“I want to share stories and insights of the forgotten middle, those who may experience ageism, racism, and classism in the ways they interact with technology and the rest of the world.”
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University
Dr. Christina Harrington is a designer and qualitative researcher focused on understanding and conceptualizing technology experiences that support health and wellness among older adults. With almost 10 years of academic research experience, she explores ways to employ design as a catalyst for health equity and socially responsible technology experiences. As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Inclusive Technology Lab at Northwestern University, her research uses co-creation and community-based participatory research methods to understand health technology needs and experiences at the individual and community level.
She explores sociotechnical health systems with a group of Black elders in the Washington Park area of Chicago, which is one of the most medically underserved areas in the U.S. Her objective is to design and implement health-related interventions that promote holistic wellbeing and address systemic injustices. She believes identity frames the ways people conceptualize, use and accept technology, and that older adults are not a monolith in their identities.
As an assistant professor at DePaul University, Dr. Harrington teaches classes in human-computer interaction, interaction design, and ethics in technology design. She is the author of several conference proceedings, top-tier journal articles, and a book chapter about aging, technology, health and equitable approaches to participatory research.
Dr. Harrington received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in design from North Carolina State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. She is currently working with several local Chicago organizations and agencies concerned with healthy aging such as the Renaissance Collaborative Senior Village and the Southside Healthy Aging Resource Experts Network to bridge academic, community and government efforts to support a better quality of life for Black elders in Chicago.
Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity.