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University of Michigan School of Information

Gabriella Marcu

Gabriela Marcu

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/763-2285
Office: School of Information/105 S. State St. Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Gabriela Marcu studies the role of mobile and information systems in coordination of care for vulnerable populations. Her work has especially focused on applied behavior analysis for children with special needs, and other behavioral and mental health services. She designs and evaluates apps and other technologies to ensure that they fit their intended context of use, through community-based approaches, participatory design, and user experience research.

Areas of interest

Human-centered design; participatory research and design; collaboration of care teams; behavioral and mental health; special education

Honors and awards

Siebel Scholar; Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT); Early Career Mentor Award, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Math and Computer Science Division


PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University

BS in Informatics, University of California, Irvine


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Neighbor saving neighbor during an opioid crisis using a smartphone

A UMSI researcher says empowering communities to form an opioid crisis response network based around the technology we carry with us every day can save lives when an overdose is suspected.

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Behavior-tracking app for special ed students
App documents behavior of special ed students

School districts are failing to accurately report when their most vulnerable students are being physically restrained or secluded.

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