Michael Sobolev, PhD, is a behavioral scientist with expertise in 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 and a  Visiting Scholar @ USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics in Los Angeles, California. At Cedars-Sinai, I established and currently lead the Behavioral Design Unit since 2023.

Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Lecturer in Computer and Information Science at Cornell Tech (2017-2021) and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Technology and Digital Innovation at Northwell Health (2019-2021) in New York City.

PhD in Behavioral Science from the Faculty of Data and Decision Science (formerly Industrial Engineering and Management) of the Technion - Israel 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. 

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Selected Publications:

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)

Aaron Setiz (Northeastren)

Ori Plonsky (Technion)

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy (Cedars-Sinai)

Robert Haile (Cedars-Sinai)

Ofir Turel (U of Melbourne)

Alexis Kuerbis (Hunter College)


Partnership to End Addiction

The Truth Initiative

Click Therapeutics

Valera Health



UCR Brain Games Center