Judith Austin works at the intersection of health psychology, positive psychology and eHealth & design. Her research and education are focused on promoting health, compassion and well-being in a high tech society.
In her doctoral research, Austin co-designed and evaluated a mobile self-compassion intervention (Compas-Y) for people with newly diagnosed cancer. This Compassionate Mind Training application is uniquely tailored to people with cancer and to mobile technology. The co-design process was based on systematically integrating theory and evidence with user wishes and needs. Using mixed methods and integrative analysis, Austin evaluated the use, appreciation and mental health impact of the application.
Building on her work on co-design and eHealth, Austin continues to examine creative ways to include people’s wishes and needs regarding the scope and acceptance of a technology. As part of the interdisciplinary 4TU RECENTRE project, wishes and needs of people with cancer or obesity regarding lifestyle-related sensor technologies are investigated with adaptive virtual reality and sensor related future-self perceptions. Austin experimentally examines how virtual reality can be leveraged as an eHealth development method. Areas of interest are compassionate technology and multiple self approaches.
Austin most aligns with interdisciplinary and mixed methods research. Both of these facilitate original thinking by challenging established conventions, and embrace knowledge emerging from divergence and complexity. Austin is involved in student supervision and guest lectures. Her research and education are focused on promoting health, compassion and well-being in a high tech society.