Co-Designing Well-Being with Children

  • Schueller, Stephen Matthew (PD/PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


All people pursue personal well-being, but the best practices for promoting well-being in children are not well understood. Learning and practicing cognitive, emotional, and social skills that promote well-being and resilience has been shown to improve outcomes for at-risk children, however it is notoriously difficult to motivate children to develop such a practice. In this project, we propose addressing this issue through cooperative design workshops with children (ages 11-14) to understand their perspectives on well-being, teach specific well-being and resilience skills, and work closely with the children to ideate novel technologies that would support the practice of such skills outside of the workshops. Technology has the potential to create scalable, pervasive, and engaging resources for improving well-being and resilience. A transdisciplinary team combining expertise in computer science, human-computer interaction and psychology will conduct these workshops. Dr. Schueller is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of technology-based interventions to improve mental health and well-being using cognitive-behavioral and positive psychological approaches. Dr. Yarosh is a computer scientist who specializes in social computing and child-computer interaction emphasizing systems that create stronger families, support individual health and well-being, and provide a stage for personal and community growth. The outcome of the proposed work will be both a rich qualitative understanding of children’s perspectives on concepts like happiness, well-being, and resilience and a design process that will yield a well-validated technology prototype for supporting these skills anchored in this empirical understanding.
Effective start/end date11/1/154/30/18


  • Jacobs Foundation (Award Letter 10/26/2015)


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