currently works on federally-funded research projects that focus on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of technology-based interventions for traumatic stress populations.
Candie is a Bilingual student Research Assistant since August, 2016.
Candie is a Bilingual student Research Assistant since August, 2016. She is a Public Health senior at the College of Charleston and completed her Internship at DHEC.
She hopes to attend the University of Washington in 2018 and obtain an MPH in Epidemiology and focus on Maternal and Infant Health.
John C. Sieverdes is the Program Manager for TACHL in the College of Nursing. Dr. Sieverdes teaching emphasis includes a variety of core exercise science.
John C. Sieverdes is the Program Manager for TACHL in the College of Nursing. He recently completed a two-year position as a Visiting Assistant
Professor in Exercise Science and Public Health at the College of Charleston. Dr. Sieverdes teaching emphasis includes a variety of core exercise science, health promotion, and chronic disease classes including Clinical
Exercise Physiology for Special Populations and Advanced Exercise Physiology. He completed his graduate training at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Exercise Science in Health Aspects of Physical Activity in 2012. Afterward,
he pursued a post-doctoral position with TACHL at MUSC where he trained on the use of mobile health to elicit various health promotion behavior changes for adult populations with chronic diseases.
His research incorporates mobile application design, mixed method iterative development, and community-based participatory research. His main research interests involve the use of fitness apps and sensor technology to track physical activity and other
biometric data from persons with chronic diseases to better self-manage their conditions and control comorbidities though lifestyle improvements. Key populations included end-stage renal disease, kidney transplant, hypertensive, stroke, obese, and type 2 diabetic patients.
Luke Sox is a research assistant for TACHL. He works on several of TACHL's mobile health projects, including primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases.
Luke began working in 2013 as a research assistant for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). He works on several of TACHL’s mobile health projects, including primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases (such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart failure) among multiple ethnic (African American, Hispanic, White) and patient groups
(e.g, post stroke, post heart attack, dialysis, transplant). Many of these individuals have little to no access to regular routine health care. Luke will graduate from the College of Charleston in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health. His immediate goal is to gain experience working as a Public Health professional by entering the health technology workforce in research development, and to eventually enter a graduate school program.
Jennifer Winkelmann is a program manager and clinician at TACHL. One of her main roles is the treatment of patients after traumatic injury.
Jennifer Winkelmann is a program manager and clinician at TACHL. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2008 and in 2012 she earned a M.S. in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jennifer is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern working towards full licensure. One of her main roles is the treatment of patients after traumatic injury through the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program. She also works on
federally-funded research projects that focus on the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions for traumatic stress populations.