Michael Sobolev is a behavioral scientist with a focus on technology, behavior change, and health.
Research interests include behavioral design of technology, behavior change and digital nudging, mobile health (mHealth), and behavioral data science.
Behavioral Scientist @ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and a Visiting Scholar @ USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer and Information Science at Cornell Tech (2017-2021) and Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Technology and Digital Innovation at Northwell Health (2019-2021) in New York City.
PhD in Behavioral Science from the Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology. MSc in Business and Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University.
You can also find me on twitter, Linkedin and Scholar. Email me at michael [dot] sobolev [at] cornell [dot] edu.
The secret to happiness is low expectations and a good cup of coffee.
Presented at the Behavioral Science and Public Policy (BSPA) conference on Online Choice Architecture (OCA) in the financial wellbeing session. Check out the paper here: 10.2139/ssrn.4241296
Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual conference on "Time-varying Model of Engagement". Check out the paper here: 10.3389/fdgth.2023.1144081
Delivered a keynote lecture on "Digital Nudging: Personalization and Optimization" at the IEEE ICDM workshop on AI for Nudging and Personalization.
A new thought article on "Online Choice Architecture" published at TechReg Chronicle. Also available on SSRN.
My work on "Behavioral Science in the Wild: The Digital Nudge" was featured at the Rotman Management Magazine
Zimmermann, L., & Sobolev, M. (2022). Digital Nudges for Screen Time Reduction: A Randomized Control Trial with Performance and Wellbeing Outcomes. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 10.1089/cyber.2022.0027
Sobolev, M. (2022). Digital Nudging: Using Technology to Nudge for Good. Chapter for the Behavioral Science in the Wild by Nina Mazar & Dilip Soman. University of Toronto Press. 10.2139/ssrn.3889831
Sobolev, M., & Lesic, V. (2022). Online Choice Architecture: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated. TechREG Chronicle. Available at 10.2139/ssrn.4241296
Guinart, D., Sobolev, M., Patil, B., Walsh, M., & Kane, J. (2022). A Digital Intervention Using Daily Financial Incentives to Increase Medication Adherence in Severe Mental Illness: A Pilot and Feasibility Study. Forthcoming at JMIR Mental Health jmir.org/preprint/37184
Militello, L.*, Sobolev, M.*, Okeke, F., Adler, D., Nahum-Shani, I. (2022). Digital Prompts to Increase Engagement with Headspace App and Stress Regulation among Parents: Feasibility Study. JMIR Formative Research 10.2196/30606
Sobolev, M., Okeke, F., & Plonsky, O. (2023). mRAPID Study: Effect of Micro-incentives and Daily Deadlines on Practice Behavior. International Conference on Persuasive Technologies (PERSUASIVE 2023). 10.1007/978-3-031-30933-5_5
Sobolev, M., Vitale, R., Wen, H., Kizer, J., Leeman, R., Pollak, J.P., Baumel, A., Vadhan, N.P., Estrin, D. & Muench, F. (2021). The Digital Marshmallow Test (DMT) Diagnostic and Monitoring Mobile Health App for Impulsive Behavior: Development and Validation Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 10.2196/25018
Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech)
Inbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani (U of Michigan)
David Wetter (U of Utah)
Aaron Setiz (Northeastren)
Ori Plonsky (Technion)
Sarah Salvy (Cedars-Sinai)
Ofir Turel (U of Melbourne)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Partnership to End Addiction
UCR Brain Games Center