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| Envisioning equitable technology solutions through design |


About Christina N. Harrington, Ph.D.


I am a designer and qualitative researcher who focuses on understanding and conceptualizing technology experiences that support health and wellness among older adults and individuals with disabilities. My research is interested in finding ways to employ design as a catalyst for health equity and socially responsible technology experiences. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Inclusive Technology Lab at Northwestern University. Here, I conduct qualitative and exploratory design inquiries by leveraging co-creation and community-based participatory research methods to understand the health technology needs and experiences of individuals who have been marginalized along multiple dimensions of identity (age, race, ethnicity, income, class).

Right now I’m interested in exploring the ways we can leverage methods of participatory research to understand health as a sociotechnical experience and in turn, inform design of health technologies to support both function and social acceptance among older adults. I’m also interested in the ways community-based participatory design can support the empowerment of health behaviors among underserved communities and how we can take a more equitable approach to the design of online health resources to address issues of technology proficiency and health literacy. My objective in addressing these research questions is to design and implement health-related interventions that promote holistic wellbeing and improve long-term health behaviors. I explore concepts of wellness and health maintenance, including the ways individuals perceive health technologies as well as the sociocultural positioning and acceptance of these technologies.

You can view my full CV here.


Travel and News

May 8, 2019 | I’ll be presenting at CHI 2019. If you’re there, let’s connect!

April 24, 2019 | I’m conducting a workshop on Interface Prototyping at Northwestern University. Feel free to come check it out.

April 6, 2019 | I’ll be presenting on Ethical Research Methods in Computing at the Black ComputeHer Conference in Washington, DC.

My paper with Katya Borgos-Rodriguez and Anne Marie Piper on Engaging Low-Income African-American Older Adults in Health Discussions through Design has been accepted to CHI 2019!

November 16, 2018 | I will be giving a research talk at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in their School of Informatics and Computing Colloquia Series.

November 14, 2018 | I gave a presentation for the IBM Watson Health Behavior Change Design Guild special interest group

October 23, 2018 | I was featured in the XRDS ACM Magazine for Students. Check out my feature on Computer Scientists in Action!

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