A critical element of evidence based psychosocial treatments is goal setting and practicing skills learned in therapy during everyday life. In this work we understand needs and design tools to support patients and clinicians in collaborating to design mental health interventions aligned with the patient's everyday life.
I lead a team of clinical psychologists and HCI researchers to identify opportunities for clinicians and patients to collaborate and iteratively design, plan, implement and revise therapy goals and planned activities, longitudinally, in the context of Problem Solving Therapy for depressed older adults.
Iterative Design of Between-Therapy Session Interventions in Problem Solving Therapy PIs: E Agapie, P Arean, Mentors: SA Munson, G Hsieh NIMH, UW Alacrity Center for Psychosocial Interventions Project Award of $50,000
Technology has made it easier to seek help from others to accomplish their goals. In this research I understand how people can get support from peers with different levels of expertise (friends, family, online peers, crowd members) to support implementation of exercise and diet goals. Based on this I design and build tools that support the design of personalized action plans for exercise goals.
This research shows that friends and strangers can develop basic action plans for others to exercise more, eat healthier or save money. Both friends and crowd members have different levels of expertise in actions they recommend to people, such as: diversity and feasibility of ideas, level of personalization, availability of accountability, how easy it is to disclose information with.
PlanSourcing: Generating Behavior Change Plans with Friends and Crowds E Agapie, L Colusso, SA Munson, G Hsieh CSCW 2016 • pdf
This research shows a tool can support people in getting high quality advice from friends and online connections. By breaking down complex tasks like exercise planning, providing feedback to the helpers, and guiding them with easy to follow interactions, a novice can provide expert-level advice.
This research illustrates how people use online tracking on Instagram to seek and offer social support, to keep accountable, and to find information that informs their actions towards healthy eating.
When Personal Tracking Becomes Social: Examining the Use of Instagram for Healthy Eating CF Chung, E Agapie, J Schroeder, S Mishra, J Fogarty, SA Munson CHI 2017 • pdf
Systems help people work towards behavior changes. In this work I explore how systems can facilitate lapse management as part of the system design.
In this work I explore the value of lapse management through "cheat points" to help people recover from failures and sustain participation towards desired goals.
Staying the Course: System-Driven Lapse Management for Supporting Behavior Change E Agapie, D Avrahami, J Marlow CHI 2016 • pdf • Honorable Mention Best Paper Award (top 5%)
Technology makes it more and more possible to access services on demand. In this work I understand needs and build tools to support participation from novices in the act of local news reporting.
Eventful is a tool that makes it possible for anyone to access the service of event reporting. The reporting process is executed behind the scenes through a crowd of people working online or at the event to produce a news report. This work extends human computation into the physical world by using local workers to collect information in person at events and remote workers to curate the collected information and generate event reports.
Eventful: Crowdsourcing Local News Reporting E Agapie, A Monroy-Hernandez Collective Intelligence 2014 • pdf