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Talks at Twelve: Geri Gay and Mark Matthews, Thursday, March 27, 2014

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MoodRhythm: Supporting Individuals with Bipolar Disorder to Establish Stable Daily Routines
Geri Gay, Communications, and Mark Mathews, Information Science, Cornell University

Thursday, March 27, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Serious mental illness is a considerable problem across the world with both significant negative personal and societal consequences. At the individual level, mental illnesses such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Depression have an impact on cognition, perception and behavior. Current technological supports for treatment do not take these nuanced characteristics into account. In this talk, Gay and Matthews argue that grounding therapeutic interventions in a deep understanding of mental illness through basic research, clinical expertise and patients’ perspectives could lead to greater patient engagement in treatment. By way of illustration, they will describe preliminary findings from MoodRhythm, a mobile and web application designed to support individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

Geri Gay is the Kenneth J. Bissett Professor of Communication at Cornell University and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. She is also a member of the Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Director of the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University. Dr. Gay’s research focuses on social and technical issues in the design of interactive communication technologies. Specifically, she is interested in social navigation, affective computing, social networking, mobile computing, and design theory.

Mark Matthews is a Marie Curie fellow with the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of low-cost ubiquitous support systems for individuals with serious mental illnesses and is currently investigating the interplay between Bipolar Disorder and technology. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. Contact him at


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