Jessie Chin

Assistant Professor

PhD, Educational Psychology, Illinois

Other professional appointments

Associate Member, Cancer Center at Illinois
Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Educational Psychology
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics

Research focus

Adaptive cognitive process, Information foraging, human-computer interaction, coupling cognitive systems, health communication, health literacy, health informatics, and designing for health and aging.

Honors and Awards

  • Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, 2013
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Arnold Small Best Student Paper Award, Aging Technical Group, 2009, 2015


Jessie Chin is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research programs aim at (1) advancing knowledge in cognitive sciences regarding evolving human interaction with the contemporary information technologies, and (2) translating theories in social and behavioral sciences to the design of technologies 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 experiments, user studies, field studies, social media data analysis, computational/predictive modeling and randomized control trials. 

Her current research projects include (1) examining cancer-related misinformation using both behavioral and computational approaches, (2) examining human decision-making with AI systems across the lifespan; and (3) building affordable and scalable socio-technical mechanisms to promote chronic illness prevention using innovative technologies for addressing health disparities.

Chin earned her MS in human factors and PhD in educational psychology at the University of Illinois at 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 at Chicago.

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Publications & Papers

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 

Chin, J., Madison, A., Gao, X., Graumlich, J. F., Conner-Garcia, T., Murray, M. D., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. & Morrow, D. G. (2017). Cognition and health literacy in older adults’ recall of self-care information. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 261-268.  DOI:10.1093/geront/gnv091, PMCID: PMC5881765

Chin, J. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2016). What makes you feel you are learning: Cues to self-regulated learning. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, J. C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 538-543). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. 

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., Payne, B., Gao, X., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., Murray, M. D., Morrow, D. G. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2015). Memory and comprehension for health information among older adults: Distinguishing the effects of domain-general and domain-specific knowledge, Memory, 23, 577-589. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2014.912331 

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. (2012). Age differences in exploratory learning from a health information website. In Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’12 (pp. 3031-3040). Austin, TX: ACM Press. DOI:10.1145/2207676.2208715 (Acceptance rate = 23%)

Chin, J. & Fu, W-T. (2010). Interactive effects of age and interface differences on search strategies and performance. In Proceedings of the 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’10 (pp.403-412). Atlanta, GA: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/1753326.1753387 (Acceptance rate = 22%)

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 (Acceptance rate = 25%)


Chin, J., Chin, C-L., Ghazanfari, A., Jagadeesan, G., Wang, Z., Ongtengco, A., Chang, A., Liu, B., Schwartz, A. & Caskey, R. (2019). Tracking the human papillomavirus (HPV)-vaccine risk misinformation: An explorative study to examine how the misinformation has merged, spread and vanished in user-generated content. Poster presented at the HFES 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. Chicago, IL.

Chin, C-L., Su, W-Y., & Chin, J. (2019). Representing the true and false text information about Human Papillomavirus vaccines. In Proceedings of the HFES 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. Chicago, IL.

Chin, J., Üreten, E. & Burns, C. (2019). Health behavior nudging through health information exposure and information search. Poster presented at the HFES 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. Chicago, IL.

Chin, J., Chin, C-L, Ghazanfari, A., Liu, B., Schwartz, A. & Caskey, R. (2018). What makes us care: Analyzing trends and topics of public interests in HPV vaccines over a decade. Poster presented at the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) 2018 Annual Symposium. San Francisco, CA.

Chin, J., Chin, C-L, Caskey, R., Liu, B., Schwartz. A. (2018). Building a patient-driven human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine risk lexicon. Poster presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society of Medical Decision Making 2018. Montreal, Canada.

Chin, J., Yu, M., Grindrod, K., & Burns, C. (2018). More than information access: A cognitive work analysis on physician-pharmacist collaboration through electronic medical records. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, 7(1), 8. DOI: 10.1177/2327857918071005

Chin, J., Li, Y., & Burns, C. (2018). User perspectives of conversational agents across lifespan: being assistive, but not too smart. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference 2018. Atlanta, GA.

Rezai, L. S., Chin, J., Bassett-Gunter, R. & Burns, C. (2017). Effects of message tailoring on persuasiveness of systems that promote physical activity. Poster presented at the Persuasive Technology XII 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Chin, J. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2016). When to stop learning: Search and satisficing during self-regulated learning across the lifespan. Poster presented at the 28th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. 

Chin, J., Anderson, E., Chin, C-L. & Fu, W-T. (2015). Age differences in information search: An exploration-exploitation tradeoff model. [Abstract]. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 2870). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.