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Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor
School of Information
University of Michigan

3438 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

gmarcu -at-

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. Previously, I was in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. I hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine. 

I direct the Empathic Research Group. My research seeks to improve coordination and decision-making in health and social services through technology. I am particularly interested in the contexts of behavioral intervention, mental health, and special education. I design and evaluate new technologies by working closely with community partners. I use primarily qualitative methods to study and shape the role of technology in social interactions and organizational workflow.

My research interests include:

  • human-computer interaction

  • ubiquitous computing

  • computer-supported cooperative work

  • mobile health (mHealth)

  • qualitative methods


  • equity, inclusion, and social justice

  • behavioral intervention and mental health

  • empathy and user experience

  • participatory design

  • community-based participatory research, action research

I am also passionate about broadening participation in computing and changing the culture of our field. Read about my outreach efforts here.


Nov 16 | I am a recipient of the 2018 CUR Math and Computer Science Early Career Mentor Award for outstanding mentoring of undergraduate researchers.

Sept 18 | Looking forward to continuing conversations about conducting research with stigmatized populations at our CSCW 2018 workshop. [website]

Mar 19 | Our paper "Bounce: Designing a Physical Activity Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors" was accepted to PervasiveHealth 2018. [pdf]

Mar 15 | Honored to be selected for a NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, which recognizes faculty "for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields".  Thank you to my students and colleagues for nominating me!

Feb 16 | My research group had 4 late-breaking work submissions accepted to CHI 2018:

  • Co-Designing a Classroom Display to Support Behavior Management Plans [pdf]

  • The Role of Reflection and Context in Medication Adherence Tracking for People Living with HIV [pdf]

  • Designing an Emergency Response Community for Opioid Overdoses in Philadelphia [pdf]

  • Not Alone: Designing for Self-Disclosure and Social Support Exchange After Pregnancy Loss [pdf]

Feb 9 | Our workshop "Designing with Diverse Populations: Sharing Experiences, Best Practices and Opportunities" has been accepted to PervasiveHealth 2018. See you in New York! [website]


Mar 13-16 | IMLS National Forum on design thinking and methods in master's level library education in Seattle

Mar 28-Apr 7 | Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain

Apr 9-10 | Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction workshop in New Orleans

Apr 21-26 | CHI in Montreal

May 15-17 | NCWIT Summit in Grapevine, Texas

May 21-24 | PervasiveHealth in New York

Nov 2-7 | CSCW in Jersey City


SI 442: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation (Winter ‘19)

SI 672: Applied Clinical Informatics (Winter ‘19)