Rachel F. Adler, associate professor of computer science at Northeastern Illinois University, will present "Developing an mHealth App for Cancer Survivors with Disabilities: A Co-Design Approach."
Abstract: The transition from active treatment to long-term cancer survivorship leaves the needs of many cancer survivors unaddressed as they struggle with physical, cognitive, psychological, and social consequences of cancer and its treatment. Mobile health (mHealth) interventions can be used to promote self-management and evidence-informed education. We used a co-design approach with cancer survivors with disabilities in order to design an mHealth app that will offer interventions to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life and increase their self-efficacy to manage cancer as a chronic condition. I will also discuss two other related accessibility research projects: one co-designing an application for people with disabilities to interact with peer navigators and the creation of accessibility simulation games to teach students how to design applications for people with disabilities.
Bio: Rachel F. Adler is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, she spent the last few years as affiliate faculty at Northwestern University’s CS lab. Her research interests are in human-computer interaction, accessibility, and computer science education. She is particularly interested in designing applications for and with people with disabilities.
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