Mobile Assessment

User-friendly mobile applications encourage increased participation in your program


Ongoing, in-the-moment mobile data collection tracks things like treatment adherence or mood monitoring.

Mobile assessments can be standalone applications or a complement to an online course.

3C’s customized interface lets you create user-friendly assessments for all ages, on iOS and Android devices.


Push notifications prompt users to take an action—such as completing a checklist, rating their mood, or reading an education tip. You set the schedule for notifications.


Users or providers can view and download a report of their responses.

Collaborative development

3C’s team of e-learning professionals will collaborate with you to adapt your content for mobile use and create an assessment tailored to your program objectives and audience.

Featured Projects

CAMP Air is an online­­­­­­­­ program based on the successful school-based, in-person intervention, Asthma Self-Management for Adolescents (ASMA), developed by Dr. Jean-Marie Bruzzese and colleagues at Columbia University.  Through the support of an NIH Fast-track award from the NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), Dr. Bruzzese and 3C Institute teamed up to create this dynamic online intervention tailored toward adolescents in grades 9-12 with uncontrolled asthma.

The CAMP Air checklist was developed to encourage teens with asthma to daily track their symptoms, triggers, and medication use in an engaging and convenient format. The checklist app is available for iOS and Android devices. Users can view and share a weekly report with their parents and healthcare providers.

To learn more about the development of this program, and recent study findings, please visit:

The results of a study conducted in collaboration with 3C Institute were published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The study was based on an online survey—built, distributed, and managed by 3C—that asked California college students about their familiarity with Active Minds, a national organization that provides support for student-led mental health clubs on college campuses. The survey also assessed students’ attitudes about, understanding of, and personal experiences with mental health issues, both their own and others’.

In a Washington Post article published in late June, one of the study’s lead authors, Brad Stein, senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp., noted, “Student-organized activities can improve college student mental-health attitudes and play an important role in improving the campus climate with respect to mental health.”


Chief of Research and Learning Content


Dr. Childress obtained her PhD in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to 3C Institute, she served as a research associate and a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on a longitudinal imaging study aimed at identifying the early markers of autism through behavioral and imaging methodologies. She has 19 years of autism research experience, during which she has examined the behavioral, personality, and cognitive characteristics of individuals with autism and their family members. Dr. Childress also has experience developing behavioral and parent report measurement tools, coordinating multi-site research studies, and collecting data from children and families. She has taught courses and seminars in general child development, autism, and cognitive development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • autism
  • early development
  • behavioral measurement
  • integrating behavioral and biological measurement


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (Institutional NRSA-NICHD), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD, developmental psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS, psychology (minor in sociology), University of Iowa

Selected Publications

  • Elison, J. T., Wolff, J. J., Heimer, D. C., Paterson, S. J., Gu, H., Hazlett, H. C., Styner, M, Gerig, G., & Piven, J. (in press). Frontolimbic neural circuitry at 6 months predicts individual differences in joint attention at 9 months. Developmental Science.
  • Wassink, T. H., Vieland, V. J., Sheffield, V. C., Bartlett, C. W., Goedken, R., Childress, D. & Piven, J. (2008). Posterior probability of linkage analysis of autism dataset identifies linkage to chromosome 16. Psychiatric Genetics,18(2),85-91.
  • Losh, M., Childress, D., Lam K. & Piven, J. (2008). Defining key features of the broad autism phenotype: A comparison across parents of multiple- and single-incidence autism families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 147B(4):424-33.
  • Wassink, T. H., Piven, J., Vieland, V. J., Jenkins, L., Frantz R., Bartlett, C. W., Goedken, R., … Sheffield, V.C. (2005). Evaluation of the chromosome 2q37.3 gene CENTG2 as an autism susceptibility gene. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 136, 36-44.
  • Barrett, S., Beck, J., Bernier, R., Bisson, E., Braun, T., Casavant, T., Childress, D., … Vieland, V. (1999). An autosomal genomic screen for autism. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 88, 609-615. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19991215)88:63.0.CO;2-L
  • Piven, J., Palmer, P., Landa, R., Santangelo, S., Jacobi, D. & Childress, D. (1997). Personality and language characteristics in parents from multiple-incidence autism families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 74, 398-411.
  • Piven, J., Palmer, P., Jacobi, D., Childress, D. & Arndt, S. (1997). Broader autism phenotype: Evidence from a family history study of multiple-incidence autism families. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154, 185-190.