K.W. (Kathleen) Guan

K.W. (Kathleen) Guan


Kathleen Guan is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. Caroline Figueroa and Dr.ir. Mark de Reuver at the Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management. Her research focuses on the holistic integration of biopsychosocial factors in adaptive and personalized digital intervention designs to promote health behaviour change in youth and across the lifespan.

Academic background

Kathleen Guan studied policy as an undergraduate at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA) before pivoting to health and obtaining her Master of Research in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from University College London (UK). For her master's thesis in family mental health, Kathleen undertook a year-long research placement at the Yale Child Study Center/Yale School of Medicine (New Haven, USA) and was awarded the cohort's outstanding dissertation prize.

Kathleen has collaborated extensively with colleagues at the Qatar Computing Research Institute to research applications of personas in user-centered design. She has also consulted on patient experience research for early-stage start-ups across a range of technologies, including telemedicine, mobile health applications, and virtual reality. Previously, Kathleen trained in public health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, USA) and the World Health Organization.

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