Venk Kandadai, MPH is currently a Project Manager for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and a Technology Manager for the Digital Health Initiative (DHI) at CIRP. With nearly six years of public health evaluation, health communications, and data science experience, Mr. Kandadai’s research interests include the application of data science, predictive analytics, and statistical techniques to teen driver research, mHealth evaluation, and outcomes research. He manages and analyzes data from several teen driver research projects that utilize the Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA) developed and validated at CIRP. Mr. Kandadai is currently working on several research projects involving driving simulation and behavior, predictive analytics in driving simulation, the development of cloud-based tools to conduct rapid and rigorous evaluation of mHealth applications, and using novel analytical methods to better evaluate how health information is disseminated across social media platforms. Mr. Kandadai has significant experience in analyzing large nationally representative datasets, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) and the National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).
Previously, Mr. Kandadai worked at Fox Chase Cancer in Philadelphia as a Project Manager under the tutelage of Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH, developing and evaluating health and mHealh interventions in cancer health communications, prevention, and control. He is currently also an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at Saint Joseph’s University and an Ad-hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Mr. Kandadai is heavily involved in Philadelphia’s start-up and tech community, including TechPhilly, Technical.ly Philly, and PhillyTech Meetup and has given presentations at various conferences including BarCamp Philly and Medicine 2.0.
Mr. Kandadai holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Mathematics, as well as a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from Temple University.