In my research, I study how social computing technology mediates human behavior for everyday health and wellness. I design new technologies to encourage positive behavior change, and study how those systems affect individuals and communities. I’m particularly interested in understanding the interplay between people’s social sense of self and their identities as healthy and active individuals. In my research I seek insight into the ways computing technologies can mediate and influence behavior change with respect to everyday health and wellness.
In my dissertation research, I designed and deployed StepStream, a social pervasive health system for middle school students to share and encourage everyday fitness activity. StepStream is a multi-week pervasive health deployment consisting of an after school program, wireless pedometers and a social network site. I've used it to better understand how online social activity can motivate offline health behaviors in youth, and I designed the system in collaboration with students from a local middle school.
CHI 2014 publication
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