Lisa Vizer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Specialty Areas: Human-Computer Interaction, mHealth, Health Informatics, Cognition, Mental Health

Chronology: BS Summa Cum Laude, Computer Science, Human Factors minor: Carnegie Mellon University, 1998; MHCI: Human-Computer Interaction, HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998; MS, Information Systems: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), 2009; PhD, Information Systems: UMBC, 2013; NLM Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical and Health Informatics: University of Washington, 2013-2015; Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015-present.

Dr. Vizer applies person-centered research methods within the sociotechnical theoretical framework of information science to problems in personal health. She studies information needs and gaps in health support to inform development of appropriate solutions to assist people in managing their health in the way they desire. Dr. Vizer then evaluates the feasibility and efficacy of those solutions. She is especially interested in mHealth solutions that apply remote passive sensing of keystroke metadata on smartphones to detect and alleviate mood and cognition issues. Applications she is investigating include monitoring and assessment of cancer-related cognitive impairment in people diagnosed while adolescents and young adults, mental health in people diagnosed with cancer while adolescents and young adults, traumatic brain injury, and age-related cognitive decline.

Selected Bibliography:
Vizer LM, Eschler J, Koo B, Ralston J, Pratt W, Munson SA. Under Review. “It’s not just technology, it’s people”: A Conceptual Model of Shared Health Informatics for chronic illness. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR).

Koo B and Vizer LM. Accepted. Mobile Technology for Cognitive Assessment of Older Adults: A Scoping Review. Innovation in Aging: an Open Access Journal of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Vizer LM and Sears A. 2017. Efficacy of personalized models in discriminating high cognitive demand conditions using text-based interactions. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 104, 80-96.

Vizer LM and Sears A. 2015. Classifying Text-Based Computer Interactions for Health Monitoring. IEEE Pervasive Computing. 14(4), pp64-71.

O’Leary K, Vizer LM, Eschler J, Ralston J, Pratt W. 2015. Understanding patients’ health and technology attitudes for tailoring self-management interventions. 2015 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. [Homer Warner Distinguished Paper Award]

Eschler J, Liu L, Vizer LM, McClure J, Lozano P, Pratt W, Ralston J. 2015. Designing Asynchronous Communication Tools for Optimization of Patient-Clinician Coordination. 2015 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium.

O’Leary K, Eschler J, Kendall L, Vizer LM, Ralston J, Pratt W. 2015. Understanding Design Tradeoffs for Health Technologies: A Mixed-Methods Approach. In Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference, May 2015.

Eschler J, Kendall L, O’Leary K, Vizer LM, Lozano P, McClure J, Pratt W, Ralston J. 2015. Shared Calendars for Home Health Management. In Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Conference, 2015.

Kendall L., Eschler J, Lozano P, McClure J, Vizer LM, Ralston J, Pratt W. 2014. Engineering for reliability in at-home chronic disease management. In Proceedings of American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, November 2014.

Vizer LM, Zhou L, and Sears A. 2009. Automated Stress Detection Using Keystroke and Text Features: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 67(10), 870-886.

View list of publications on NCBI.

Recognitions and Honors:
Young Investigator, Sage Assembly, Seattle, WA, 2018
mHealth Summer Training Institute, NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge, Los Angeles, CA, 2017
NSF Smart and Connected Health Aspiring Investigators Workshop, Washington, DC, 2015
AMIA Homer Warner Best Paper Award, 2015
ACM CHI Conference Graduate Student Research Competition, Paris, France, 3rd place, 2013
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006-2011
Best Presentation Award, USAB, 2011
Phi Kappa Phi, Member, 2011
Phi Beta Kappa, Member, 1998