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Sean Munson: Frameworks for Human Centered Design of Complex Psychosocial Interventions

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Genevieve Avornyo   (312) 503-6585

Group: CBITs

Category: Academic


2023-2024 Digital Mental Health Lecture Series 
The Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs)
Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Society for Digital Mental Health 

Sean Munson, PhD, University of Michigan

Title: Frameworks for Human Centered Design of Complex Psychosocial Interventions 

Join us Tuesday, March 5th at:  
Noon to 1pm, Central Time 

Register to attend Zoom webinar series. 

About our guest speaker: 

Dr. Sean Munson is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering and co-director of the UW ALACRITY Center at the University of Washington. In his research, Sean develops and evaluates techniques for collecting and making sense of data about one's health and wellbeing, designing for coordination and collaboration, and bringing together the expertise necessary to understand and act on personal health data.
Sean's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Google. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and is a Distinguished Member of the ACM. Sean completed a BS in Engineering at Olin College in 2006 and his PhD at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2012. Previously, he was a political blogger and, while at Boeing, designed concepts for future passenger airplane interiors.


About talk

Many people prefer psychosocial interventions for mental health care or other concerns. These interventions are often complex and unavailable in settings where people seek care, in part due to their complexity. Intervention designers, as well as researchers in human computer interaction, have used technology to scale and improve the reach of interventions, add new touchpoints to existing interventions, enhance interventions' usability, and imagine new interventions. Doing so requires approaches that bring together strengths of clinical, implementation science, human centered design, and human computer interaction research.

In this talk, I will present two approaches for doing so. One is the UW ALACRITY Center’s discover, design, build, and test framework which combines implementation science and human centered design to describe a process for improving the usability, engagement, and appropriateness of interventions and implementation strategies to increase adoption, fidelity, and reach and, ultimately, improve treatment outcomes. The second is framework that relates theories of change (from mental health) into design briefs (in HCI), at the scopes of capabilities, components, intervention systems, and intervention implementations, to bridge and coordinate efforts across fields. I review lessons learned from applying each framework to conducting and communicating research and in the training of researchers seeking to apply human centered design in their research.


Note: if you attended Aaron Lyon's 2022 presentation and/or Petr Slovak's 2023 talk, this will be a direct sequel to each.

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