Research Interests

Research Interests: My research is an integration of Occupational Health Psychology and Quantitative Psychology. I focus on developing technology-based supportive interventions for reducing stress and preventing problem behaviors among young adults and employed individuals. I am specifically Interested in conceptual and methodological aspects relating to the development of adaptive interventions that are delivered via mobile devices and that provide support in real-time to people as they go about their daily lives.

Key words: Social Support, Work Stress, Employee Health and Well-Being, Adaptive Interventions, Just In Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs).

Selected Publications

  • Almirall D., Nahum-Shani, I., Sherwood, N.E., & Murphy S.A. (in press). Introduction to SMART Designs for the Development of Adaptive Interventions: With Application to Weight Loss Research. Translational Behavioral Medicine.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., Henderson, M.M., Lim, S., & Vinokur, A.V. (2014) Supervisor support: Does it buffer or exacerbate the adverse effects of supervisor undermining? Journal of Applied Psychology,99(3), 484-503.
  • Collins, L., Nahum-Shani, I., & Almirall, D. (2014). Optimization of behavioral dynamic treatment regimens based on the sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART). Clinical Trials,11(4), 426-434.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., Qian, M., Almirall, D., Pelham, W.E., Gnagy, B., Fabiano, G., Waxmonsky, J., Yu, J., & Murphy, S. (2012). Q-Learning: A Secondary Data Analysis Method for Developing Adaptive Interventions. Psychological Methods, 17(4), 478.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., Qian, M., Almirall, D., Pelham, W.E., Gnagy, B., Fabiano, G., Waxmonsky, J., Yu, J., & Murphy, S. (2012). Experimental Design and Primary Data Analysis for Developing Adaptive Interventions. Psychological Methods, 17(4), 457.
  • Dziak, J., Nahum-Shani, I., & Collins, L. (2012) Multilevel Factorial Experiments: Power and Conceptual Considerations. Psychological Methods, 17(2), 153 *equal contribution of authors.
  • Lei, H., Nahum-Shani, I., Lynch, K., Oslin, D., & Murphy, S.A. (2012). Using Sequential, Multiple Assignment, Randomized Trial (SMART) Designs to Build Individualized Treatment Sequences. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 21-48.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., & Bamberger, P.A. (2011). The Buffering Effect of Social Support on Stressor-Strain Relations: The Conditioning Effects of Perceived Reciprocity Patterns. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 114, 49-63.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., Bamberger, P.A., & Bacharach, S.B. (2011). Social Support and Well-Being among Blue Collar Workers: The Conditioning Effects of Perceived Patterns of Supportive Exchange. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 52, 123-139.
  • Nahum-Shani, I., & Somech, A. (2011). Leadership, OCB and Individual Differences: Idiocentrism and Allocentrism as Moderators of the Relationship between Transformational and Transactional Leadership and OCB. Leadership Quarterly, 22, 353-366.

Book Chapters

  • Qian, M., Nahum-Shani, I., & Murphy, S. (2013). Dynamic treatment regimes, In Modern Clinical Trial Analysis , edited by X. Tu and W. Tang, Springer Science (pp. 127-148).
  • Nahum-Shani, I., Xi, L., Henderson, M.M., & Murphy, S.A. (2012) Innovative experimental design for developing effective technology-supported help-seeking interventions. Book chapter to appear in S.A. Karabenick and M. Puustinen (Eds). Advances in Help Seeking Research and Applications: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Dallery, J., Riley, W.T., & Nahum-Shani, I. Research Designs to Develop and Evaluate Technology-Based Health Behavior Interventions. Book Chapter to appear in: Lisa Marsch, Sarah Lord, and Jesse Dallery (Eds). Leveraging Technology to Transform Behavioral Healthcare. Oxford University Press


2014 Summer Institute on Innovative Methods
Experimental Design and Analysis Methods for Developing Adaptive Interventions: Getting SMART, Instructor
The overarching goals of this two-day workshop are to
(a) provide an introduction to adaptive interventions;
(b) help participants gain the background needed to plan a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART);
(c) help participants learn how to implement data analytic methods with SMART study data to construct adaptive interventions.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI June 19-20 2014
Funded by NIH/NIDA, The Methodology Center at PSU

Methods for Just In Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs), Instructor
Workshop for discussing conceptual and methodological issues in optimizing JITAIs
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI August 16 2013
Funded by SRC/ISR, NIH/NIDA, Mcubed

Quantitative Methodology Program Seminar, Coordinator/Instructor
Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

Advanced Regression Analysis workshop, Organizer/Speaker
The international summer workshop series in advanced research methods
Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Part of CARMA: Research Methods Education for the Global Classroom

On SMART and Factorial Designs: Application to mHealth Research. Speaker
mHealth evidence wireless workshop; Wireless Health 2014
Bethesda, MD; October 2014

On SMART and Factorial Designs: Application to mHealth Research. Speaker
mHealth evidence NIH/OBSSR Panel
Bethesda, MD; October 2014

Experimental Designs for Developing mHealth Interventions. Speaker
NIH/OBSSR online mHealth training.
July 2014

From SMART to Just In Time Adaptive Interventions. Speaker
NIH Workshop on Innovative Study Designs and Methods for Developing, Testing and Implementing Behavioral Interventions.
Bethesda, MD; April 2014

Pre-Meeting Conference Workshop on the Design and Conduct of Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials. Speaker
Society for Clinical Trials Meeting
Philadelphia, PA; May 2014

mHealth Research methods and Design.. Instructor
NIH/OBSSR brief mHealth training (online)
Bethesda, MD; March 2014

Research Methodology for mHealth. Instructor
NIH/OBSSR mHealth training workshop
Washington DC; December 2013

On MOST, SMART and Factorial Designs. Speaker
Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth College, November 2013

On MOST, SMART and Factorial Designs. Speaker
NIH/NIDA Division of Clinical Neuroscience & Behavioral Research (DCNBR)
Meeting on Overcoming Barriers and Making Adolescent Drug Abuse Treatment More Community
Bethesda, MD, June 2013

Being SMART about adapting interventions: An introduction to Adaptive Interventions and SMART designs. Speaker
Pre-conference workshop on Tobacco Use Treatment Development: Challenges, Opportunities, & New Methods
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco's Annual Meeting
March, 2013

Optimizing technology-based interventions: The SMART experimental approach. Presenter
Stanford Prevention Research Center Seminar
Stanford University School of Medicine
January 2013

Q-learning: A data analysis method for developing behavioral interventions. Presenter
Department of Psychology Seminar
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dec, 2012

MHealth research and experimental designs: Beyond randomized control trials. Instructor
NIH/mHealth 2012 training
Washington DC; November 2012

Experimental Designs for Intervention Development. Speaker
National Strategic Summit on creating a roadmap for physical activity, lifestyle and comparative effectiveness research
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ, October 2012

Experimental Designs for Intervention Development. Speaker
NIH SOBC: Meeting on Use-Inspired Basic Research
Bethesda, MD, October 2012