Julie Kientz Research Group

Spring 2016

Understanding and Designing for a Family Perspective on Health Informatics

Meeting time: Fridays, 2–3 p.m.
Location: CSE 678

This DRG is led by HCDE Research Associate Laura Pina, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz.

We are looking for 4 students for Spring Quarter to help with conducting interviews and design sessions that focus on family health. There is rich work around how to design for personal health but less on how to design in the family context — where the health of every family member depends on one another.  You have the opportunity to help us understand this space.

Activities of this research group will include working with the research team to conduct interviews with families, analyze data, and potentially build and prototype health data tracking tools to enable family members to think about their health together. This DRG will require you to interview families at their home. Students who have completed HCDE 318/418/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 or have relevant experience will be given priority. Alternatively, students who have experience with Android prototyping and development will also be considered. 

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596. Interested? Please complete the following survey by March 9th. After that time, depending on availability, you will be given an add code to register or be added to a waitlist:

Reading Group: Game Design and Theory

This reading group will bring together students and faculty to read and discuss research papers relevant to the design, evaluation, and theory of games and video games. Each week, there will be two students assigned to choose and lead the group a discussion on a single paper they select. This will be a 1-credit hour course for HCDE 596, with 2 hours per week of reading and 1 hour per week of group discussion. The group will meet on Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. in 427 Sieg Hall. This group will be co-led by Ph.D student John Porter and Associate Professor Julie Kientz. If you are interested in registering, please contact John Porter at

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