About Me 3


I am Holly Witteman; this is my personal and professional blog. This is where I occasionally put thoughts and comments that don’t have anywhere else to go. I am not a frequent blogger — my writing energies are strategically focused elsewhere.

I have a background in Mathematics and Engineering. I did my Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Toronto, where I was also doctoral fellow in the highly interdisciplinary Health Care, Technology and Place program, taught courses in Linear Algebra and TA’d seminars in Engineering and Society. I did my post-doc in the Program in Health Communication and Decision Making at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. I am now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UniversitĂ© Laval in Quebec City, QuĂ©bec.

My research is broadly about how people use information delivered via technology to make health decisions. By people, I mean health professionals, students in the health professions, and the many different people who might see them for care. I focus on risk communication and values clarification, looking at the design and use of things like interactive interfaces and social media. My guiding philosophy is what I call reality-based design, meaning that I design and evaluate for the way people are, rather than for the way we wish they were.

I am a mother of two children, who I parent with my husband William. I love field sports and outdoor activities like backcountry hiking and canoeing. I have been type 1 diabetic for three decades now; I use an insulin pump (Ping) and a continuous glucose monitoring system (Dex 7+), and would really like Health Canada to approve the Animas Vibe, already. I am an avid reader and, like most of my family, am absurdly competitive when it comes to strategy board games. I have an appallingly bad sense of direction and while I do pretty well outside, I routinely get lost in buildings.


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