Katarzyna Stawarz

BSc, MSc, Research Student

Location: Room 8.18

University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor), Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 2175 (x32175)

Email: kstawarz@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Personal website: usabilitypanda.com
Twitter: @falkowata
LinkedIn profile
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Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how technology could help people develop medication-taking habits, especially in the context of preventative therapies and medications that need to be taken every day. I'm currently developing a smartphone app that aims to achieve just that.

My work is affiliated with the CHI+MED Project

My research interests include medication adherence, prospective memory, habit and routine building, and behaviour change. I am currently supervising a MSc student whose project explores the impact of social positive reinforcement on supporting the formation of health-related habits.


I have background in Computer Science (BSc) and Human-Computer Interaction (MSc). During my previous studies worked on exploring ergonomic issues related to the tablet use in an office environment and I am still interested in mobile devices. My current research interests focus on habit formation and behaviour change, and how technology could support them. I am also interested in tangible interfaces and prototyping, and would like to do more work in that area in the future.

Before starting my PhD, I worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst at a media company, where I was responsible for data analysis, user research and usability testing.

Research Publications

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Academic conferences

  • "Don't forget your pill! Designing effective medication reminder apps that support users' daily routines", CHI'2014, Toronto, April 2014.
  • "Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers", British HCI, Uxbridge, September 2013.

Seminars and lectures

  • (upcoming) "Designing smartphone apps that support habit formation", UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, London, December 2014.
  • "Smiling robots and vibrating helmets. Sketching and prototyping in UX Design.", invited talk, Design Practice module, MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics, UCL, London, November 2014.
  • "Designing technologies that support human behaviour", lecture, Behaviour Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach module, BSc in Psychology, UCL, London, October 2014.
  • "Evaluating smartphone apps", Evaluation methods in eHealth: eHealth unit technology knowledge sharing seminar series, London, September 2014
  • "Did you take your Pill after breakfast?" How smartphone apps can support the creation of medication-taking habits, Health Informatics Seminar, BCS Scotland & University of Edinburgh, August 2014
  • "Evaluating health-related smartphone apps", guest lecture, Research Methods module, MSc in Health Informatics, UCL, London, March 2014.

Workshops and doctoral consortia

  • "Personalized routine support for tackling medication non-adherence", Personalised behaviour change technologies workshop at CHI, Toronto, April 2014.
  • "How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception", Habits in HCI Workshop, British HCI, Uxbridge, September 2013.
  • "Errors during medicine use", public engagement workshop with older adults organised by UCL School of Pharmacy, London, July 2013.
  • "How existing technology supports remembering oral contraception", IHFE and CHI+MED Doctoral Consortium, London, June 2013.

Industry events

See my Lanyrd profile page for details about industry events I spoke at or co-organised.

  • "Free yourself from perfectionism", Dare Conference, London, September 2014
  • "Medication reminder apps: The Bad and The Ugly", UX Brighton - The Health Check, April 2014.
  • "Broken necks and twisted wrists: Responsible design for tablets", Over the Air, Bletchley Park, September 2013.
  • "Tablets are bad for posture: should we care?", UXCampLondon 2013, London, August 2013.
  • "Using Human Factors methods for UX research", UXCampBrighton 2012, Brighton, December 2012.
  • "Sex and UX: Researching sensitive topics", UXCampLondon 2012, London, July 2012.
  • "Touchy feely creepy design", Geeky, London, May 2012.
  • "Mobile UX" (co-presented with Arran Ross-Paterson), UXCampLondon 2011, London, July 2011.
  • "Storytelling and UX: Role-playing your personas", UXCampLondon 2010, London, April 2010.

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