Headshot photo of Julie Kientz in 2014Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like “Keentz”) is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab, is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance, and has adjunct appointments in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep problems, parents of young children tracking developmental progress, individuals with visual impairments, people who want to quit smoking, and special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013, and was given the UW College of Engineering Faculty Research Innovator award in 2014.


  • I have agreed to join the Editorial Board of the new and innovative conference-journal model, the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). Papers appearing in the journal will appear at the UbiComp conference, with four deadlines per year (Nov. 15, Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15). Next UbiComp conference is in Maui!
  • I am back from sabbatical and am teaching HCDE 541 on research communication to our new cohort of incoming Ph.D. students.
  • I will be looking for one new Ph.D. student in the Fall 2017 year who is interested in designing technologies for improving health in children and families. If you’re interested in working with me, please apply to HCDE’s PhD program. Deadline is December 15th, 2016.
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