Julie Kientz Research Group

Spring 2020

Interactive mobile app to support individuals with tuberculosis (TB)

TB is an urgent global health threat and the world’s deadliest infectious disease despite it being largely curable. Treatment success rates remain below the standards set by the World Health Organization and there is need for improved individual support and monitoring to ensure treatment success and cure. 

In this DRG, we will build on our prior work to refine/reenvision the design specifications for the mobile web app that links a paper-based drug metabolite urine test strip modified for home use. The redesigns may be used for next stage incorporation of current functioning app being piloted in Argentina. Activities will include redesigning based on pilot study feedback, co-design with new collaborators, and designing for low literacy, limited data plans, and low resource settings. 


  • Able to participate in study sessions in Spring 2020
  • At least one team member must have an advanced Spanish language level to interact with Spanish speaking collaborators/colleagues and for translation of the text within the app
  • User research / UI experience / design and project management 
  • The meeting day/time per week will be determined by the group. Meetings will be 1.5 hours in Spring quarter. 

If interested in applying, please complete this catalyst survey by March 13, 2020.

This research group will be led by Assistant Professor Sarah Iribarren (Nursing), with guidance from Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

Spring 2020

Children's Digital Media and Technologies Design Toolkit

Led by Ph.D. student Saba Kawas and Professor Julie Kientz

Meeting Time: Tuesdays From 1 –3 p.m. 

Registration: Research Group Course Credit: 2-4 CR/NC 
Application deadline: 3/3/2020 Decisions 3/6/2020

Research Group Overview

We are looking for a few students to join our Design Toolkit DRG to help inform the UX design process of interactive technologies for children in the Spring. Students who are interested in applied research or have strong back end development or illustration and graphic design skills are encouraged to apply.  In this DRG, we continue to prototype and design the children's design toolkit that translates academic research findings into actionable insights that can be easily used by UX designers in the industry.


Include translating Interaction Design & Children's research findings with practical relevance into actionable design tips and guidelines; create the visual designs of the toolkit prototype, and deploy and evaluating the toolkit with UX design professionals.

This research group will be led by Ph.D. student Saba Kawas, with guidance from Professor Julie Kientz. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email us at


This DRG is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all fields.
Students are expected to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.
We will meet on Tuesdays from 1 pm–3 pm during the Spring quarter of 2020.

Interested? Please complete the form below by 3/3/2020.  


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