About the Journal

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Andre Kushniruk BA, MSc, PhD, FACMI

School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Research Focus

Andre Kushniruk’s research focuses on the usability of healthcare information systems and technologies, methodologies, usability testing, technology-induced errors, HCI models, frameworks, and theories.

Bio

Andre Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction, and usability engineering in health care. His work is known internationally and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. He focuses on developing new methods for the evaluation of information technology and studying human-computer interaction in health care.


Editorial Board Members/Section Editors

We are always interested in having new Editorial Board members join our team.  

Joseph Cafazzo PhD, PEng

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Canada

Research Focus

Joseph Cafazzo’s research focus is in the area of design, development, and evaluation of technologies for patient self-care. As a means to this end, he has a strong program in applied human factors. He is most interested in the outcomes of human factors engineering, rather than the methods, which are covered in other HF journals. He is very interested in how social media and gamification is used in behavior change. This is a topic that he believes is well studied and is encompassed in existing theory.

Bio

Joseph Cafazzo is the founder of Healthcare Human Factors, a hospital-based research team devoted to the improved safety and experience of health technologies through the use of rigorous design and evaluation methods. With more than 25 staff and students, it is the largest team of its kind internationally. 


Rafael Calvo PhD

University of Sydney, Australia

Research Focus

Rafael Calvo's research focus is on positive computing: designing technologies to support psychological wellbeing and human potential.

Bio

Rafael A. Calvo, PhD (2000) is a professor at the University of Sydney, ARC Future Fellow, Director of the Positive Computing Lab and Co-Director of the Software Engineering Group that focuses on the design of systems that support wellbeing in areas of mental health, medicine, and education. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence applied to automatic document classification and has also worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, and as a consultant for projects worldwide. Rafael is the author of over 150 publications in the areas of affective computing, learning systems and web engineering, Senior Member of IEEE. Rafael is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. Rafael is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing (2015) and co-author of Positive Computing (MIT Press, 2014).


Yang Gong MD, PhD, FIAHSI

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, United States

Research Focus

Yang Gong’s research focuses on human-computer interaction, patient safety, and clinical decision support. 

Bio

Yang Gong is a physician and clinical informatician at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.


Tracey Herlihey PhD

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, Canada

Research Focus

Tracey Herlihey has research experience predominantly within the field of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and vision science with some human factors research (both in health care and within a military setting). Most recently she has conducted heuristic and usability evaluations of medical devices and software interfaces and conducted ethnographic studies to identify user information, communication and technology needs both in isolated and remote communities as well as in urban centers.

Bio 

Tracey Herlihey is a PhD in Applied Psychology focusing on perception and performance with experience teaching Psychology and Design, Vision Science, Human Factors Research Methods, and Engineering Psychology. As a Human Factors Specialist, she has conducted heuristic and usability evaluations on medical devices and software interfaces for both private and public sector clients.

Yang Gong is a physician and clinical informatician at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.


Christine Jacob PhD

FHNW, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

Research Focus

Christine’s research focuses on healthcare technology adoption, looking into the social, organizational, and technical factors impacting user acceptance of novel digital health tools. Her work explores the challenges and opportunities of eHealth uptake, and the diffusion of innovation in healthcare organizations. She is passionate about investigating practical approaches to human-centred design in med tech, and innovative ways of engaging patients and clinicians in the development process.

Bio 

Christine’s long experience in the health care sector equipped her with a very good understanding of the practical challenges and opportunities faced by the different health care stakeholders when it comes to eHealth development, adoption, and implementation. She complements this knowledge with in-depth academic research through her work as a health tech researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. This unique background that balances practice and academic research enables her, on one hand, to lead hands-on digital health strategy and implementation projects with the rigor of a scientist, and on the other hand, to conduct research that goes beyond theory and tackles real-life issues in a very practicable manner.


Vicki Lewis PhD

National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, USA

Research Focus

Vicki Lewis’ research focuses on socio-technical systems, systems engineering approaches to safety in health care, and the usability of medical devices.

Bio

Vicki Lewis is the Associate Director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare.


Plinio Morita PhD MSc PEng

School of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Waterloo, Canada

Research Focus 

Dr. Morita is a leading researcher in the use of AI and IoT for public health, global health, and technology for supporting independent living. At the UbiLab, his research team focuses on the use of IoT technologies, big data, and AI to improve current public health surveillance mechanisms and support countries in the monitoring of health indicators (e.g., physical activity, sleep, sedentary behavior), as well as environmental factors (e.g., heatwaves, extreme air pollution). Professor Morita’s research team has developed large-scale data collection ecosystems for supporting local initiatives in Canada and low and middle income countries (LMIC) in their efforts to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health behaviours, the impact of extreme air pollution on child and maternal health in LMICs (in partnership with UNICEF Mongolia), as well as the impact of heatwaves on seniors around the globe (in partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada). Through the development of data ecosystems and AI solutions, the UbiLab has been pushing the envelope in the development of predictive models that can help public health officials around the world to better understand their data, as well as creating real-time indicators to support risk mitigation initiatives aimed at minimizing the impact of uncontrolled urbanization and climate change on health. This same ecosystem has been used as part of a larger initiative (PATH Platform) in the area assistive technologies for independent living, where data from IoT sensors and wearables are integrated to enable the real-time monitoring of activities of daily living and safety. The ultimate goal of Morita’s work is to create sensors that help older adults and homecare patients live well in their homes as long as they can, and support older adults in senior living to be as active as possible. The technology used is inexpensive, and can not only monitor behaviour, but be extremely helpful to create reminders for everyday tasks like eating, drinking and turning on lights. For older adults living with dementia, these reminders could allow them to remain independent for much longer.

Bio

Plinio Morita is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Waterloo and a former J.W. Graham Information Technology Emerging Leader Chair in Applied Health Informatics (2016-2021). He also holds appointments as an affiliated scientist at eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, as a Research Scientist at the Research Institute for Aging, and as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

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“JHF fills an existing gap in Human Factors literature as it is the first academic journal focused on HF applications in health care.”


Calvin Or PhD

The University of Hong Kong, China

Research Focus

Calvin Or’s research focuses on human factors and ergonomics, human-computer interaction, consumer health informatics, health systems engineering, patient safety, workplace safety, ergonomics evaluation and analysis, information technology implementation, adoption, and acceptance.

Bio

Calvin Or received his PhD in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in human factors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests focus on human factors aspects of consumer health information technologies and technology acceptance and adoption. 


Avi Parush, PhD

Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Research Focus 

Avi Parush studies the integration of humans and technologies and the factors that influence patient safety quality of care. He studies teamwork and situational awareness in complex and critical situations in healthcare and other domains, and human-autonomous systems interactions.

Bio

Avi Parush is an adjunct professor in the School of Health Information Sciences, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kinston, ON, Canada, and an emeritus professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada. With 40 years of experience in the practice, research, and teaching in human factors, HCI, and usability, he is the founding Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Usability Studies (currently Journal of User Experience), and on the editorial board of Human Factors, Human Factors in Healthcare, and the International Journal of Healthcare Governance.


Blaine Price, PhD

Digital Health Lab, The Open University, United Kingdom; Milton Keynes University Hospital

Research Focus 

Blaine Price’s research focuses on improving user engagement with data from both self-logging as well as data from wearable and ubiquitous computing technology. He is particularly interested in improving health outcomes through clinician-patient collaboration.

Bio

Blaine Price is Professor of Computing and co-Director of the Digital Health Lab at the Open University in the UK, as well as a visiting Researcher in both Cardiology and the Trauma & Orthopaedics departments at Milton Keynes University Hospital. He completed his undergraduate training at Queen’s University, Kingston, and postgraduate education at the University of Toronto; his main area of research is Human-Computer Interaction. His research career spans 30 years and includes early work in software visualization, educational technology, privacy, forensics, machine learning, and digital health.


Yuri Quintana, PhD

Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Harvard Medical School, United States

Research Focus

Dr. Quintana's research is focused on learning networks and clinical care collaboration platforms that empower patients, families, and health professionals. He is leading the development of InfoSAGE, a mobile app for home-based coordination (https://infosagehealth.org) for medication and symptom management. 

Bio

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., is a global leader in developing and evaluating digital health systems. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Lahey Health and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University. He created Alicanto Cloud (https://www.alicantocloud.com) an online platform for learning and collaboration used by health professionals at Harvard-affiliated hospitals such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cancer to disseminate best health care practices and virtual consultations. Alicanto is used at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s JWEL Center for sharing best practices in education. As a Senior Scientist at Homewood Research Institute in Canada, he has developed new methods to evaluate digital mental health systems using evidence-based approaches. Previously, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he developed Cure4Kids, a global pediatric cancer learning network used by thousands of health professionals, POND4Kids, an international cancer registry, and Cure4Kids for Kids, a mobile app promoting healthy lifestyles for children. Quintana was a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network. He has held high-tech positions at IBM and Watcom. Quintana obtained his engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Engineering. More at http://www.yuriquintana.com and on Twitter at @yuriquintana.


Andrew Raij PhD

University of South Florida, USA

Research Focus

Andrew Raij’s research focuses on personal informatics and the quantified self; mobile health; just-in-time intervention; augmented, mixed, and virtual environments; and avatars.

Bio

Andrew Raij is the director the Powerful Interactive Experiences Laboratory (PIE Lab), an interdisciplinary user-centered human-computer interaction lab with a mission to create and study new systems, user interfaces, and experiences for health and wellbeing.


Pedro C Santana-Mancilla PhD

School of Telematics, Universidad de Colima, Mexico

Research Focus 

Dr. Mancilla's research interests focus on Human-Computer Interaction, information and communication technologies (ICT) for older adults, and serious games, the Internet of Things (IoT), and intelligent systems in health care.

Bio

Pedro C. Santana-Mancilla is a research professor at the School of Telematics at the Universidad de Colima in Mexico. He is a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE. He currently serves as President of the Mexican Association on Human-Computer Interaction (AMexIHC), as Chair of the Mexican ACM SIGCHI Chapter (CHI-Mexico), and as head of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (IHCLab) at the Universidad de Colima.


Svetlena Taneva BSc, MSc, PhD

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, Canada

Research Focus

Svetlena Taneva’s research focuses on operating room environments, patients with chronic kidney disease, and communication issues in the healthcare setting.

Bio

Svetlena Taneva is a Human Factors Specialist with Healthcare Human Factors at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. For the past 10 years, Svetlena has done extensive work and published on topics of Human Factors in health care. She is co-editor and chapter author of the first guidebook for conducting Human Factors work in health care (a 2-volume book).


Holly Witteman PhD

Université Laval, Canada

Research Focus

Holly Witteman’s research focuses on decision-making tools, risk communication tools, values clarification tools using methods such as eye tracking, measurement of emotion, and user-centered design.

Bio

Holly Witteman holds a PhD in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Toronto and completed a postdoctoral degree in Health Communication and Decision Making at the University of Michigan. Her research addresses the design and evaluation of interactive tools to support risk communication and decision making in health.