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Investigating the key information needs required to facilitate shared decision making between patients, families, and clinicians when reviewing and interpreting renal pathology images to develop a prototype visual decision aid.

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Investigating the visual metaphors and images people with bipolar disorder associate with their condition in order to better understand how personal health data could be visualized to display self-tracking data.

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Exploring COVID-19 visualizations available through local, state, federal, and international public health organizations to learn about the ways that marginalized groups have encountered and are using these infographics to make decisions.

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Critical Visual Methodology for Design Research

The Visualization Studies Research Studio is led by Jaime Snyder, Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. We use qualitative and design methods to work with image-making as a form of inquiry and social interaction. Our collaborators work across a range of academic disciplines and practice, including public engagement in science, personal informatics, digital mental health, and health informatics for collaborative decision-making.

Recent Publications

Annuska Zolyomi and Jaime Snyder (2023). “Designing for Common Ground: Visually Representing Conversation Dynamics of Neurodiverse Dyads,” Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact (CSCW 2023).

Julia C. Dunbar, Emily Bascom, Wanda Pratt, Jaime Snyder, Jodi M. Smith, and Ari H. Pollack (2022). “My Kidney Identity: Contextualizing pediatric patients and their families kidney transplant journeys,” Pediatric Transplantation, DOI: 10.1111/petr.14343

Dror Ben-Zeev, Suzanne Meller, Jaime Snyder, Dzifa A. Attah, Liam Albright, Hoa Le, Seth M. Asafo, Pamela Y. Collins, Angela Ofori-Atta (2021). A Digital Toolkit (M-Healer) to Improve Care and Reduce Human Rights Abuses Against People With Mental Illness in West Africa: User-Centered Design, Development, and Usability Study. JMIR Ment Health 2021;8(7):e28526
DOI: 10.2196/28526

Annuska Zolyomi and Jaime Snyder (2021). “Social-Emotional-Sensory Design Map for Affective Computing Informed by Neurodivergent Experiences.” Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 5, CSCW1, Article 77 (April 2021), 37 pages. DOI:

Jaime Snyder (2020). “Visualizing Biological Rhythms: A Critical Visual Analysis of Mental Health in Flux.” Proc of the 2020 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ‘20). ACM, NY, NY.Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%). Diversity and Inclusion Recognition.

Justin Petelka, Lucy Van Kleunen, Liam Albright, Elizabeth Murnane, Stephen Voida, and Jaime Snyder (2020). “Being (In)Visible: Privacy, Transparency, and Disclosure in the Self-Management of Bipolar Disorder.” In Proc of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). ACM, NY, NY, pp. 1–14. DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376573.