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I am a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. I work with Katie Siek in the ProHealth Group.

Very broadly, my research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and health informatics.

Current Projects

YouTube vlog

Vloggers on YouTube. Vlogging on YouTube has become a recent phenomenon. I have been examining various types of vloggers: (1) Health vloggers share their stories, experiences, and knowledge about their chronic illness with the general public. We are examined how vlogs may differentiate from traditional blogs. I am also examining YouTubers who are a subset of vloggers who have gained a mass following through uploading videos. We are interested in the experiences and practices of these YouTubers in how they connect with their viewers.


I received my PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics (2015) from the University of Washington where I was advised by Wanda Pratt. I was a member of the iMed group and dub. I was also a National Library of Medicine (part of NIH) predoctoral training fellow from 2011 to 2014 and an intern at Microsoft Research in 2013.

I received my MS in Information and Computer Sciences (2011) and BS in Informatics (2009) from the University of California, Irvine. My advisor was Gillian Hayes.

Social Connectedness for Children with a Chronic Illness. Pediatric patients with a chronic illness like cancer can be socially isolated. They might be stuck in the hospital or at home. We wanted to understand how we could design technologies to help patients feel more connected to their peers.

Healthcare Robots. Robots have long been portrayed in media such as films or books. Now, there is also a growing presence of robots in everyday settings. We are examining how different types of robots (for example, healthcare robots) are being portrayed in online content by using critical methods such as discourse analysis.

Estrellita. Upon leaving the hospital, parents of high-risk infants experience a variety of challenges in providing care at home. We wanted to understand the role of social interaction and information-sharing surrounding high-risk infants among both home caregivers and health professionals.

Electronic Medical Records. Introducing large-scale information systems, like electronic medical records (EMRs), can have many affects on workers. We looked at a deployment phase at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center to understand how the deployment influenced their communication and work practices.

Usability and Usefulness of Personal Health Records. Personal health records (PHRs) have enormous potential to improve both documentation of health information and patient care. The adoption of these systems, however, has been relatively slow. We evaluated the usability concerns and socio-cultural influences of these systems.


Jordan Eschler, Leslie S. Liu, Lisa Vizer, Jennifer McClure, Paula Lozano, Wanda Pratt, and James Ralston. 2015. Designing Asynchronous Communication Tools for Optimization of Patient-Clinician Coordination. Proceedings of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA 2015).

Leslie S. Liu, Kori Inkpen, and Wanda Pratt. 2015. "I'm Not Like My Friends": Understanding How Children with a Chronic Illness Use Technology to Maintain Normalcy. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2015). (pdf)

Norman Makoto Su, Leslie S. Liu, and Amanda Lazar. 2014. Mundanely Miraculous: The Robot in Healthcare. Proceedings of NordiCHI 2014. (pdf)

Jina Huh, Leslie S. Liu, Tina Neogi, Kori Inkpen, and Wanda Pratt. 2014. Health Vlogs as Social Support for Chronic Illness Management. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). (pdf)

Leslie S. Liu, Jina Huh, Tina Neogi, Kori Inkpen, and Wanda Pratt. 2013. Health Vlogger-Viewer Interaction in Chronic Illness Management. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013). (pdf) (Best Paper Nomination)

Leslie S. Liu, Sen H. Hirano, Monica Tentori, Karen G. Cheng, Sheba George, Sun Young Park, and Gillian R. Hayes. 2011. Improving Communication and Social Support for Caregivers of High-Risk Infants through Mobile Technologies. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2011). (pdf)

Leslie S. Liu, Patrick C. Shih, and Gillian R. Hayes. 2011. Barriers to the Adoption and Use of Personal Health Record Systems. Proceedings of the 2011 iConference. (pdf)

Doctoral Consortiums

Leslie S. Liu. Designing Communication Technologies for Children with a Chronic Illness. Doctoral Colloquium at GROUP 2014. November 2014.

Position Papers

Amanda Lazar, Leslie S. Liu, Albert Park, and Wanda Pratt. SunDay: Using Metaphors to Design Visualizations of Sun Exposure. AMIA 2012; Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare. Chicago, IL. November 2012.

Leslie S. Liu and Judith S. Olson. Social Behaviour of Remote Physicians While Using a Videoconference Robot. HCI 2011; Beyond Mobile Context Workshop. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. July 2011.

Leslie S. Liu and Gillian R. Hayes. Heuristic Evaluation of Personal Health Records Systems. CHI 2010; Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare. Atlanta, GA. April 2010.

Leslie S. Liu and Gillian R. Hayes. Evaluating the Usefulness and Usability of Collaborative Personal Health Record Systems. CSCW 2010; Workshop on Research in Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future. Savannah, GA. February 2010.

Leslie S. Liu and Gillian R. Hayes. Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of Heuristic Evaluation for Personal Health Records. Symposium for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Irvine, CA. May 2009.