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Email: zzhang [at] pace [dot] edu

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

Looking for PhD students

If you are passionate about designing and developing novel information and communication technologies for healthcare, please drop me a line!


Current Students


I am an Assistant Professor in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University where I am directing the Smart Health Lab. My research spans the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Wearable and Mobile Technology, and Healthcare Informatics. I am particularly interested in designing, developing, and evaluating novel technologies to support information collection, decision making, and collaboration in highly dynamic healthcare settings. My ultimate goal is to support everyone involved in healthcare (e.g., patients and care providers) to quickly collect, integrate, and comprehend data to make informed decisions, and ultimately, improve clinical workflow and patient outcome.

My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). I am a recipient of the NSF CRII Award in 2020 and NSF CAREER Award in 2023. I also received multiple internal grants from Pace University, including the Wilson Faculty Fellowship Award, Covid-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award, and Scholarly Research Grants.

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 advised by Professor Aleksandra Sarcevic.


June 2023: Paper accepted to Frontiers in Computer Science
Our paper, "Human-centered design and evaluation of AI-empowered clinical decision support systems: a systematic review", has been accepted to Frontiers in Computer Science.

Feb 2023: Received the NSF CAREER Award!
I am so hornored to receive the NSF CAREER Award to continue my research on supporting emergency care work through wearable technology and touchless interaction methods.

Feb 2023: Paper accepted to JMIR Medical Informatics
Our paper, " Smart glasses for supporting distributed care work: A systematic review", has been accepted to JMIR Medical Informatics.

Dec 2022: Paper accepted to JAMIA Open
Our paper, "Designing and Implementing Smart Glass Technology for Emergency Medical Services: A Sociotechnical Perspective", has been accepted to JAMIA Open.

Nov 2022: Paper accepted to JMIR Formative Research
Our paper, "Continued Use of Contact-Tracing Applications: Insights from A Multi-Country Study", has been accepted to JMIR Formative Research.

Sep 2022: Paper accepted to JMIR
A paper I co-authored regarding Design and Evaluation Challenges of Conversational Agents in Healthcare and Wellbeing has been accepted to Journal of Medical Internet Research.

June 2022: Paper accepted to CSCW'22
Our paper, "Characteristics and Challenges of Clinical Documentation in Self-Organized Fast-Paced Medical Work", has been accepted to CSCW 2022.

Dec 2021: Paper accepted to JMIR Human Factors
Our paper, "Applications and User Perceptions of Smart Glasses in Emergency Medical Services", has been accepted to JMIR Human Factors

Nov 2021: One paper accepted to iConference 2022 and another paper accepted to the Journal of Informatics for Health and Social Care
Paper1: "Hands-Free Electronic Documentation in Emergency Care Work through Smart Glasses";
Paper2: "Older Adults’ Perceptions of Community-Based Telehealth Wellness Programs: A Qualitative Study".

Sep 2021: Received an R21 grant from AHRQ!
Excited to receive an R21 grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), entitled "A Novel Approach for Supporting Care Coordination across Distributed Emergency Care Teams." (Role: PI, $300,000, Sep 2021-Sep 2023). This is a collaborative project with researchers from the University of Colorado.

Sep 2021: Paper accepted to JMIR Human Factors
Our paper, "User-Centered System Design for Communicating Clinical Laboratory Test Results: Design and Evaluation Study", has been accepted to JMIR Human Factors

June 2021: Paper accepted to CSCW'21
Our paper, "Data work and decision making in emergency medical services: A distributed cognition perspective", has been accepted to CSCW 2021.

June 2021: Two papers accepted to AMIA'21
Paper1: "User needs and challenges in information sharing between pre-hospital and hospital emergency care providers";
Paper2: "Predictors of retention for community-based telehealth programs: A study of the telehealth intervention program for seniors (TIPS)".