Leadership Team

Julie Kientz, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering
Director, Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab

More about Dr. Kientz

Julie Kientz is a Professor and Chair of the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she also directs the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Health Informatics, Ubiquitous Computing, and Interaction Design & Children. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health, education, and families through the design of future applications. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dr. Kientz has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for numerous areas in the health, education, and family domains. The populations she has designed with in her research include individuals and families managing sleep health, parents of young children monitoring developmental progress, families managing screen time and remote learning, adolescents managing stress, and inclusive education teachers and therapists working with neurodiverse children.