Julie Kientz Research Group

Winter 2017

Designing for Family Health Informatics

We are looking for 4 students for Winter Quarter to help with us with building, testing, deploying, and evaluating technologies for family health. Our work focuses 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 prototype and build health data tracking tools to enable family members to think about their health together. This DRG will require you to have design skills, technical programming skills, and deploy and interview in family homes. We are looking for students with web development: such as python, javascript and visualization libraries, such as D3, C3, and others. Alternatively, students who have completed HCDE 318/418/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 or have relevant experience will be given priority.

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by Research Associate Laura Pina, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz.

Interested? Please complete the following survey by December 12, 2016. After that time, you will be contacted to have a quick meeting depending on the match, and given an add code to register. Students that complete the survey after the deadline will be added to a waitlist.


Autumn 2016

Epiphany moments: Understanding catalysts for health behavior change

What can we learn from people who are working towards or have achieved changes in their health behavior? Are there specific moments of “epiphanies” that motivated them to take steps towards positive health outcomes? Theories of behavior change and prior work suggest that many factors come into play to catalyze an individual’s process of behavior change, such as social pressure, increased self-awareness or self-knowledge, and lifestyle changes. In this DRG, we will aim to gain in-depth empirical understanding of these factors and explore if we can design technology to catalyze such motivators of behavior change for those who are not yet motivated to change.

Activities: We expect to work together on to design and conduct interviews, surveys, qualitative analysis, and brainstorming design ideas. Readings and discussions will be based on what will help the team learn related work and relevant skills. We look forward to work with 3-4 students who have interest in the topic and/or have prior experience in conducting interviews and analyzing qualitative data such as HCDE 313/418/518. Depending on progress, students may have the option to continue on this project after the quarter ends.

Please note that we believe this research group has filled for fall 2016.

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