Julia Manning

Julia Manning
PhD Student
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UCLIC, University College London
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United Kingdom

My EPSRC funded research is looking at in-the-wild (real world) use of digital companion technologies (DCTs) for health, and the influence of context (cultural, physical and organisational) on their use, usability and usefulness. Specifically looking at the self-management of stress amongst senior comprehensive school teachers, I am exploring how contextual factors have affected the choice of their stress-management strategies and how these strategies are or could be supported through the use of DCTs.
With both health policy and workplace well-being initiatives seeking to harness the opportunity of self-care promised by innovation, DCTs need to be fit for purpose and innovators need a better understanding of the environment in which they are going to be used in order to improve efficacy and design, and ultimately people's health.
Likewise, people need to be able to make more informed choices of DCTs. Public facing evaluations of apps are increasing, but there are significant gaps in the knowledge as to which DCT will help whom, and why.

Brief biography

Julia studied Optometry and Visual Science at City University, became a visiting lecturer at the University and worked in both high street and hospital (Royal Free, Hampstead) settings. She was one of the first clinical optometrists to take sight-testing software into individual's homes with her domiciliary practice in the early 2000s and worked on improving Low Vision Services in south London. She specialised in diabetes, gaining the Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care in 2004, and the practice served people across south-east London who were housebound or who were sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The practice was bought by Specsavers in 2009. After dabbling in politics, she founded 2020health in 2006, an independent, social enterprise policy Think Tank, whose aim to 'Make Health Personal' was focused on enabling information, understanding and confidence so people could take a meaningful role in their health and wellbeing. Harnessing the potential of health technologies without the hype and improving the public's health has been central to 2020health's policy work. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the 'Health Tech and You' Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Julia is a PhD candidate in human-computer interaction at UCL, studying the influence of context on the use of digital health technologies, in particular to support stress management in the workplace.

Research Publications

Julia Manning, Ann Blandford, J Edbrooke-Childs, Paul Marshall How contextual constraints shape mid-career high school teachers’ stress management and use of digital support tools: A qualitative study 2020 JMIR Mental Health, Journal article
Julia Manning, Ann Blandford, J Edbrooke-Childs, Paul Marshall How Contextual Constraints Shape Midcareer High School Teachers' Stress Management and Use of Digital Support Tools: Qualitative Study (Preprint) 1900 Working/Discussion Paper