About

katie pioneertown

I am an Assistant Professor in the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University. My work lies at the intersection of human-centered computing (CSCW/HCI/health informatics), organization studies, and science and technology studies. My research and teaching  focuses on socio-technical systems and their potential to both cause and address complex social and organizational problems, particularly in the domains of healthcare organizations, health promotion, and environmental health. In my research, I utilize primarily ethnographic methods and community-engaged research. My current projects include: (1) ethnographic research examining how the design and use of health information technologies impacts coordination, communication, and caregiving routines in maternal/child health; (2) multi-sited ethnographic research on the lifecycle of data science artifacts and practices and on-the-ground ‘infrastructuring’ currently underway to increase the quality and accountability of U.S. healthcare delivery; (3) action research aimed at understanding, communicating, and supporting management efforts centered on the intertwined health and environmental risks posed by the receding Salton Sea.

I received a PhD in Social Ecology with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology under the guidance of doctoral advisor Martha Feldman. Before my current position, I was a postdoc in the Department of Informatics at the University of California Irvine with Melissa Mazmanian and Paul Dourish and a postdoctoral research engineer at the User Experience Research (UXR) group at Intel Labs with the Cultural Transformation Lab working under the guidance of Ken Anderson, Mel Gregg, and Mic Bowman. Current partnerships include the Center for Policy Informatics, the EVOKE Lab, the Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-Preparedness & Information Technology (RISCIT), and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC). I also collaborate with the UC Irvine Salton Sea Initiative and serve on the California Department of Natural Resources Public Outreach Committee on the Salton Sea (2015-present).

teach multiple courses on topics related to human-centered computing, healthcare management, and research methods. A list of publications and working papers (along with links to papers) is available here. I sometimes post recent news here.

Contact Information

Email: khpine (at) asu.edu

Phone:602-496-0941

Mailing address:
512B Health North
College of Health Solutions
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ 85004