Mental Health & Information Needs

@ Northwestern University | People, Information, and Technology Changing Health (PITCH) Lab [Ongoing]

Primary Researcher / Online Survey + Follow-up Interview

Examinations of the Information Needs and Information Seeking Behaviors of Young Adults Coping with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety  

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This research aims to better understand the information practices (e.g., information needs and information seeking) and associated challenges of young adults when they face symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression. Specifically, this study focuses on the temporal/situational context where young adults with depression and/or anxiety symptoms have not accessed mental healthcare professionals (e.g., doctors, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses) and thus are not yet receiving direct professional help for their mental illness symptoms.

I work with Madhu Reddy of the People, Information, and Technology Changing Health Lab and Emily Lattie and David Mohr of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University to develop this research in ways to provide meaningful findings for both human-computer interaction literature and clinical research and practices. Through this research I aim to identify the factors that shape the information practices of young adults regarding their stress, anxiety, or depression symptoms and inform the design of digital mental health tools that help young adults with their mental health-related information seeking and well-being.