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Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like "Keentz") is an Assistant 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. Dr. Kientz's research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep disorders, assisting parents of young children in tracking developmental progress, assisting individuals with visual impairments, helping people quit smoking, and assisting 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 her department’s Junior Faculty Innovator in 2012 and Research Innovator in 2014, and named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013.


  • Very honored to have been named one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 in 2013! Thanks to all of my great students, collaborators, and mentors for all of their support.
  • I am lucky to work with a great group of eight PhD students across three different departments. However, note that I am not taking on any new students for Fall 2014. Please get in touch with some of my fabulous colleagues, such as Sean Munson, Gary Hsieh, Beth Kolko, Wanda Pratt, or Mark Haselkorn, who all do great research related to technology and health.
  • Thanks to Google for granting me a Faculty Research Award.
  • I will be serving as Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for UbiComp 2014 and serving on the Program Committees for CHI 2014, ASSETS 2013, and WISH 2013.
  • My students and I have upcoming papers at UbiComp, ASSETS, and AMIA. Congrats to my Ph.D. student Matt Kay and our colleagues for being awarded a Best Paper award at UbiComp!
  • I joined the Intel Science & Technology Center on Pervasive Computing and will be working on the MyHealthBehavior capstone along with my PhD students.
  • The University of Washington's new interdisciplinary Master of Human-Computer Interaction+Design program is launching this year. I will be co-teaching one of the first courses along with Axel Roesler from Design.
  • My research was showcased in an article by Monica Guzman in the Seattle Times.
  • My husband Shwetak and I were happy to welcome our daughter Maya to the world in November 2012!


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