Mayara Costa Figueiredo, PhD

I recently received a PhD in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. I worked under the supervision of Dr. Yunan Chen and Dr. Kai Zheng in the Health and Informatics lab. My research interests lie at the intersections of Human Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, and Health. My research focuses on how data tracking technologies can support, change, and impact individuals’ health information needs and health behaviors, particularly in domains which are often stigmatized and among people who are often ignored or marginalized by the medical system and technology industry.

With the popularity of self-tracking technologies and the datafication of healthcare, healthcare consumers, including patients, caregivers, and healthy individuals, now have access to extensive personal data to inform their health decisions. Because such decisions can be serious and life changing, I investigate how the increased use of patient-generated health data (PGHD) influences individuals’ health behaviors, relationships, and the broader organizational, technological, policy, and societal factors that shape their data work and personal health information management activities.

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Interests: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Helath Informatics, Patient-generated health data, Information seeking & access, Human-centered AI, Personal Informatics, Fertility self-tracking, Women’s health.

Recent News
  • 06.11.21 - I finished my PhD and now I am officially Dr. Mayara Costa Figueiredo!
  • 03.15.21 - 🏅 I am thrilled to share that our paper “Health Data in Fertility Care: An Ecological Perspective” has received an Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2021! (Pre-print)
  • 12.22.20 - The paper I co-authored with Dr. Clara Caldeira (lead author), "Towards Supporting Data-Driven Practices in Stroke Telerehabilitation Technology," has been accepted to CSCW 2021!
  • 12.12.20 - Our paper "Health Data in Fertility Care: An Ecological Perspective" has been accepted to CHI 2021!
  • 10.12.20 - 🏅 I am very happy to share that our paper “Using Data to Approach the Unknown: Patients’ and Healthcare Providers’ Data Practices in Fertility Challenges” has received an Honorable Mention Award at CSCW 2020!
  • 07.10.20 - The paper I co-authored with Mustafa Hussain (lead author), "A scoping review of qualitative research in JAMIA: past contributions and opportunities for future work," has been accepted to JAMIA!
  • 06.17.20 - I am very honored and thrilled to announce that I am one of the recipients of the 2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant!