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

  • (upcoming) "Beyond self-tracking and reminders: Designing smartphone apps that support habit formation", CHI'2015, Seoul, April 2015.
  • "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

  • "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.
  • "How existing technology supports remembering oral contraception", IHFE and CHI+MED Doctoral Consortium, London, June 2013.

Public engagement events

  • "Habit Cookbook: Helping people develop good work habits", Focus On The Positive public engagement event, UCL and U3A, November 2014.
  • "Safer medical devices and number magic for children", Brighton Science Festival, Brighton, February 2014.
  • "Errors during medicine use", public engagement workshop with older adults organised by UCL School of Pharmacy, London, July 2013.

Industry events

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

  • (upcoming) "Imperfect learning: How embracing mistakes helps us learn new things", Ladies That UX Brighton @ Spring Forward, March 2014
  • "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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