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Tad Hirsch Biography

Tad Hirsch

Assistant Professor of Art and Design
College of Arts, Media, and Design

[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Human Trafficking
Environmental Justice
Public Protest

About

Tad Hirsch is Professor of Art + Design at Northeastern University, where he conducts research and creative practice at the intersection of design, engineering, and social justice. He is currently developing automated assessment and training tools for addiction counseling and mental health; prior work has tackled such thorny issues as human trafficking, environmental justice, and public protest.

Hirsch’s creative work has been exhibited at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) Karlsruhe, The New Museum, The Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum, and MassMoca, and has been featured at international festivals including ISEA and Ars Electronica. He has received awards and commissions from the IxDA, IDSA, Prix Ars Electronica, Design Ignites Change, and Rhizome.org.

Hirsch earned his PhD and MSc at the M.I.T. Media Lab. He also holds an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon, and a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Hirsch was Associate Professor of Interaction Design at the University of Washington and Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He is also founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an influential art/technology/activism collective that was active from 1998-2008.

Publications – Past 5 years

Conference Proceedings  

Hirsch, T. (2020) “Practicing Without a License: Design Research and Psychotherapy,” ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI’20), Honolulu. Acceptance rate: TBD 

Lim, C., Berry, A., Hartzler, A.L., Hirsch, T., et al (2019) “Facilitating Self-reflection about Values and Self-care among Individuals with Chronic Conditions,” ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI’19), Glasgow. Acceptance rate: 23.8% 

Berry, A., Lim, C., Hartzler, A.L., Hirsch, T., et al (2019) “Supporting Communication About Values Between People with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Providers,“ ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI’19), Glasgow. Acceptance rate: 23.8%  

Hirsch, T., Soma, C., Merced, K., Kuo, P., Dembe, A., Caperton, D., Atkins, D., Imel, Z. (2018) “It’s hard to argue with a computer:” Investigating Psychotherapists’ Attitudes towards Automated Evaluation,” ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’18), Hong Kong. Acceptance rate: 23%. 

Berry, A., Lim, C., Hartzler, A. L., Hirsch, T., Ludman, E., Wagner, E., Ralston, J. (2018) “Eliciting Values of Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Evaluation of a Patient-centered Framework,” American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (AMIA), Washington DC.  

Hirsch, T.,  Merced, K., Narayanan, S., Imel, Z.I., Atkins, D.C. “Designing Con-testability: Interaction Design, Machine Learning, and Mental Health,“ ACM Con-ference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’17), Newcastle. Best paper honarble mention (top 5% reviews). Acceptance rate: 24%.  

Berry, A.,Lim, C., Hartzler, A., Hirsch, T., Ludman, E., Wagner, E., Ralston, J. “Creating Conditions for Patients’ Values to Emerge in Clinical Conversations: Perspectives of Health Care Team Members,” ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’17), Newcastle. Acceptance rate: 24%. 

Berry, A., Lim, C., Hartzler, A., Hirsch, T., Wagner, E., Ludman, E., Ralston, R. (2017) ”How Values Shape Collaboration Between Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions and Spousal Caregivers,” ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI’17), Denver CO. Acceptance rate: 25% 

Berry, A., Lim, C., Hirsch, T., Hartzler, A., Wagner, E., Ludman, E., Ralston, R (2017) “Getting Traction When Overwhelmed: Implications for Supporting Patient-Provider Communication,” ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW’17), Portland OR. Acceptance rate: 35%. 

Hirsch, T., Gray, G., Gibson, J., Narayanan, S., Imel, Z., Atkins, D. (2016) “Developing an Automated Report Card for Addiction Counseling: The Counselor Observer Ratings Expert for MI (CORE-MI),” AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium, Chicago IL. 

Berry, A., Lim, C., Hirsch, T., Hartzler, A, Wagner, E., Ludman, E., Ralston, R. (2016) “A Framework Toward Honoring the Values of Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions,” AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium, Chicago IL. 

Hirsch, T., Lim, C., Otten, J. (2016) “What’s for Lunch? A Socioecological Approach to Childcare Nutrition,“ ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’16), Brisbane Australia. Acceptance rate: 26% 

Lim, C., Berry, A., Hirsch, T., Hartzler, A., Ralston, J. (2016) “It just seems outside my health: How Patients with Chronic Conditions Perceive Communication Boundaries with Providers,“ ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’16), Brisbane Australia. Acceptance rate: 26%

Journal Articles   

Fox, S., Lim, C., Hirsch, T., Rosner, D.K. (2020) “Accounting for Design Activism: On the Positionality and Politics of Designerly Intervention“ Design Issues (36:1, Winter 2020) 

Imel, Z.E., Pace, B.T., Soma, C. S. Tanana, M., Hirsch, T. Gibson, J., Georgiou, P.G., Narayanan, S., Atkins, D. (2019) “Design and Feasibility of an Automated, Machine-Learning Feedback System for Motivational Interviewing.” Psychotherapy (9:57, Article 2018-0777). (http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000221) 

Berry, A.B.L., Lim, C.Y., Hartzler, A.L., Hirsch, T., Ludman, E.J., Wagner, E., Ralston, J.D. (2017) “It’s Good to Know You’re Not a Stranger Every Time: Communication About Values Between Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions and Healthcare Providers,” PACM on Human Computer Interaction (1:2, Article 23, November 2017). 

Lim, C.Y., Berry, A.B.L., Hirsch, T., Hartzler, A.L., Wagner, E., Ludman, E.J., Ralston, J.D. (2017) “Understanding What Is Most Important to Individuals with MultipleChronic Conditions: A Qualitative Study of Patients’ Perspectives,” Journal of General Internal Medicine (28 August 2017). 

Otten, J., Hirsch, T., Lim, C. (2017) “Factors that influence food purchases by child care providers: A qualitative study,” Journal of the Academy of Nursing and Dietetics (117:5, May 2017) p.725-734. 

Hirsch, T. (2016) “Surreptitious Communication Design,” Design Issues (32:2, Spring 2016) p.64-77. 

Book Chapters   

Hirsch, T. (2016) “Pivot: Surreptitious Communications Design for Victims of Human Trafficking,” in Civic Media Reader (Gordon, E. and Mihaldis, P. eds), Cambridge MA: MIT Press. 

Invited Articles  

Costanza-Chock, S., Hirsch, T., & Childs, Q. (2020). “In the open: TXTmob and Twitter,” The Knowledge Futures Commonplacehttps://doi.org/10.21428/6ffd8432.fec9fd40