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Co-design and evaluation of a digital workplace wellness intervention for chronic disease prevention in Malaysia

Participatory design of digital health communication materials for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia

Please contact Dr Jessica Watterson for more information.


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Dr Jessica Watterson is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Health at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of digital health technologies, particularly for underserved populations.  Her previous research has included studies on text messaging programs to help low-income, Latinx patients with diabetes to better manage their health and to encourage pregnant women in Samoa to attend antenatal care. Dr Watterson also conducted research to contribute to the development of a mobile app solution to improve immunization rates in India, and has studied how electronic medical records can facilitate health care team communication in the United States or improve HIV care in Rwanda.

Prior to joining Monash University, Dr Watterson used human-centered design methodology to develop health innovations as a Senior Design Researcher at IDEO. She also previously worked with the World Health Organization, Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, and other organizations with a focus on improving health.

Dr Watterson earned her PhD in Health Policy and her Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. Her undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry at New York University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Health Policy, PhD, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 11 May 2018

Public Health, Master of Public Health, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 17 May 2013

Biochemistry, Bachelor of Arts, New York University

Award Date: 16 May 2009

Research area keywords

  • Digital Health
  • mhealth and ehealth
  • chronic disease prevention and management
  • Women's health
  • Health Equity
  • Human Centered Design
  • Participatory Design
  • Mixed methods research


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