TorCHI  Toronto Region Computer Human Interaction

Participatory Inclusive Design in Health and Wellbeing, by Dr. Kate Sellen, OCADU's Canadian Research Chair in Health Design

  • 06 Mar 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Bahen Centre, 40 St George St, Room 1170

Participatory Inclusive Design in Health and Wellbeing


Abstract: It’s tempting to make sweeping statements about the health sector, for instance that it is dominated by science, or that doctors hold an inordinate amount of power. The reality may be far more interesting and design may have a particular role to play in offering alternative ways of doing things. In this talk, I will illustrate how different types of truth and knowledge inform the work I am engaged in, about how different experiences of health and wellbeing might come together through participatory and inclusive design research processes, and how designed objects, interactions, and experiences can be personally relevant, community relevant, and evidence based. I will also be talking about how an awareness of privilege informs choices about the topics, techniques, and ways of being, in my work.


Biography: Dr Kate Sellen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCADU and Canada Research Chair in Health Design (Tier 2). She leads the Health Design Studio at OCAD U. She was the inaugural director of the Health Design Master’s Program. Kate spent her early career as an interaction designer leading design research, digital strategy, and interaction design in the private sector. She now works on bringing an inclusive and interdisciplinary design approach to healthcare design challenges. Much of her work focuses on design for patient safety in safety critical and on high sensitivity topics, including the dosing, ordering, tapering, and management of opiates, communication at end of life, and the issuing and delivery of blood units for surgery. She previously held positions at University of Toronto’s Technology for Ageing Gracefully Lab, Knowledge Media Design Institute, and AT&T.

Research Paper  Problem Based Learning: Developing Competency in Knowledge Integration in Health Design

Presentation SLIDES Kate_Sellen_TORCHI_talk_Mar2019.pdf



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