Katherine M. Sellen

I am currently conducting PhD research on human-computer interactions in medical settings. My research interests include uncovering risks to patient safety posed by new technology, adaptation to and appropriation of new technology, design strategies and methodologies for risk reduction and cognitive support, the medico-legal challenges of research in clincial contexts, and developing tools for practitioners of human computer interaction design and evaluation.

Current Projects

  • Human Error and New Technologies in Clinical Contexts
  • Attitudes Towards New Technology in Safety Critical Clinical Contexts
  • Barriers and Facilitators to Effective Implementation of New Technology in Clinical Contexts
  • Human Factors Analysis of Medication Errors


I completed my Master’s degree in Information Design from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and hold a Masters of Research and a Bachelor’s of Science from University College London. I have also been a practitioner of Human Computer Interaction since 1998 working in many different industry and government settings. Before starting my PhD I worked for IBM, Cingular Wireless, VerticalOne, and EzGov (of the film StartUp.com), and for their clients including Wells Fargo, Citibank, HSBC, Coutts Bank, The Inland Revenue of the UK, Royal Navy (UK), Workers Compensation Program (USA), and Food Stamps Program (USA).

Recent Publications