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Sun Young Park

Sun Young Park

Assistant Professor, School of Art & Design

Assistant Professor, School of Information


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Curriculum Vitae

PhD, Informatics, University of California, Irvine
MDes, Interaction Design, Carnegie Mellon University
BFA, Industrial Design, Ewha Woman’s University, Korea


As a design researcher and interaction designer, Sun Young Park is interested in complex systems, services, and environments that shape people’s needs, behaviors, and cultures/practices. Her research lies at the intersection of Health Informatics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). In particular, her research focuses on designing and evaluating interactive systems to better support clinical collaboration, patient–provider interactions and patients’ health information management. Her work was included in the Best Paper Selection of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Yearbook of Medical Informatics (2013), and was nominated as a finalist for the Diana E. Forsythe Award for the best publication at the intersection of informatics and social sciences (2013). She was also a finalist of the 2014 Public Impact Award at the University of California, Irvine.

Sun Young’s ongoing research investigates the design space for patient-centric technologies to address patient needs and facilitate their information work in medical settings. Specifically, this work aims to identify patterns of adaptation behavior from patients – the behaviors stemming from patients’ efforts to ensure that they receive quality care when information and technologies are not readily available and/or do not adequately meet their needs. 

Sun Young Park is a PhD candidate in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, Sun Young worked as a HCI researcher in the HCI and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She received a Master of Design in Interaction Design degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (major) and Multi-Media Design (minor) degree at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea.


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