Participant Profiles

Patti Abbott / Website / University of Michigan
Dr. Patricia Abbott is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Prior to arriving at the University of Michigan, she was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Medicine. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral NIH funded research fellowship in the Department of Computer Science in the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) at the University of Maryland College Park where she focused upon the design of usable and error-mitigating HIT. Dr. Abbott extended her research background in knowledge discovery in large datasets (data analytics) at the HCIL by also focusing upon visualization (making sense of huge collections of healthcare data in a way that provides value), human computer interaction, and user-centered design. She has expanded that body of knowledge into low-resource mHealth/eHealth development and study, partnering with the University of Michgian’s Center for Health Communications Research and the University of Michgian’s Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Dr. Abbott is focused on e-Health/mHealth applications for low-resource settings and vulnerable populations, particularly in Latin America, with a primary focus on non-communicable diseases and digital education.

Dr. Abbott is a member of the Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section at the US National Institutes of Health. She was the founding director of the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM), a low bandwidth electronic community of practice – part of the WHO/RHR Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Knowledge Gateway. Patti served as the Co-Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Management while at Hopkins and is now a member of the Office of Global Outreach at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Hispanic Nursing.

Mark Ackerman / Website / University of Michigan, School of Information

Mark Ackerman is is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Professor in the School of Information and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His major research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), primarily Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). He has published widely in HCI and CSCW, investigating collaborative information access in online knowledge communities, medical settings, expertise sharing, and pervasive environments. Mark is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow) and an ACM Fellow. Mark has degrees from the University of Chicago (BA, history in the social sciences), Ohio State (MS, computer science), and MIT (PhD, information technologies).

Uba Backonja / Website / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Uba Backonja, MS RN, is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. She is currently completing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. Her primary research focus is to support women’s health across the lifespan by working with young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to establish a foundation of health promotion and disease prevention early in life. Her interests include psychoneuroimmunology, health inequities, person-centered interventions, mHealth, and data visualization.

Andrea Barbarin / Website / University of Michigan, School of Information
Andrea Barbarin is a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) studying human-computer interaction and health informatics. Her research interests include health information behavior and health behavior change in underserved communities. Additionally, as an experienced attorney, she is interested in the relationship between health information technology policy and consumer health application design. Andrea is advised by Dr. Tiffany Veinot.

Laurie Buis / Website / University of Michigan
Dr. Lorraine Buis is an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, where her research focuses on the use of communication technologies for health promotion and chronic disease self-management. She has specific interest in cell phone-based interventions to reduce health disparities in underserved minorities and works with a multidisciplinary research team representing academic disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Computer Science, Information Science, and Communication. Dr. Buis completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Ann Arbor VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence after obtaining her PhD in Mass Media from the Michigan State University Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. Additionally, she holds a Master’s of Science in Information degree with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan School of Information, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Kay Connelly / Website / Indiana University
Dr. Kay Connelly is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Indiana University. She is a co-director of CLEAR Health Information. Her research focuses on user acceptance of ubiquitous and mobile computing technologies where there is a delicate balance between such factors as convenience, control and privacy. Dr. Connelly’s most recent work emphasizes health and wellness applications to empower both the ill and the healthy to manage and improve their own health and make healthy choices. She has a B.S and B.A. from Indiana University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Shelia Cotten / Website / Michigan State University
Shelia R. Cotten, a sociologist, is a professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course, and the health, educational, and social impacts of this use. Her work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging.

Michael J. Gonzales / Website / University of Notre Dame
Michael J. Gonzales is a PhD Student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, advised by Dr. Laurel Riek. He performs research in the areas human-computer interaction, health informatics, and affective computing and applies this research to real-world issues focused on patient-provider communication and provider team communication. Michael received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. He is a 2013 Adobe GEM Fellow.

Kathleen A. Harder / Website / University of Minnesota
Dr. Kathleen Harder directs the Center for Design in Health at the University of Minnesota and has extensive experience in process and technology design to facilitate improved human performance in health care. Her research focus uses both quantitative and qualitative cognitive psychology research methods to design health care delivery systems to foster cognitive engagement and improve human performance. Dr. Harder has employed successful problem solving methods designed to increase cognitive engagement by addressing the constraints of human processing of information. Examples of Dr. Harder’s previous interventions include preventing the loss/mishandling of surgical specimens, designing electronic medical records to facilitate more effective and efficient care delivery, and processes to prevent wrong-site surgical procedures and unintentionally retained foreign objects following surgery.

Dr. Harder is a co-investigator of a $16-million innovation grant to the Mayo Clinic funded by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Innovation Center. The focus of the CMS project involves the design and implementation of an electronic patient information system to ultimately deliver more effective and efficient critical care. In addition, Dr. Harder has designed and is involved in laboratory-controlled experiments for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to test driver understanding, comprehension, and compliance with electronic road signs containing variable messaging. Her focus in consumer health is on designing cognitively digestible health information to facilitate more effective and efficient consumer engagement in their care.

Jina Huh / Website / Michigan State University
My research area largely lies in social media for health. I have been studying online health communities and video blogs for how individuals with chronic illness exchange peer help and how health professionals can deliver clinical expertise to patients’ everyday settings. I am taking part in MSU’s Trifecta initiative, which is to link various expertise from the Colleges of Engineering, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Nursing to facilitate interdisciplinary research in communication technology and health. I publish at JBI, IJMI, CHI, CSCW, and AMIA and have served as a program committee member at CHI and CSCW. I finished the National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington Medicine, received PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information, a Masters from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelors degree from the Department of Film and Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts.

Elizabeth Kaziunas / Website / University of Michigan

Elizabeth Kaziunas is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Her current research examines practices around managing chronic illness and designing technology to support collaborative health information work in both clinical and community contexts.

Pedja Klasnja / Website / University of Michigan
Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. He works at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics, investigating how mobile technologies can help individuals manage their health in everyday life. Pedja holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington, where he was also a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Albert Lai / Website / The Ohio State University
Albert M. Lai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University. He is also the Associate Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lai’s research interests include clinical and translational research, automated pre-screening for clinical trials recruitment, telemedicine to support chronic disease management, and the evaluation and usability of human computer interfaces for electronic health records.

Dr. Lai earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, where his research focused on remote training of older adults to use the IDEATel telemedicine system. He also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Haley MacLeod / Website / Indiana University
Haley MacLeod is a first year PhD student in the health Informatics program at Indiana University. Prior to starting her PhD, she studied at the University of Calgary in the Interactions Lab. She is interested in self-tracking for health and wellness.

Sriraam Natarajan / Website / Indiana University
Dr. Sriraam Natarajan, Assistant Professor, Indiana University. Prior to joining IU, Dr. Natarajan was an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a post-doctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and had graduated with his Ph.D. from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Dr. Natarajan is a leading researcher in Statistical Relational Learning, and has worked extensively in developing SRL models for text mining and medical informatics research.

His other research interests are in the area of Artificial Intelligence, with emphasis on Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Graphical Models and Bio-Medical Applications. He is the recipient of the Young Investigator award from US Army Research Oce. He has served on the PC of several conferences/workshops such as AAAI, IJCAI, ICML, ILP and SRL. Dr. Natarajan was also the co-organizer of the AAAI 2010, the UAI 2012 and AAAI 2013 workshops on Statistical Relational AI (StarAI), ICML 2012 Workshop on Statistical Relational Learning, and the ECML PKDD 2011 and 2012 workshops on Collective Learning and Inference on Structured Data (Co-LISD). He will serve as the co-chair of the AAAI student abstract and posters at AAAI 2014.

Kimberly Oakes – Indiana University
Kim Oakes is a first year PhD student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Alabama in May 2013. Her research interests include promoting healthful nutrition and exercise through technology.

Laurel Riek / Website / University of Notre Dame
Dr. Laurel Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and directs the Robotics, Health, and Communication (RHC) Lab. She engages in basic research in the areas social signal processing, robotics, and human-machine interaction; and applies it to the design of technological interventions in healthcare. She is interested in using technology to improve healthcare delivery and safety, with a particular focus on clinical communication. In 2013, she received an NSF CAREER award for her work on novel human patient simulators that are able to facially express pain, stroke, cerebral palsy, and other neurological impairments to learners. Other RHC lab projects include mHealth interventions to improve patient-centered communication, computationally modeling inter-professional group dynamics, and designing spatially-interactive shared displays to reduce errors in the ICU.

Charles Senteio / Website / University of Michigan
Charles Senteio is an entrepreneur, and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information concentrating on Community Health Informatics. His research focuses on improving chronic disease health outcomes for vulnerable patients, focusing on improving the capture and use of psychosocial information to inform clinical decision making.

Katie Siek / Website / Indiana University
Katie Siek is an associate professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She has been awarded a CRA-W Borg Early Career Award and a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she earned her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College.

Catherine Arnott Smith / Website / University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catherine Arnott Smith was a medical librarian in academic and corporate settings before she was awarded an NLM Medical Informatics traineeship in 1997. She holds master’s degrees in American History and library and information studies (University of Michigan, 1992). In addition, she received a master’s in information science/medical informatics (2000) and a doctorate in library and information science/medical informatics (2002) through the Center (now Department) of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s information school. Prof. Smith’s research interests include consumer health vocabulary, health information systems for the disabled, and clinical information provision in nonclinical settings like public libraries.

Tammy Toscos / Website / Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Tammy Toscos is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics in the School of Health and Human Services and the Department of Nursing at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Her research interests are motivated by prior professional experience as a healthcare provider and include leveraging technology to empower individuals to better manage their chronic disease and motivate healthy people to improve their health. She is interested in designing technologies that help support patient decision-making and improve communication between patients, care givers, and healthcare providers. Tammy holds a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University (2011) and recently completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis (2013).

Tiffany Veinot / Website / University of Michigan
Dr. Tiffany Veinot is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She also has a cross-appointment at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Dept. of Health Behavior and Health Education. Veinot’s primary research interests focus on community health informatics, including three key themes: 1) Identifying factors that affect health information access, acquisition and use in marginalized communities and families; 2) Characterizing “mismatches” between health information services/technologies and the needs, priorities and behaviors of their intended users; and 3) Developing a conceptual foundation for “community health informatics” interventions.

Veinot’s published research has garnered awards from the Journal of Documentation, Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) – SIG USE, and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).

She has held or co-held grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). Veinot is also a member of the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee (BLIRC) at the National Library of Medicine and is a member of the Scientific Program Committee of the 2014 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium.

Prior to completing her PhD, Veinot had more than ten years of managerial and professional experience in health-related nonprofit organizations. In recognition of her leadership in the nonprofit sector, Veinot has received several awards, including being profiled in Who’s Who of Canadian Women.


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