I study how social computing technology can empower people to help each other with their everyday health and wellness. I design pervasive technologies to encourage and enable new forms of social support online and offline, and I work with participants to shape both the technical systems and in-the-wild deployments.
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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