W. Benjamin Nowell, MSW, PhD

Director, Patient-Centered Research
Global Health Living Foundation
CreakyJoints

W. Benjamin Nowell MSW, PhD is Director, Patient-Centered Research, at the Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), CreakyJoints® and Principal Investigator (PI) of ArthritisPower® Patient-Powered Research Network. His research interests include examination of the factors that facilitate patient engagement as research partners, the use of patient-generated data for use in real-world evidence, and shared decision making in rheumatologic and musculoskeletal conditions. He’s currently leading a study to characterize the extent to which digital measures collected via wearable technology agree with measures of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and other patient-reported outcomes collected via the ArthritisPower smartphone app. Prior to joining GHLF, Ben worked as a medical social worker and Community and Long-Term Care Coordinator for the Ottawa Regional Stroke Centre and as Research Manager for an evaluation of participant outcomes in Arthritis Foundation chronic disease self-management programs for arthritis conducted at Columbia University School of Social Work.

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