Gary Hsieh

Summer 2019

Implementing Mental Health Strategies in Everyday Life

Many people cope with mental health challenges. People develop strategies to cope with stressful situations and to improve outcomes for supporting mental health. In this DRG we seek to understand how people implement strategies to support mental health in their everyday life. Through a qualitative study we will understand how people work with health providers to decide on goals to support mental health, how individuals implement solutions towards mental health goals, and how people update their goals and strategies as they try to implement them every day. We will be working in the context of depression and older adults, focusing on people who are working with a therapist towards their goals.

Requirements: It is strongly recommended that students took HCDE 313/418/518. If you have not taken any of these courses please provide a strong explanation of your interest in participating in the DRG, and any other relevant experience that would inform your participation in the DRG.

DRG Activities: During the DRG we will conduct an interview and diary study to understand how people implement mental health strategies in their everyday life. We will also analyze interactions between clients and therapists to understand their practices in setting goals and planning actions during the therapy session.

We will finalize protocols to interview clients and therapists, analyze therapy sessions between clients and therapists, conduct interviews with therapists and clients, and analyze qualitative data.

Students will be expected to participate in some or all of: recruiting participants, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data, and writing up results.

We will meet for 90 minutes weekly. The time and day of the DRG will be decided to accommodate the schedule of accepted students and research team.

Credits: We expect students to register for at least 2 credits, and we highly encourage students to register for 3-4 credits HCDE 496/596; for each credit you should expect to spend about three hours of work per week. If you are seeking research experience but cannot sign up for credits, please explain in your application.

Students will get exposure to a variety of facets of the research process, and can expect to work closely PhD Student Elena Agapie, with guidance from Prof. Gary Hsieh and Sean Munson. Please contact Elena Agapie ( if you have questions.

To apply, fill in this form (Deadline: Thursday, June 6). We will be making decisions soon after the deadline.

Summer 2019

To reply or to quote?: Conversational frames on Twitter

How we interact with simple design features on online platforms can lead to larger consequences. For example, downstream threads that emerge from replied tweets vs quoted tweets can support different kinds of conversational frames. For investigating this further, we are organizing a Directed Research Group (DRG) 'To reply or to quote?: Conversational frames on Twitter' this summer 2019. There is also a possibility to get involved in a research publication at the end of the DRG.

We are looking for students who:

Are curious about human conversations on social media
Have some experience or want to learn qualitative research methods
Are keen to learn about experimental designs
Want to register for 3-4 summer credits (i.e. 9-12 hours of weekly work)

The group will be facilitated by PhD student Himanshu Zade and advised by Prof. Kate Starbird and Prof. Gary Hsieh. If you are excited to participate, please send a cover letter (explaining your interest) and resume to Himanshu ( 

Dr. Hsieh's Research Group archive