Guest Lecture: Jordan Eschler

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

The Invisible Work of Coping: Self-Management for Mental Health

Even with access to professional care on a regular basis, individuals face daily challenges in self-management for mental health care. In this talk, I will present research related to self-management of mental health in three contexts: first, in response to trauma (specifically, cancer diagnosis and treatment); second, as routine of self-care undertaken by individuals diagnosed with and managing depression; and third, among homeless youth aged 18-24, who are learning to navigate young adulthood without normative material and social support.

All three of these research contexts reveal the invisible work of self-management performed by individuals who face challenges with their mental health. Findings from this research center the experiences of individuals who have designed their own coping strategies in response to these challenges, yielding perspectives of productive health information behavior in the context of self-management. Finally, as a result of these research findings, I will describe implications for supporting the invisible work of mental health care daily routines, as well as for designing digital interventions for individuals coping with trauma or mental illness.

Speaker Bio:

Jordan Eschler received her PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington in 2017. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the People, Information, & Technology Changing Health (PITCH) Lab at Northwestern University.

Her research interests include cancer survivorship and self-presentation, digital interventions for mental health self-management, and incorporating underserved technology stakeholders in user research and design for health.

Dr. Eschler has published her research in a variety of communities including ACM conferences like CSCW and CHI, as well the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium.