I’m a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher , currently working vice-chancellor’s research fellow in the CoCreate group in Northumbria University. My research interests relate to how technology can support people’s health and wellbeing.

Previously, I worked as a research contractor in the Human Experience and Design (HXD) group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and I completed my PhD and MSc at the UCL Interaction Centre.

My PhD research focused on the long-term use of commercial activity tracking devices (e.g. Fitbit, Jawbone) and how this changed over time. Specifically, my approach was to run ethnographic studies, mostly focusing on qualitative data from interviews and diary studies supplemented with quantitative measures of activity. Insights gained from my research have helped inform the design of future activity tracking systems and aid users in participating in heightened levels of physical activity.

Current Research Projects

Latest significant publications

  • Cecchinato, M. E., Rooksby, J., Hiniker, A., Munson, S., Lukoff, K., Ciolfi, L., Thieme, A. and Harrison, D. (2019). Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’19).