The Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM) accelerates the development and commercialization of low-cost, multi-function, wearable, wireless sensor systems for personalized health care and biometric monitoring. The CPHM:

  • Conducts basic and translational research across the technical roadmap for advanced personalized health monitoring
  • Trains the future and current workforce in key skills needed for the emerging digital health industry
  • Develops and integrates new technologies in collaboration with industry and clinical partners that pave the way to commercialize innovations and promote economic development

The CPHM consolidates critical expertise from polymer science and engineering, computer science, kinesiology, and neuroscience as well as from other departments and collaborators such as the UMass Medical School and industry.

Through collaboration, the CPHM is establishing a robust, vertically integrated ecosystem enabling rapid design, prototyping, and human interface testing under real-world conditions. The center iterates sensor development from concept through validation, to advanced manufacturing of flexible sensor platforms.

In addition, the CPHM provides an industry collaborative facility wherein industry can work directly with CPHM staff and researchers to develop and validate next generation health monitoring technologies and products.

The Center for Personalized Health Monitoring is an innovative interdisciplinary research, training, technology development, and human validation testing center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The CPHM is one component of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, made possible through a $95M capital investment by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), of which approximately $46M has been utilized to build out the dedicated laboratory space and equip CPHM facilities in the Life Sciences Laboratory II building on campus.

CPHM Leadership

  • Katherine Boyer, Kinesiology, Interm Director
  • Rae Walker, Nursing, Associate Director


CPHM Steering Committee

  • Trisha Andrew, Chemistry
  • Ken Carter, Polymer Science & Engineering
  • Jane Kent, Kinesiology
  • Ivan Lee, Computer Science
  • Jeffrey Morse, Mass NanoTech Institute
  • Peter Reinhart, IALS
  • Rebecca Spencer, Psychology & Brain Sciences
  • Frank Sup, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Jim Watkins, Polymer Science & Engineering 
  • Annette Wysocki, Nursing
  • Qiangfei Xia, Electrical & Computer Engineering