Jessie Chin

Assistant Professor

PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Other professional appointments

Associate Member, Cancer Center at Illinois
Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Faculty Affiliate, Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC)
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Educational Psychology
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics

Research focus

Adaptation to information proliferation (self-regulated learning, information foraging, cognitive search), coupling cognitive systems (conversational agents, learning agents, AI-human collaboration), digital health (designing for health communication and behavior, health promotion), and health informatics (health misinformation, infodemiology and infoveillance).

Honors and Awards

  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, Fall 2022
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, Fall 2020


Jessie Chin is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research programs aim at (1) advancing knowledge in cognitive sciences regarding evolving human interaction with the contemporary information technologies, (2) understanding and developing the coupling cognitive system to augment the performance in complex cognitive activities (such as learning), and (3) translating theories in social and behavioral sciences and computational models to the design of sociotechnical solutions and interaction experience to promote health communication and behavior across the lifespan. As a translational cognitive scientist, she conducts both use-inspired basic and applied research to examine the interaction between human minds and complex information environments in both individual and collective levels using mixed methods, such as controlled experiments, user studies, field studies, social media analysis, computational/predictive modeling and randomized controlled trials. Chin’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, Jump ARCHES, Cancer Center at Illinois, Mather Institute, etc. See a list of current research projects of Chin's team, the Adaptive Cognition and Interaction Design (ACTION) lab.

Chin earned her MS in human factors and PhD in educational psychology (cognitive sciences in teaching and learning) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and did her postdoctoral training in systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo. Before joining the iSchool, Chin was a faculty member in biomedical and health information sciences at the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Office hours

By appointment, please contact professor

Publications & Papers

For a complete list of publications, visit Jessie Chin's Google Scholar page.

Selected Publications
Tomaszewski, T., Morales, A., Lourentzou, I., Caskey, R., Liu, B., Schwartz, A., & Chin, J. (2021). Identifying the false human papillomavirus vaccine information and corresponding risk perceptions from Twitter using advanced predicted models. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9), e30451. DOI: 10.2196/30451 

Chin, J., Wang, H., Awwad, A. W., Graumlich, J. F., Wolf, M. S., & Morrow, D. G. (2021). Health literacy, processing capacity, illness knowledge and actionable memory for medication taking in type 2 diabetes: cross-sectional analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 36, 1921-1927. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06472-z 

Chin, J. & Burns, C. (2021). Health Promotion: Patient Self-Management, Cognitive Work Analysis and Persuasive Design. In R. J. Holden, & R. S. Valdez (Eds.), The Patient Factors: Applications of Patient Ergonomics (Volume 2)(pp.187-203). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press
Chin, J.* & Desai, S.* (2021). Being a Nice Partner: The Effects of Age and Interaction Types on the Perceived Social Abilities of Conversational Agents. In TMS Proceedings 2021. Retrieved from

Desai, S., & Chin, J. (2021). Hey Google, Can You Help Me Learn?. In CUI 2021-3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces (pp. 1-4).DOI:10.1145/3469595.3469601

Desai, S., & Chin, J. (2020). An Explorative Analysis of the Feasibility of Implementing Metacognitive Strategies in Self-Regulated Learning with the Conversational Agents. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 64(1), 495–499. DOI: 10.1177/1071181320641112

Chin, J., Quinn, K., Muramatsu, N., & Marquez, D. (2020). A User Study on the Feasibility and Acceptance of Delivering Physical Activity Programs to Older Adults through Conversational Agents. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 64(1), 33–37. DOI: 10.1177/1071181320641010

Chin, J., Moller, D. D., Johnson, J., Duwe, E., Graumlich, J. F., Murray, M. D. & Morrow, D.G. (2018). A multi-faceted approach to promote comprehension of online health information among older adults. The Gerontologist, 58 (4), 686-695. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw254
Liu, X., Chin, J., Payne, B. R., Fu, W-T., Morrow, D. G., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2016). Adult age differences in information foraging in an interactive reading environment. Psychology and Aging, 31(3), 211-223. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000079

Chin, J., Payne, B., Fu, W-T., Morrow, D. G. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2015). Information foraging across the life span: Search and switch in unknown patches. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7(3), 428-450.  DOI:10.1111/tops.12147
Chin, J., Morrow, D. G., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J. F. & Murray, M. D. (2011). The process-knowledge model of health literacy: Evidence from a componential analysis of two commonly used measures. Journal of Health Communication, 16 (Suppl3), 222-241. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2011.604702

Chin, J., Fu, W-T. & Kannampallil, T. (2009). Adaptive information search: Age-dependent interactions between cognitive profiles and strategies. In Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’09 (pp.1683-1692). Boston, MA: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/1518701.1518961 


Selected Talks
Chin, J. (2022). Invited panelist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop on Machine Learning and Healthcare Outcomes in Cancer Care Delivery Research on May 16-17, Held by National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)

Chin, J. (2021). Invited talk on Nov 12, Misinformation Research Forum, Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) interdisciplinary misinformation research forum.

Chin, J. (2021). Invited panel discussion on Oct 15, Health Misinformation Panel, 8th Health Care Engineering Systems Symposium and Interactive Exposition Post COVID Community Health

Chin, J. (2019). Talk on Nov 22, 2019: Promoting Interactive Learning in the Wild across the Lifespan. TIMAN (Text Information Management and Analysis Group) Seminar Talk, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.