About Us

We’re four professors from a small Midwest university with diverse backgrounds who wanted to study human flourishing. However, once we started our research, we found that surveys weren’t cutting it: there was too much recall bias and we couldn’t observe the rhythms of people’s lives. Some tech-savvy colleagues suggested we use a smartphone app for experience sampling. Since the technology wasn’t available in 2010, we decided to create our own system. Once people started asking us if they could use it, and we realized the need. So, what started off as coffee shop conversations has turned into an accessible system that allows researchers to ask and answer meaningful questions about daily life.

Leadership Team

Kevin Eklund

CEO

Kevin guides LifeData’s strategic direction and operations. Founding technology, real estate, and health/fitness businesses, he is experienced in business operations, strategic planning, and growing businesses from the ground up.

Tim Steenbergh

Co-Founder | PhD

With a background in clinical psychology, Tim helps ensure the design of the LifeData system it is optimal for in-the-moment interventions. He is Professor of Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan university, where he teaches and conducts research using smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment.

Jason Runyan

Co-Founder | DPhil

Jason’s role involves helping design, create and test the LifeData System. His background is in neurobiochemistry and philosophical neuroscience, completing his graduate studies at the University of Texas, and the University of Oxford. He is an Associate Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and also conducts research using mobile ecological momentary assessment/intervention.

Advisory Board

Doug Daugherty

Co-Founder | PsyD, HSSP

Doug is a co-founder of LifeData, and has a background as a clinical psychologist. He is a Professor of Psychology and Addictions Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Lorne Oke

Co-Founder | EdD

Lorne is a co-founder of LifeData, and consults the team in technology and business operations. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Rick Nelson

Advisory Board | MS, MBA

Rick’s provides technical direction and oversight for LifeData, with his experience in founding several technology-based businesses, and expertise in database design and complex application development.

Mark Klopp

Advisory Board | MBA

Mark is an independent consultant, board member, advisor and investor. He is currently an EIR with Tech Futures Group and a board member and business advisor for several private ventures. Mark is a former Board Member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

Development Leads

Amalesh Debnanth

Principal Software Architect

Amalesh has proved himself as a top notch back end engineer. He is known for jump-starting product development, and resolving challenging technical issues. Amalesh is our lead web and database architect. His calm, focused spirit guides the development process through complex initiatives to success.

Ferdous Mohammed Shahriar

Principal Software Architect

Shahriar has over 8 years of experience in software development. He previously held positions with Trippert Labs, Playdom and Walt Disney where he was involved in the development of mobile applications. Shahriar is the lead developer for our iOS and Android application development team and lead developer for all iOS applications.

Staff

Caleb King

Sales

Caleb’s role with LifeData involves onboarding and customer support for researchers. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business.

Ellen Steinke

Marketing

Ellen’s role with LifeData involves customer success and marketing. She has been active in a faculty-student research group that is currently applying ecological momentary intervention to the study of human flourishing.

Lindsay Wood

Undergraduate Intern

Lindsay supports the LifeData Sales & Marketing Team as a student intern. Her role involves maintaining social media posts & statistics, writing blogs, and keeping up to date on current experience sampling research.