Hi there, welcome to my personal and professional site. Here, I maintain an online CV and very occasionally publish blog posts.
My research is broadly about digital media for helping people access and understand evidence and make decisions about health. Using my training in human factors engineering, I design for the way people are, rather than for the way we wish they were; and I work to adapt technologies to people, rather than requiring people to adapt to the technologies. My goal is always to design systems that respect and serve the people who will use them.
Other miscellany about me: I am married and have two children, aged 10 and 5. I like running, field sports and being outside doing things like hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. My family and I live in Quebec City, which is unceded traditional territory of the Abenaki and Wabenaki Confederacy and the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people. Since living here, we have also taken up downhill skiing, which is much more fun than I knew except that I can no longer keep up with my children. I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over three decades now. I like books and board games. I grew up on Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan and I’m still not entirely used to daylight savings.
Looking for my bio? Here is a standard version: “Holly Witteman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Emergency Medicine, Université Laval (Laval University), Quebec City, Canada. Quebec City is unceded traditional territory of the Abenaki and Wabenaki Confederacy and the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people. Dr. Witteman directs the research unit within the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Education and Professional Development. She is also a scientist at the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, at the new Institute of Primary Care Research affiliated with Laval University, and an Affiliate Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada, unceded traditional Algonquin territory. With an interdisciplinary background in human factors engineering, human-computer interaction, and decision sciences, her research is about the design and evaluation of digital and other media in health decision making. She specializes in human-computer interaction in health education, risk communication and decision making, including design methods to support broad, inclusive user-centredness and patient-centeredness. Her work as Principal Investigator has been funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI, United States), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).”