UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Anna Cox

Prof Anna Cox

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

UCL Interaction Centre

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2004

Research summary

I use theories and methods from social science to study work-based digital technology use, in order to help people be happier, healthier and more productive. My research interests include the use of digital tech to help:

* reduce work-related stress 

* maintain a good work-life balance

* remain focused and ignore distractions when working

Teaching summary

I'm the module convenor for PSYC0099 Serious and Persuasive Games.

I also teach research methods on PSYC0101 Interaction Science. I co-edited one of the key texts for the module Research Methods for Human Computer Interaction: Cambridge University Press. 'Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction is a wonderful resource, for both students and practitioners, who need to take a scientific approach to the design of user interfaces. [....]' Dr Alan Blackwell, Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.


University of Hertfordshire
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2003
University of Hertfordshire
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2002
Queen Mary and Westfield College
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1998
University of Hertfordshire
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1997


Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences. She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017, chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of a silver award on 2 occasions, and Faculty Athena SWAN lead 2017-2019. She is also a parent.

Professor Cox's first degree is in Cognitive Science (Hertfordshire), and her MSc is in Human-Computer Interaction (Queen Mary, University of London). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. She became a lecturer in the Computer Science department at University of Hertfordshire before moving to UCL as a Lecturer in 2004. She was promoted to full professor in 2017.

Professor Cox has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on exploratory learning, to more recent work on human error, digital games, habit formation and personal informatics. Her current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age.

Professor Cox is a member of both the CHI and the CHI PLAY steering committees. She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their 2019 inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. She has served in senior roles on the programme and organising committees of a number of top-tier HCI conferences, including as technical programme chair for CHI2018 and CHI2019 and general chair of CHI PLAY 2015 and 2016.