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Designing with Adolescence and Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors

In this work we explore the needs AYA childhood cancer survivors as they transition from pediatric care to primary care, and into adulthood. As part of a multiphase action research project, I work with collaborators from USC, a Southern California hospital and other community organization to design a socio-technical intervention that supports the experience and needs of survivors, caregivers, clinicians and community organizations.

Research method: Interview; Focus Group; Co-Design Workshop; Qualitative Analysis (e.g. Affinity Diagrams, open coding, thematic analysis, memos)

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Project simplify: Reducing complexity of Tele-Health systems for People at Low Socioeconomic Positions

In collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Veniot as part of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Summer Immersion Program

Create a tele-health intervention to support low socio-economic position people living in Detroit. We aimed to improve the tele-health literacy of patients by creating resources and providing technology support over the span of two weeks.

Research method: Interview, intervention deployment

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Understanding Motivation and Information Behavior in Marginalized Communities

In collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Veniot : Enhancing Community Health Information Infrastructure

In this work we seek to understand factors (collective and individual) that motivate Black and African Americans living with one or more chronic diseases (Diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease) in disadvantaged urban communities to seek, use and share information needed to manage their health.

This work has implications for clinical care, and community health intervention in the reduction of health disparities among African Americans living in disadvantaged urban communities.

Research method: Conduct Qualitative Analysis (e.g. Deductive coding)

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Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash


A novel wearable system to supports children with ADHD to develop self-regulation skills and track their progress.

We conduct a pilot study in which children with ADHD are given a smartwatch to use as part of a digital health intervention (DHI) to support them in improving their self regulation skills. 10 children are given the smartwatch for 6 weeks, and interviewed twice to understand their experience with the watch. Results from this study are used to guide the research trajectory and understand the feasibility of personal informatics systems as a DHI among children with ADHD.

Research Method: Field deployment; digital health intervention; Interviews ; Qualitative analysis


A multimodal probe for exploring opportunities in food journaling.

In this work we explore opportunities for manual food journaling using multiple input modalities and multiple devices to make journaling more accessible by taking advantage of a person’s daily range of interaction with technologies. We present on the potential for multimodal and multi-device systems on lowering journaling burden and supporting food journaling goals.