I'm an Associate Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing department in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indianapolis.
In my research, I study how social computing technology can empower people to help each other with their health and wellness. I design pervasive technologies to encourage and enable new forms of social support online and offline, and I work with youth and their families as participants to shape both the technical systems and in-the-wild deployments. I am currently focused on research related to my NSF CAREER award, a five-year grant to support my research into family resilience technologies.
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When a child is hospitalized with a serious illness, their family members must process emotional stress, quickly absorb complicated clinical information, and take on new caregiving tasks. They also have to coordinate with each other and with other family caregivers without abandoning existing work and home life responsibilities. Previous CSCW and HCI research has shown how the patient’s experience changes across the illness journey, but less is known about the effect of this journey on family caregivers and their coordination work. CSCW technologies could support and augment family care coordination work across the journey, reducing stress levels and improving families’ ability to stay connected and informed. In this paper, we report findings from an interview study we conducted with 14 parents of children undergoing extended hospitalization for cancer treatment. We propose the concept of caregiving coordination journeys and describe caregivers’ current communication and coordination practices across different phases of the hospitalization journey, from diagnosis and early hospitalization to extended hospitalization and beyond. We characterize families’ caregiving coordination routines across different time scales, and describe the current role of communication technologies in families’ coordination practices. We then propose design opportunities for social computing technologies to support and augment families’ communication and caregiving work during the hospitalization journey of their child.
When their child is hospitalized, parents take on new caregiving roles, in addition to their existing home and work-related responsibilities. Previous CSCW research has shown how technologies can support caregiving, but more research is needed to systematically understand how technology could support parents and other family caregivers as they adopt new coordination roles in their collaborations with each other. This paper reports findings from an interview study with parents of children hospitalized for cancer treatment. We used the Role Theory framework from the social sciences to show how parents adopt and enact caregiving roles during hospitalization and the challenges they experience as they adapt to this stressful situation. We show how parents experience ‘role strain’ as they attempt to divide caregiving work and introduce the concept of ‘inter-caregiver information disparity.’ We propose design opportunities for caregiving coordination technologies to better support caregiving roles in multi-caregiver teams.