This project investigates human-computer interactions with a virtual health agent to determine the acceptability, usability, feasibility, and promise of using such a technology in situations where humans expect empathic communication. Currently, eEva provides web-based motivational interviewing for alcohol abuse. 

This project is in collaboration with Christine Lisetti at Florida International University's Computer Science Department and is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award # 1423260). 

Project eEva Publications and Presentation

Conference Presentations 

Hazari, J., Hodgins, J., Marin, D., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. (2021). Acceptability of a digital health agent that uses motivational interviewing to treat alcohol abuse: Comparing provider responses to consumer responses. Paper presented at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online.

Marin, D. G., Hazari, J., Hodgins, J., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. (2021). Virtual Health Agents on Engaging Alcohol Users through a Motivational Interviewing Intervention: Agent Acceptability. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Hodgins, J., Marin, D. G., Hazari, J., Lisetti, C., & Boustani, M. M. (2021, November). Impact of diverse virtual health agents on alcohol users engaged in a motivational interviewing intervention: Qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Virtual.

Jutzy, H., Boustani, M. M., Blank, C., & Lisetti, C. (2021). Preliminary effectiveness of an online digital health agent intervention for alcohol abuse. Poster presented at the 2021 American Psychological Association Virtual Convention.

Hazari, J., Boustani, M., Vogel, K., Bachar, S., Lunn, S. & Lisetti, C., (2020). Clinical Utility of a Digital Health Agent to Deliver Motivational Interviewing to Treat Alcohol Abuse. Poster presented at 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) conference, Washington, DC.