Dr Robyn Whittaker

Associate Director
National Institute for Health Innovation
Co-leader Health Informatics & Technology

Dr Robyn Whittaker is a public health physician and programme co-leader of Health Informatics & Technology at the National Institute for Health Innovation.

Her research is in mobile health (mHealth), particularly developing health interventions to be delivered using mobile communications technology. She has been PI on several randomised controlled trials of mHealth interventions including video messaging for smoking cessation, multimedia messaging for the prevention of depression, and text messaging for diabetes self-management support. Others have included text messaging and internet programmes for weight management, alcohol brief intervention, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr Whittaker also works at Waitemata District Health Board leading the implementation of innovations in healthcare. She was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice 2010-11 in the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services as an advisor and researcher in mHealth in the USA. She is an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation/International Telecommunications Union on their global mHealth initiative supporting governments to implement mHealth.

She is a board member of the National Health Innovation Hub, member of the NZ Telehealth Forum Leadership Group, on the editorial board of JMIR mHealth & uHealth, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tricorder XPrize.