Andrea G. Parker

Assistant Professor
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 460 WVH
Phone: 617-373-7228


Professor Parker holds joint appointments in the Department of Health Sciences and the College of Computer & Information Science. Her interdisciplinary research examines how interactive computing applications can address racial, ethnic, and economic health disparities in domains such as nutrition and physical activity. She uses in-depth fieldwork to examine the intra-personal, social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence a person's ability and desire to make healthy decisions. Using the insights gained in these investigations, she designs mobile, ubiquitous and collaborative computing systems to support health and wellness. Much of her research has focused on the design of interactive systems that help neighborhoods care for themselves, and systems that encourage adolescent and family-based behavior change.

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Education/degrees: B.S., Computer Science, Northeastern University 2005; Ph.D., Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology 2011



Specializations: Health informatics, human-computer interaction, health disparities

Research Interests: mobile and ubiquitous computing for health and wellness promotion, health disparities, community informatics, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), qualitative research methods


  • CS5340 Human-Computer Interaction


  1. Grimes, A. (2010). Sharing Personal Reflections on Health Locally. Shared Encounters, Springer: 255-268.
  2. Grimes, A., M. Bednar, et al. (2008). EatWell: Sharing nutrition-related memories in a low-income community. InProc. of CSCW'08, ACM: 87-96.
  3. Grimes, A. and A. J. Brush (2008). Life scheduling to support multiple social roles. InProc. of CHI'08, ACM: 821-824.
  4. Grimes, A. and R. Grinter (2007). Designing Persuasion: Health Technology for Low-Income African American Communities. In Proc. of Persuasive'07, Springer-Verlag: 24-35.
  5. Grimes, A. and R. Harper (2008). Celebratory Technology: New Directions for Food Research in HCI. InProc. of CHI’08, ACM: 467-476.
  6. Grimes, A., V. Kantroo, et al. (2010). Let's play!: mobile health games for adults. InProc. of Ubicomp'10, ACM: 241-250.
  7. Grimes, A., B. Landry, et al. (2010). Characteristics of Shared Health Reflections in a Local Community. InProc. of CSCW'10, ACM: 435-444.
  8. Grimes, A., D. Tan, et al. (2009). Toward technologies that support family reflections on health. InProc. of GROUP'09, ACM: 311-320.
  9. Grinter, R. E., K. A. Siek, et al. (2010). "Is wellness informatics a field of human-centered health informatics?" Interactions 17(1): 76-79.
  10. Parker, A. G., R. Harper, et al. (2011). "Celebratory Health Technology." Journal of Science & Diabetes Technology 5(2): 333-339.
  11. Parker, A. G., V. Kantroo, et al. (2012). Health Promotion as Activism: Building Community Capacity to Affect Social Change. InProc. of CHI'12, ACM:99-108.