I'm a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Researcher in the Digital Interaction Group based at Culture Lab at Newcastle University (UK). I have a background in Applied Cognition and Media Science and are in the final stages of completing my PhD in Computing Science. In my day-to-day work I design, develop, deploy, and evaluate novel technologies that address important human needs and are often targeted at improving people’s quality of life. I’ve worked on a wide range of projects and in a wide range of contexts including for example the design and evaluation of persuasive technology to promote sustainable behaviours (BinCam) or investigations of how interactive artefacts can help create space for intimate communications between romantic partners (Lovers' box). My main area of interest are sensitive and empathic approaches to the design of technology that can enhance people’s mental wellbeing, especially for people who experience mental health problems. My PhD research investigated how technology can becoming a useful vehicle in promoting the mental wellbeing of a group of women, who were suffering from severe mental health problems and were living in a medium secure forensic hospital unit. To this end, a set of three interactive artefacts (Spheres of Wellbeing) were designed to help familiarise the women with important Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills of mindfulness and distress tolerance; and to assist them in the formation of a positive self-image.
Digital Interaction Group
Culture Lab (Space 2)
NE1 7RU Newcastle upon Tyne
anja.thieme [at] ncl.ac.uk
21st November 2014 - CHI 2015 workshops accepted on "Developing Skills for Social and Emotional Wellbeing" and "Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research in Sensitive Settings".
6th October 2014 - Starting my 3-month Internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge with Siân Lindley (HXD group).
17th September 2014 - Cfp: Please submit to Interacting with Computers (IwC) Special Issue: "Co-Constructing Meaning: Ethic Matter(s) in Design Research".
30th August 2014 - CSCW 2015 paper accepted, entitled: "On Becoming a Counsellor: Challenges and Opportunities to Support Interpersonal Skills Training".
28th August 2014 - PhD viva passed! Many thanks to my examiners: Wendy Moncur (external) and Abigail Durrant (internal).