Jessie Chin

Assistant Professor

PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Other professional appointments

  • Associate Member, Cancer Center at Illinois
  • Part-Time Faculty, 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
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation (CAII), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

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, Campus Research Board, Cancer Center at Illinois, Mather Institute, and more. 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

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Publications & Papers

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

Selected Publications

Chin, J.*, Desai, S*., Lin, S., & Mejía S. (2024). Like My Aunt Dorothy: Effects of Conversational Styles on Perceptions, Acceptance and Metaphorical Descriptions of Voice Assistants during Later Adulthood. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 8(CSCW1), 1-21.

Bak, M. & Chin, J. (2024). The potential and limitations of large language models in identification of the states of motivations for facilitating health behavior change. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Bak, M., Chin, C. L., & Chin, J. (2023). Use of Health Belief Model-based Deep Learning to Understand Public Health Beliefs in Breast Cancer Screening from Social Media before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings (Vol. 2023, p. 280-288). American Medical Informatics Association.

Desai, S., Lundy, M., Chin, J. (2023). “A painless way to learn:” Designing an interactive storytelling voice user interface to support older adults’ informal health information learning needs. Proceedings of the 5th ACM Conference on Conversational User Interfaces CUI’23, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Desai, S., Chin, J. (2023). OK Google, Let’s Learn: Using Voice User Interfaces for Informal Self-Regulated Learning of Health Topics among Younger and Older Adults. In Proceedings of the 41st ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’23 (Article 847, pp.1-21). New York, NY: ACM Press.

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.

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. Proceedings 2021.

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), .

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.


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.