About me

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.

Currently a Project Scientist at the Cancer Research Center for Health Equity at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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.

Recent News

Selected Publications:

  • 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

  • Moon, K.*, Sobolev, M.*, & Kane, J. (2022). Digital and Mobile Health Technology in Collaborative Behavioral Health Care: Scoping Review. JMIR Mental Health 10.2196/30810

  • 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

Research Highlights

Digital Nudging

Behavior Change

Health Technology

Digital Wellbeing

Current Collaborators


Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech)

Inbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani (U of Michigan)

David Wetter (U of Utah)

Ori Plonsky (Technion)

Alex Adams (Georgia Tech)

Sarah Salvy (Cedars-Sinai)

Gillian Gresham (Cedras-Sinai)

Robert Haile (Cedars-Sinai)

Geetanjali Datta (Cedars-Sinai)

Patrycja Sleboda (USC)


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Partnership to End Addiction

Click Therapeutics

Valera Health