Andrea Parker

Assistant Professor: Interdisciplinary with Bouve College of Health Sciences

Current Research Projects

  • Participatory design and evaluation of expressive software (e.g., digital games and storytelling tools) that use behavioral data to promote knowledge acquisition, value forming, and healthy habits in low-income families
  • Participatory design and evaluation of software tools that help community residents advocate for healthier behaviors, environmental & policy change in their neighborhoods
  • Empirical study assessing how technology mediates the provision of social support in parent-adolescent relationships and how software can better facilitate the provision of such support
  • Systematic review of mHealth (mobile health) interventions addressing wellness in vulnerable populations
  • Cluster evaluation of Aetna Foundation projects using interactive systems to address health equity

Research Interests

Human-computer interaction; personal health informatics; social computing, including systems that connect neighbors, peers, and family members to collectively improve their wellness; the design and evaluation of software tools that help citizens identify and address locally-relevant health issues; digital games for health promotion; the design of systems that evocatively represent (e.g., visualize) sensor-collected behavioral and contextual data for reflection and behavior change; computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW); mobile and ubiquitous computing; ethnographic and qualitative empirical methods; health disparities.

Education

  • BS in Computer Science | Northeastern University
  • PhD in Human-Centered Computing

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Biography

Andrea Grimes Parker is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, with joint appointments in the College of Computer & Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Her interdisciplinary research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Personal Health Informatics examines how social and ubiquitous computing systems can help reduce racial, ethnic, and economic health disparities. She uses in-depth fieldwork to examine the intra-personal, social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence a person’s ability and desire to make healthy decisions. Using the insights gained in these investigations, she designs and evaluates mobile, ubiquitous and collaborative computing systems that support health and wellness. Much of her research has focused on the design of interactive systems that help neighborhoods care for themselves, and systems that encourage adolescent and family-based behavior change.

Dr. Parker’s research has yielded best paper nominations at the premier HCI conferences and she has served on technical program committees for the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) top HCI conferences, including CHI, CSCW and Ubicomp. She currently serves as the National Evaluator for Aetna Foundation projects on digital approaches to health equity and Co-Chair of Late-Breaking Work for CHI 2016. Dr. Parker is also a 2015-2016 NEU Humanities Center Fellow.

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