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Katie Siek Receives NSF CAREER Award


July 2009

Assistant Professor Katie Siek was recently awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award by the National Science Foundation. The Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. Siek's work is titled CAREER: Health Bridge: Motivating Personal Health Record Adoption by Low -Income Communities.

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The increase in obesity and related chronic illnesses has motivated academic, government, and commercial sectors to address this epidemic. Assistive technology interventions provide an inexpensive method to disseminate information, track health metrics, and give personalized feedback on outcomes for individuals. However the effectiveness of these interventions is limited for low-income communities because the interventions have been designed with little consideration for the social and environmental context of health-related behaviors. Personal Health Records (PHRs) can assist individuals receive personalized feedback and authoritative health information, but have not been widely adopted because of privacy, usability, and updating issues. The research objectives of this proposal are to discover how to integrate PHRs into everyday life and empower individuals to confidently secure their PHR data with privacy interfaces. The research is relies upon community-based, iterative, participatory design activities including contextual interviews, design workshops, shadowing, and iterative evaluation of prototypes to develop a integrative PHR framework called Health Bridge.

The research supporting Health Bridge includes community building, curriculum design, and K-12 outreach activities. Dr. Siek and the Wellness Innovation and Interaction Lab will collaborate with The Bridge Project to design Health Bridge. Research methodology and results will be integrated into her established health related course and specialized undergraduate curriculum in health related informatics. In addition, Dr. Siek and her students will help increase the pipeline of future informaticians by developing outreach materials that will be distributed by the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the Computer Science Teachers Association Roadshow initiatives.

The approximately $608,962 award is expected to fund the research over a five-year period.

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