Innovative and Accessible Health Care for All

The research program aims at developing innovative, accessible and scalable socio-technical solutions to deliver health care service to the population/patients with diverse backgrounds for addressing health disparities and facilitating health promotion.

Ongoing Projects

  • [Funded] Developing a motivational-interview agent to promote COVID-19 vaccine uptake

    • Current Student: Michelle Bak
    • Funding: Jump ARCHES 2021
    • MPI: Chung-Yi Chiu (Kinesiology and Community Health), Suma Bhat (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • [Funded] Development of a Chatbot for Delivering Long-Term Motivational Interviewing for Improving Exercise Adherence in Hemodialysis Patients

    • Current Student: Michelle Bak
    • Funding: Jump ARCHES 2022
    • MPI: Chung-Yi Chiu (Kinesiology and Community Health), Suma Bhat (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Exploring the design of sociotechnical solutions for the underrepresented minorities adolescents with depressive and anxiety symptoms

    • Current Student: Lixcy Vega
  • [Funded] Bridging digital phenotype and behavioral promotion models to address evolving needs across the cancer continuum

    • Current Students: Michelle Bak, Ben Tsai
    • Funding: Campus Research Board (2022 – 2024), Cancer Center at Illinois (2020-2021)
    • MPI: Chung-Yi Chiu (Kinesiology and Community Health), Chengxiang Zhai (Computer Science)
  • [Funded] Promoting Physical Activity with Conversational Agents for Sedentary Older Adults

    • Current Students: Smit Desai, Caywin Zhuang
    • Funding: CCTS, Mather Institute
    • Partners: Partners in Care Foundation, Mather Institute
  • [Funded]An Individualized-Health eLibrary App for People with Multiple Sclerosis: Testing Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Brief Educational Intervention
    • PI: Chung-Yi Chiu (Kinesiology and Community Health)
    • Funding: The Illinois Campus Research Board

Selected Publications

  1. Chin, J., Quinn, K., Muramatsu, N., & Marquez, D. (2020, December). A user study on the feasibility and acceptance of delivering physical activity programs to older adults through conversational agents. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 33-37). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

Ongoing Grants

Completed Grants

  • Cancer Center at Illinois
  • NIH CCTS Pilot Grant UL1TR002003 from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2018/11/16 – 2020/11/15)