Elin Björling

Summer 2021

Insomnia Chatbots

Chatbots are being utilized in novel ways to reach people when traditional therapeutic treatments might be expensive or less accessible. Many breast cancer survivors suffer from insomnia, which can be effectively treated through a type of therapy called Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). This DRG will focus on helping researchers in the School of Nursing evaluate the usability of a SMS-based chatbot being developed to deliver CBT to breast cancer survivors with insomnia. Individuals with experience recruiting for and conducting usability studies are especially encouraged to apply.

Faculty and staff involved: Kerryn Reding, a nurse and epidemiologist at the University of Washington School of Nursing, conducts research on outcomes of morbidity and mortality in breast cancer survivors. This includes a focus on lifestyle interventions involving innovative technology to reduce morbidities related to cardiovascular disease, sleep dysfunction, and exercise intolerance in breast cancer survivors. Ava Sazanami is a content strategist and user researcher focusing on creating accessible healthcare technology at the University of Washington. Elin Björling HCDE senior research scientist is the faculty sponsor.

To apply to the DRG, please send emails of interest with a CV attached to Ava Sazanami at

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