Contact Me

Email: zzhang [at] pace [dot] edu

School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Pace University
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

Looking for PhD students

I am looking for PhD students passionate about designing and developing novel information technology to support dynamic medical work. You will work on an NSF awarded research project. If you are interested, please drop me a line!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. My research spans the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Healthcare Informatics, and Social Computing. I am particularly interested in understanding how we can design and use novel technologies to support information sharing, decision making, and collaboration in highly dynamic environment, such as healthcare settings. Most of my current work is situated in emergency care environments. Unlike other clinical settings, emergency care domain provides us with an ideal research space with unique design challenges relevant to the HCI and CSCW communities. For instance, decision making is guided by emerging rather than existing information, demanding fast and effective approaches to integrating information from different sources; emergency care teams usually involve professionals from multiple disciplines, leading to a diversity of information and technology needs; emergency care is characterized as messy, ad hoc and unpredictable, adding more design constraints. The goal of my research is to address these design challenges.

In my research, I use a variety of methods, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, to understand problem domains and identify opportunities for technology support. I also draw from my HCI and technical background to design and develop technological solutions based on empirical evidence. Through my research, I hope to not only provide concrete technology solutions to particular problems, but also to produce generalizable knowledge, including conceptual and design insights, that can be applied to other domains.

Prior to joining Pace, I completed my Ph.D. in Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. During my PhD studies, I was a member of the Laboratory for Interactive System for Healthcare (IS4H) , and was advised by Professor Aleksandra Sarcevic.


June 2020: One paper accepted to ASIS&T and another accepted to AMIA 2020

April 2020: Received an NSF Award!
I am so hornored to receive an NSF CRII Award, entitled "Novel Approaches for Real-Time Data Capture in Fast-Paced Medical Work." (Role: PI, $174,890, June 2020-May 2022).

March 2020: Paper accepted to Journal of Medical Systems!
My paper, "Evaluative research of technologies for prehospital communication and coordination: A systematic review", has been accepted to Journal of Medical Systems.

September 2019: Received Wilson Faculty Fellowship!
I am so honored to receive the Wilson Faculty Fellowship from Pace University to work on the telehealth for seniors project.