Health Informatics

Health Informatics

Improving the ability to access, understand, and make use of health information.

Research Projects

Advancing Personal Informatics through Semi-Automated Tracking

Self-monitoring for older adults and surgical patients can be difficult but beneficial–increased awareness, reduced negative behaviors, goal setting. This research looks at whether combining manual and automatic tracking (semi-automated tracking) can promote user engagement while reducing user burden for the best data collection.

Collaborative Research: EAGER: Systems for Assisting in Emotion Regulation in the Wild

Emotion regulation (ER) is an essential skill in the workplace and everyday life. Failure to manage the type, intensity, and duration of emotions can result in not just misunderstandings, but also damage to people, relationships, and organizations.

Crowdsourcing community resources to help individuals manage chronic health conditions

Individuals with chronic health conditions often do not translate knowledge of appropriate health behaviors to manage their condition into active lifestyle changes.

Facilitating Health Information Disclosure Online through Privacy Protection

Patient openness to sharing data is critical for the success of big data in healthcare. However, there is a tension between privacy and disclosure.

Breastfeeding without nursing: The information behavior of those who exclusively pump human milk

Human milk (HM) is regarded as optimal nutrition for infants and the perfect version of milk for the first years of life.

Designing Technology to Increase Adoption of Healthy Behaviors in Men in the Context of Light Food Consumption

The general problem of rising obesity is widely understood as a health threat. Men participate in more risky behaviors which are deemed masculine, and are hesitant to adopt healthy behaviors which are deemed feminine.

Electronic Health Record Implementation Findings at a Large, Suburban Health and Human Services Department

While most hospitals and outpatient clinics have made the transition to electronic health records (EHRs), this is not the case for public health departments.

Understanding the Effect of Media in Dementia Attitudes

Attitudes towards dementia have concrete impacts on the ability of people with dementia to maintain and create social connections with others, to engage in meaningful activity, and to receive appropriate and respectful care.

Designing a Crowdsourced Repository of Local Resources for Individuals who have Chronic Health Conditions

Self-management support is a critical component of effective chronic illness care. Individuals who have chronic health conditions often require intensive support to make sustainable long-term lifestyle changes to improve and maintain their health. While there is strong existing literature on the lifestyle and health decisions of the chronically ill, their information needs are understudied.

Assessing the Value of an Online Repository of Local Resources for People Who Have Chronic Health Conditions

Drawing on an exploratory study involving 15 semi-structured in-depth interviews with individuals who have chronic health conditions, this study investigates their experiences searching for information on local resources to manage their health more effectively.

Milk Expression Research Lab (MERL): Proof of concept and feasibility of an investigation into claimed versus actual breast pump specifications and performance

​Human milk (HM) provides optimal nutrition for infants and the perfect version of milk for the first years of life. However, a variety of barriers to breastfeeding exist and, while the overwhelming majority of parents initiate breastfeeding at birth, most do not breastfeed for as long as they initially desired, despite the negative health and emotional consequences associated with early breastfeeding cessation.

Designing and Evaluating a Conversational Agent for Mental Health Support

Many people with mental health issues face significant challenges getting the help they need.  Psychological counseling or psychiatry services could be a luxury expense for people under financial stress. 5.1 million American adults, including 2.8 million with severe mental illness, did not receive services because they could not afford the cost of care (Lipari, 2018). Beyond structural barriers, fear of being stigmatized also prevents people from seeking help for mental health concerns (Lannin et al., 2013). 

The AGEP Alliance State System Model to Transform the Hiring Practices and Career Success of Tenure Track Historically Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Biomedical Sciences

This collaborative research brings together five public universities with the goal of developing, implementing, studying, evaluating and disseminating a state level AGEP Alliance model to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority (URM) tenure-track faculty in the biomedical sciences.