Designing mental health interventions through collaboration between patients and clinitians

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.

How do clinicians and patients engage in a design process to support mental health?

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

Designing health positive action through collaboration with peers

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.

Ever wondered how peers can help support positive action towards behavior changes?

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

How can online tools enable non expert crowd members to provide exercise support?

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.

Crowdsourcing Exercise Plans Aligned with Expert Guidelines and Everyday Constraints
E Agapie, B Chinh, L Pina, D Oviedo, M Welsh, G Hsieh, SA Munson
CHI 2018 • pdfnews release

How can online peers support healthy eating on Instagram?

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

System facilitated behavior change

Systems help people work towards behavior changes. In this work I explore how systems can facilitate lapse management as part of the system design.

How can a system help you recover from failures?

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 • pdfHonorable Mention Best Paper Award (top 5%)

Tools that support novices in crowdsourcing news reports

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.

Crowdsourcing in the field: A case study using local crowds for event reporting
E Agapie, A Monroy-Hernandez, J Teevan
HCOMP 2015 • pdfvideonews release Best Paper Award (top 1%)

Eventful: Crowdsourcing Local News Reporting
E Agapie, A Monroy-Hernandez
Collective Intelligence 2014 • pdf