My research investigates how medication adherence technologies, and smartphone apps in particular, could be improved by supporting contextual cues and existing daily routines. Read more about my PhD research. My work is affiliated with the CHI+MED Project.
My research interests include medication adherence, prospective memory, habit formation, and the use of smartphone apps to support health and wellness.
I have background in Computer Science (BSc) and Human-Computer Interaction (MSc). My previous research explored ergonomic issues related to the use of tablet computers in an office environment and I am still interested in mobile devices. My current work focuses on habit formation and behaviour change, and how technology could support them. I'm generally interested in digital health technologies.
I have several years of industry experience. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst at a large media company, where I was responsible for data analysis, user research, and usability testing.
- 2015 - Nominated for the UCL Student Choice Teaching Awards
- 2013 - Ulf Aberg Award for the best postgraduate student project in Ergonomics and Human Factors, CIHFE
- 2012 - Joint first prize for the best research project, Orange HCI-E MSc Project Prize 2011/12
- 2012 - Semi-finalist, CHI 2012 Student Design Competition: "Silka: A Domestic Technology to Mediate the Threshold between Connection and Solitude." More about the submission.
- 2011 - Finalist, Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Student Conference 2011: Mobile App Competition
Talks and presentations
- Understanding the role of contextual cues in supporting the formation of medication-taking habits, 2nd Behaviour Change Conference: Digital Health and Wellbeing, London, February 2016.
- Beyond self-tracking and reminders: Designing smartphone apps that support habit formation, CHI'2015, Seoul, April 2015.
- "Don't forget your pill! Designing effective medication reminder apps that support users' daily routines", CHI'2014, Toronto, April 2014.
- Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers, British HCI, Uxbridge, September 2013.
Invited seminars and lectures
- Supporting medication adherence by facilitating the formation of medication habits, invited presentation, UCL Behaviour Change Clinic with Department of Health Behavioural Insight Team, July 2016.
- Forming healthy habits and leaving the app behind, invited seminar, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, September 2015.
- Supporting medication adherence with smartphone apps, invited seminar, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, September 2015.
- Designing smartphone apps that support habit formation, invited seminar, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, London, December 2014.
- Smiling robots and vibrating helmets. Sketching and prototyping in UX Design., invited presentation, Design Practice module, MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics, UCL, London, November 2014.
- Designing technologies that support human behaviour, lecture, Behaviour Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach module, BSc in Psychology, UCL, London, October 2014.
- Evaluating smartphone apps, Evaluation methods in eHealth: eHealth unit technology knowledge sharing seminar series, invited seminar, London, September 2014
- "Did you take your Pill after breakfast?" How smartphone apps can support the creation of medication-taking habits, Health Informatics Seminar, invited seminar, BCS Scotland & University of Edinburgh, August 2014
- Evaluating health-related smartphone apps, guest lecture, Research Methods module, MSc in Health Informatics, UCL, London, March 2014.
Workshop presentations and doctoral consortia
- Designing for Health Behavior Change: HCI Research Alone Is Not Enough, Crossing HCI and Health: Advancing Health and Wellness Technology Research in Home and Community Settings, workshop at CHI in Seoul, April 2015.
- Personalized routine support for tackling medication non-adherence, Personalised behaviour change technologies workshop at CHI, Toronto, April 2014.
- How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception, Habits in HCI Workshop, British HCI, Uxbridge, September 2013.
- How existing technology supports remembering oral contraception, IHFE and CHI+MED Doctoral Consortium, London, June 2013.
Public engagement events
- Habit Cookbook: Helping people develop good work habits, Focus On The Positive public engagement event, UCL and U3A, November 2014.
- Safer medical devices and number magic for children, Brighton Science Festival, Brighton, February 2014.
- Errors during medicine use, public engagement workshop with older adults organised by UCL School of Pharmacy, London, July 2013.
Full list of events I spoke at or co-organised can be found on my Lanyrd profile page.
- Health apps: easy to build, hard to do right, Cambridge Usability, Microsoft Research Cambridge, June 2015. View slides
- People skills in the digital world, Rocket Conf, Birmingham, June 2015.
- Imperfect learning: How embracing mistakes helps us learn new things, Ladies That UX Brighton @ Spring Forward, March 2014.
- Free yourself from perfectionism, Dare Conference, London, September 2014.
- Medication reminder apps: The Bad and The Ugly, UX Brighton - The Health Check, April 2014.
- Broken necks and twisted wrists: Responsible design for tablets, Over the Air, Bletchley Park, September 2013.
- Tablets are bad for posture: should we care?, UXCampLondon 2013, London, August 2013.
- Using Human Factors methods for UX research, UXCampBrighton 2012, Brighton, December 2012.
- Sex and UX: Researching sensitive topics, UXCampLondon 2012, London, July 2012.
- Touchy feely creepy design, Geeky, London, May 2012.
- Mobile UX (co-presented with Arran Ross-Paterson), UXCampLondon 2011, London, July 2011.
- Storytelling and UX: Role-playing your personas, UXCampLondon 2010, London, April 2010.
MSc project supervision
- Simrita Shaheed (2013/2015) - the impact of social positive reinforcement on supporting the formation of health-related habits.
- Wen Jie Lo (2014/2015) - exploring different modalities of screen-based reminders that encourage taking breaks from a computer.
- Pornpong Soponsakulrat (2015/2016) - evaluating the effectiveness of implementation intention reminders in supporting physical exercise habits.
- Behaviour Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach module, BSc in Psychology (2014, 2015)
- Research Methods module, MSc in Health Informatics (2014)
- Two HCI MSc modules (ergonomics, human factors)
- Two Computer Science BSc modules (user-centred design)
|Katarzyna Stawarz, B Gardner, Anna Cox, Ann Blandford||What influences the selection of contextual cues when starting a new routine behaviour? An exploratory study||2020||BMC Psychol, Journal article|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, MD Rodriguez, Anna Cox, Ann Blandford||Understanding the use of contextual cues: Design implications for medication adherence technologies that support remembering||2016||Digital Health, Journal article|
|Ian Renfree, Danny Harrison, Paul Marshall, Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox||Don’t Kick the Habit: The Role of Dependency in Habit Formation Apps||2016||Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), San Jose, CA, USA|
|JC Vincent, G Niezen, Kane AA O, Katarzyna Stawarz||Can Standards and Regulations Keep Up With Health Technology?||2015||JMIR mHealth uHealth, Journal article|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox, Ann Blandford||Beyond Self-Tracking and Reminders: Designing Smartphone Apps That Support Habit Formation||2015||CHI2015, Conference paper (text), Seoul, South Korea|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox||Designing for Health Behavior Change: HCI Research Alone Is Not Enough||2015||CHI 2015 Workshop: Crossing HCI and Health: Advancing Health and Wellness Technology Research in Home and Community Settings, Conference abstract/presentation slides, Seoul, South Korea|
|MD Rodríguez, E Zárate, Katarzyna Stawarz, JP García-Vázquez, EJE Ibarra||Ambient computing to support the association of contextual cues with medication taking||2015||Revista Mexicana de Ingenieria Biomedica, Journal article|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox, Ann Blandford||Don't Forget Your Pill! Designing Effective Medication Reminder Apps That Support Users' Daily Routines||2014||CHI2014, Conference paper (text), Toronto, Canada|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox, Ann Blandford||Personalized routine support for tackling medication non-adherence||2014||CHI'14 Workshop: Personalised Behaviour Change Technologies, Conference paper (text), Toronto, Canada|
|M Orlu-Gul, B Raimi-Abraham, E Jamieson, L Wei, M Murray, Katarzyna Stawarz, S Stegemann, C Tuleu, FJ Smith||Public engagement workshop: how to improve medicines for older people?||2014||International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Journal article|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Rachel Benedyk||Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers||2013||The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of things, Conference proceeding, Uxbridge|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna Cox||How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception||2013||BCS-HCI 2013 Workshop: Habits in Human-Computer Interaction, Conference paper (text), BCS-HCI 2013 Workshop: Habits in Human-Computer Interaction|
|Katarzyna Stawarz, J Garde, C McLoughlin, R Nicolaides, J Walters||Silka: a domestic technology to mediate the threshold between connection and solitude||2012||CHI 2012, Conference proceeding, Austin, TX, USA|