Personal Health Informatics: Theory, Design and Assessment of Mobile Health Technologies

Cray Distinguished Speaker Series
May 1, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
Georgia Institute of Technology
Keller 3-125
ABSTRACT: Improving the health of the nation’s population and the healthcare system that supports disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention is a critical national and societal priority. The unique capabilities of pervasive technologies have the potential to transform healthcare practices by shifting care from institutional to home settings, by helping individuals engage in their own care, by facilitating problem solving and behavior change, and by creating a network of communication and collaboration channels that truly enables patient (person)-centered care.

In this talk, I will draw a decade of research that explores the combination of computing research, human-centered design, and health management theory to create promising approaches for promoting wellness, supporting behavior change and delivering improved health outcomes.

BIO: Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a College of Computing Professor, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab. She investigates the design and evaluation of health information technologies including creating personalized mobile technology for supporting breast cancer patients during their cancer journey, evaluating mobile sensing and mHealth engagement for pediatric epilepsy patients and their caregivers, and investigating the positive and negative influence of social media on self-harm behaviors such as eating disorders. She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting.

Mynatt is also the Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. She serves as member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and as an ACM Council Member at Large. She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1998, Mynatt was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC, working with the founder of ubiquitous computing, Mark Weiser. Dr. Mynatt earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.