Who We Are

The Research Application Design and Development (RADD) team provides researchers technical services in order to design, develop and implement effective research technologies and tools, and expertise in recruitment and retention strategies to help researchers find participants to engage with their technical products and maintain their engagement. These services include developing software to be used within interventions, designing user interfaces and experiences, graphic design, wide-scale implementation strategy support, social media recruitment campaign development, and more. The RADD team has not only developed technologies to implement and support ISGMH’s various research initiatives, but has also developed new technologies for various Northwestern University collaborators and external academic collaborators and continues to help researchers push their eHealth interventions to exciting new horizons.

If you are interested in partnering with our team, please contact the Director of our Team, Rana Saber, at r-saber@northwestern.edu or 312-503-5430.

What We Do

  • Grant Writing Support
  • Prototype Development
  • Software Development and Quality Control testing
  • Project Management
  • UX and UI Design
  • Usability Testing Consultation
  • Graphic Design and Animation
  • Social Media Campaign Development
  • Social Media Recruitment Strategies

Meet the Team


The RADD team has developed several platforms to meet the research needs of a variety of projects:

  • RADD Chat – An online communication tool for contacting research participants via SMS, MMS and phone. This platform allows researchers to schedule messages, set away messages, record and transcribe calls, and download relevant data.

  • SMART – A multi-tiered intervention application with REDCap integration that allows the seamless transition of participants from one intervention to the next.

  • Rainbow – A multilingual eHealth intervention platforms that allows researchers to create multiple interventions and assign participants to those interventions.

  • Multi-tenant Platform – A multi-tenant platform where multiple projects can use the same instance of an application, rather than each being deployed separately. The main benefit is that when adding features or fix bugs, our team can apply the changes to all projects at the same time. This also means there’s less overhead to manage because we have a single database, single server, and single domain name.

If you’re interested in examples of a few projects that we’ve worked on, please look through the slider below!

PI: Brian Mustanski, The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

Keep It Up! (KIU!) is an online HIV prevention program for gay, bisexual, and queer men that is recognized by the CDC as a Best Evidence Behavioral Intervention. KIU! has been proven to reduce HIV risk, STI rates, and condomless anal sex among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).


PI: Judith Moskowitz, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

An online positive affect skills intervention for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

PI: Dave Huebner, George Washington University

A web-based intervention aimed at improving the quality and frequency of parent communication with their AMSM sons regarding HIV and sexual health.

PI: Brian Mustanski, The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

SMART is an online sexual health program for AMSM (adolescent men who have sex with men).

Sweet Mama

PI: Lynn Yee, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

A theory-driven, advanced mobile first health application that delivers an interactive, goal-oriented educational and motivational diabetes focused content for low income pregnant women diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.