Ryan Shaw


Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing

Dr. Shaw is an Associate Professor and Digital Health Scientist at Duke University. He is the Faculty Director for Duke University’s Mobile App Gateway and the creator and Director of our Health Innovation Lab.

He works with teams of scientists and clinicians to advance the field of precision health through the use of mobile technologies, known as ‘Mobile Health’ — the collection and dissemination of health information using mobile and sensing technologies. These technologies afford researchers, clinicians, and patients a rich stream of real-time information about individuals’ environment, and biophysical and behavioral health in their everyday lives. His goals are to identify and optimize novel, useful methods of collecting, visualizing, and disseminating healthcare data to (1) better inform our understanding of human disease and (2) improve patient and clinical decision-making.

Dr. Shaw works with faculty, staff and students at Duke’s Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Engineering to integrate mobile technologies into first-generation care delivery systems. He was one of the first scientists to publish that patients could feasibly use multiple mobile technologies to manage their health. Additionally, he has conducted foundational clinical trials to explore how patients and clinicians use mobile health for self-management and care delivery. His work is funded by private and government organizations, including the US National Institutes of Health.

The Health Innovation Lab is used as an accelerator to test new technologies and care delivery processes in both real and simulated clinical environments. Our space includes a 14,000 square foot simulated hospital that is used for R&D. Research from the lab has led to internal and external funding, product licensing, and company formation.

Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at Duke University. He holds the Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing. He is faculty at the Duke University School of Nursing and the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine. He has collaborative appointments at the Duke Center for Health Informatics and MEDx – Duke’s Medicine & Engineering Initiative.

In 2017 he was awarded the Emerging Nurse Researcher Award for North America by the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing
  • Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

  • Office Location: School Of Nursing, 3152, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-9434
  • Email Address: ryan.shaw@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Duke University School of Nursing, 2012

Research Interests

Digital health
mobile technology
health informatics
data science
chronic illness management

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study
  • GLHLTH 395: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 396: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 795: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 796: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • NURSING 574: Directed Scholarship
  • NURSING 575: Independent Study
  • NURSING 715: Database Systems in Healthcare: Design, Management, and Connectivity
  • NURSING 921: Integrated Research Practicum
  • NURSING 922: Special Readings in School of Nursing
  • NURSING 975: DNP Scholarly Project

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Hirschey, R; Kimmick, G; Hockenberry, M; Shaw, R; Pan, W; Page, C; Lipkus, I, A randomized phase II trial of MOVING ON: An intervention to increase exercise outcome expectations among breast cancer survivors., Psycho Oncology, vol 27 no. 10 (2018), pp. 2450-2457 [10.1002/pon.4849] [abs].
  • Ni, Z; Liu, C; Wu, B; Yang, Q; Douglas, C; Shaw, RJ, An mHealth intervention to improve medication adherence among patients with coronary heart disease in China: Development of an intervention, International Journal of Nursing Sciences, vol 5 no. 4 (2018), pp. 322-330 [10.1016/j.ijnss.2018.09.003] [abs].
  • Vaughn, J; Jonassaint, J; Summers-Goeckerman, E; Shaw, RJ; Shah, N, Customization of the TRU-PBMT App (Technology Recordings to better Understand Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant)., Journal of Pediatric Nursing, vol 42 (2018), pp. 86-91 [10.1016/j.pedn.2018.07.007] [abs].
  • Hirschey, R; Pan, W; Hockenberry, M; Kimmick, G; Shaw, R; Lipkus, I, What Do Breast Cancer Survivors Expect From Exercise?, Cancer Nursing (2018) [10.1097/ncc.0000000000000631] [abs].
  • Hirschey, R; Kimmick, G; Hockenberry, M; Shaw, R; Pan, W; Page, C; Lipkus, I, PRELIMINARY TEST OF TARGETING OUTCOME EXPECTATIONS TO INCREASE EXERCISE AMONG BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol 52 (2018), pp. S597-S597 [abs].