yunan chen

Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

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I am Associate Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. My research interests lie in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Health Informatics. In particular, I am interested in designing and evaluating interactive systems for clinical documentation, patient-provider interaction and personal information management during chronic care. I received my PhD degree from the iSchool at Drexel University in 2008, and a Bachelor of Medicine degree from China Medical University in 2003.

My research aims to provide empirical, conceptual, and theoretical understandings of information practices in healthcare through in situ examination of how healthcare providers and consumers, e.g. patients and caregivers, interact with computerized technologies in their daily lives or work practices. I have done extensive research exploring sociotechnical impacts and design issues of electronic health records systems, and more recently, patient-facing applications such as personal informatics tools and chronic disease management systems.

Currently, I am Director of the Undergraduate Minor Program in health informatics. Since Fall 2016, I serve as Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Informatics.


March 2017: A fun paper with Yong Ming Kow on digital learning has been accepted in ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2017).

  • Yong Ming Kow, Yunan Chen, Waikuen Cheng, Titus Nit. Creative Information Use Among Young Adults: Challenges for Learning and Opportunities for Media (Re)Design.
Feburary 2017: I will be co-chairing CHI 2018 doctoral consortium with Kenton O'Hara, and Floyd Mueller.

January 2017: I will be serving as the editor for Health Matters forum in Interactions.
Looking forward to your submissions.

December 2016: Congratulations to Amid, Clara, Sun Young, Yu, and Xinning for having their papers accepted in CHI 2017 conference.

  • Xinning Gui, Yubo Kou, Katie Pine, Yunan Chen. Managing Uncertainty: Decision Making during a Disease-Induced Public Health Crisis.
  • Amid Ayobi, Paul Marshall, Anna Cox, Yunan Chen. Quantifying the Body and Caring for the Mind: Understanding Self-Tracking in Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Xinning Gui, Yu Chen, Clara Caldeira, Dan Xiao, Yunan Chen. When Fitness Meets Social Networks: Investigating Social and Fitness Practices on WeRun.
  • Sunyoung Park, Yunan Chen. Patient Strategies as Active Adaptation: Understanding Patient Behaviors During an Emergency Visit.

A list of my publications is available at Google Scholar.

Students & Fellows

Xinning Gui
Clara Marques Caldeira
Mayara Figueiredo
Sun Young Park (graduated in 2015)

Yu Chen (postdoctoral fellow)


6099 Bren Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA, 92697
yunanc [at]

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