Dr Claire McCallum
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Northumbria University (Newcastle), developing and evaluating an app for people living with Sjögren’s Syndrome: a rheumatic autoimmune disease. I’m working with Kate Hackett in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and John Vines in the School of Design.
My PhD (University of Glasgow) explored how to increase efficiency when evaluating health apps and wearables for behaviour change. This included (i) an interdisciplinary review of methods used to assess physical activity apps and wearables (ii) a methodological framework for conducting fully remote N-of-1 trials and (iii) interviews with health and HCI researchers, data scientists, and industry professionals to explore barriers to evaluating effectiveness using alternative methods to randomised control trials (RCTs).
I completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I then went on to complete a PhD which was funded for 4 years through a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship (for interdisciplinary researchers). I worked in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and School of Computing Science (HCI group, GIST), supervised by Cindy Gray, John Rooksby and Matthew Chalmers.
- Health apps and wearables to support behaviour change and chronic illness management
- App/intervention design and evaluation methods
- N-of-1 trials and individual-level outcomes
- Automated remote trials (from recruitment to real-time effectiveness analyses)
- User-centred design
- App stores and industry professional involvement in effectiveness evaluations
- Scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and app content analysis