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.


Feburary 2018: I will co-chair Pervasive Health 2018 Doctoral consortium with Nervo Verdezoto

Janurary 2018: Check out our second workshop on Datification in Healthcare
to be held at Aarhus Denmark

December 2018: Our paper accepted in CHI 2018

  • Xinning Gui, Yubo Kou,Kathleen Pine,Elisa Ladaw, Harold Kim,Eli Suzuki-Gill, Yunan Chen. Multidimensional Risk Communication: Public discourse on Risks during an Emerging Epidemic.
August 2017: Three papers accepted in CSCW 2018.
  • Xinning Gui, Yu Chen, Yubo Kou, Katie Pine, Yunan Chen. Investigating Support Seeking from Peers for Pregnancy in Online Health Communities.
  • Yubo Kou, Xinning Gui, Yunan Chen, Katie Pine. Conspiracy Talk during a Public Health Crisis: towards Better Social Media Design.
  • Mayara Costa Figueiredo, Clara Caldeira, Tera L. Reynolds, Sean Victory, Kai Zheng, Yunan Chen. Self-Tracking for Fertility Care: Collaborative Support for a Highly Personalized Problem.
June 2017: Four papers accepted in AMIA 2017.
  • Clara Caldeira, Yu Chen, Lesley Chan, Vivian Pham, Yunan Chen, Kai Zheng. Mobile apps for mood tracking: an analysis of features and user reviews. AMIA Annual Symposium. 2017.
  • Mayara Figueiredo, Clara Caldeira, Yunan Chen, Kai Zheng. Routine self-tracking of health: Reasons, facilitating factors, and the potential impact on health management practices. AMIA Annual Symposium. 2017.
  • Xinning Gui, Yue Wang, Yubo Kou, Tera Reynolds, Yunan Chen, Qiaozhu Mei, Kai Zheng. Understanding the patterns of health information dissemination on social media during the Zika outbreak. AMIA Annual Symposium. 2017.
  • Mustafa Hussain, Tera Reynolds, Fatemeh Mousavi, Yunan Chen, Kai Zheng. Think- ing Together: Modeling clinical decision-support as a sociotechnical system. AMIA Annual Symposium. 2017.
May 2017: Check out my new Interactions article on "Health information technology: opportunities abound. challenges remain" where I wrote about my personal experience as a healthcare consumer.

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.


    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)

  • Contact:

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

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