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Samantha Whitman

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Student Worker, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
College of Global Futures

Biography: 

Samantha is an HSD PhD Student, and Graduate Research Assistant for The School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Collge of Health Soultions. She is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher who investigates within the bounds of health care systems to understand the social construction of medical treatment while bridging together disciplines of Human-Centered Computing, Health Services Research, Science and Technology Studies. Samantha aims to shift the understanding of disease and treatment through the perspectives of patients themselves, with goals to influence design and implementation of user/patient-centered technologies and treatment. Samantha's work intersects fields of HCC (Human-Computer Interaction, Health Informatics), HSR, and STS (Medical Sociology, Biomedical STS, feminist STS); and covers topics related to Patient Work (e.g., Information Work, Navigation Practices, Bodily Experiences) of chronic illness management; including how health information technology affects individuals' health.

Education: 

Masters of Science in the Science of Healthcare Delivery,   August 2017 - May 2018

College of Health Solutions

Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona          

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (Health Policy),   January 2015 – December 2016

College of Health Solutions

Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Public Administration and Public Management Certificate

Associates of Science,   August 2011 - December 2014

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, Arizona

Research Interests: 

Human-Computer Interaction, Health Informatics, Health Care Delivery, Complex Systems, Observational/Ethnographic studies, Public Health, process improvement, Policy Informatics, community-engaged research, evidence-based decision making, technological implementations to society, information technology, patient advocacy/empowerment, participatory research, healthcare navigation, user-centered computing, consumer health, patient-centered information technologies, and population health.

Publications: 

 

  • Whitman, S. A., Pine, K. H., Thorsteinsdottir, B., Organick-Lee, P., Thota, A., Espinoza Suarez, N. R., Johnston, E. W., Boehmer, K. R., (2021). Bodily Experiences of Illness and Treatment as Information Work: The Case of Chronic Kidney Disease. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5(CSCW2), 1-28.
  • Boehmer, K. R., Pine, K. H., Whitman, S., Organick, P., Thota, A., Espinoza Suarez, N. R., LaVecchia, C.M., Lee, A., Behnken, E., Thorsteinsdottir, B., Pawar, A. S., Beck, A., Lorenz, E. C., & Albright, R. C. (2021). Do patients with high versus low treatment and illness burden have different needs? A mixed-methods study of patients living on dialysis. Plos one, 16(12), e0260914.
  • Pine, K.H., Lee, M., Whitman, S.A., Chen, Y., Henne, K., (2021) Making Sense of Risk Information amidst Uncertainty: Individuals’ Perceived Risks Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Article 653, p. 1–15.
  • Barreto, E. F., McCoy, R. G., Larson, J. J., Warsame, R. M., Kennedy, C. C., Baker, A. E., Hart, E. S., Pagel, S. M., Whitman, S. A., Boehmer, K. R., & Enders, F. T. (2021). Evaluation of the academic achievements of clinician health services research scientists involved in “pre-K” career development award programs. Journal of clinical and translational science5(1).
  • Jelen, B., Richards, O. K., Whitman, S. A., Ongwere, T., Kresnye, K. C., & Siek, K. A. (2020). Exploring the Use of Electronics to Customize Pervasive Health Technologies with Older Adult Crafters. In Proceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth '20). p. 166–178.
Research Activity: 

Arizona State University - Graduate Research Assistant  August 2017 – Present

  • Collaborated with Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in qualitative research study investigating the dimensions of patient work through the case of Chronic Kidney Disease. Supported writing two manuscripts describing the multiple dimensions of Patient Work for chronically ill patients.
  • Collaborated with researchers from Arizona State University and George Mason University to explore the multiple risks that individuals perceive related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which they manage these risks in everyday life across the United States.
  • Collaborated with researchers from Arizona State University, University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Emerson College investigating how Boston city officials utilize data from civic technologies, specifically in the context during the time of the pandemic through qualitative methods. 

Patient-Centered Exploration and Innovation to Understand and Ease the Burden of Dialysis November 2017-Present

• Collaborated with Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota researching the level of intrusiveness for dialysis patients and better understnad how patients navigate the complex healthcare system to receive and maintain treatment.

• Received funding from Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program 2018 to continue research with Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit. 

Presentations: 
  • Whitman, S., 2018. Patient-Centered Exploration and Innovation to Understand and Ease the Burden of Dialysis, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery Research Poster Symposium, School of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Richards, O., Whitman, S., Jelen, B., Siek, K., 2016. Empowering Older Adult Creative Groups with Maker Technology. CUR's 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium. Arlington, VA, USA
  • Richards, O., Whitman, S., Jelen, B., Siek, K., 2016. Empowering Older Adult Creative Groups with Maker Technology. Indiana University ProHealth REU Presentation. Bloomington, IN, USA
  • Whitman, S., 2016. The Quantified Self for Customized Health Care, Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, School of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA

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Honors / Awards: 
  • Dean's List of ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion,   Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
  • Indiana University ProHealth R.E.U. Best Paper, July 2016
  • Indiana University ProHealth R.E.U. Honorable Mention for Best Project Presentation,   July 2016
  • Indiana University ProHealth R.E.U. Best Peer Reviewer,   July 2016
  • Arizona State University’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship,   Spring 2016
  • Arizona State University’s Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship,   Fall 2017

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Editorships: 

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Professional Associations: 

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Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

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Work History: 

Food Hub Feasibility Study - Food Research Intern,   January 2017 – August 2017

Local First Arizona Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Conducted research in food production and consumption of the Copper Corridor located in the rural East region of the state of Arizona.
  • Directed local participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of the study done by the partnership between Local First Arizona Foundation and the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Created a producer-tailored toolkit that provided an extensive overview of the collected data, funding opportunities, community support, and policies that affect local producers in the region

Undergraduate ProHealth R.E.U. - Student Researcher,   May 2016 – July 2016

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

  • Analyzed how craft-based participatory designs can communicate to researchers what methods to use when implementing technology in a meaningful way to empower older adults with their health.
  • Conducted and investigated quantitative and qualitative data in the human-computer interaction field.
  • Composed a professional research paper that was offered for co-authorship for future publishing.
  • Honorably mentioned for ‘Best Project Presentation’ and awarded ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Peer Reviewer.
  • Selected to present research at National Science Foundation’s Council on Undergraduate Research's 2016 R.E.U. Symposium.

 

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Service: 

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