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Xuan Li is a PhD student in the Personal Health Informatics program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Holly Jimison. Xuan researches the fields of games and personal health informatics, while working at the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care. Xuan earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media at the University of Southern California, building upon a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at the University of California, San Diego.


  • MFA in Interactive Media, University of Southern California
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts, University of California, San Diego

About Me

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Field of Study: Personal Health Informatics
  • PhD Advisor: Holly Jimison

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am a PhD student in the Personal Health Informatics program working in the lab with Holly Jimison, and the Consortium on Technology for Proactive care (CTPC).

What are your research interests?

My thesis research focused on the creation and application of interactive technologies and digital games to improve emotional and mental health through stress and mood management.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I am exploring how the intersection of health informatics, media technology, and art can help people better cope with stress and mental health issues.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

For me, the most fascinating aspect is the cross-disciplinary nature of my work that spans computer science, health, engineering, media, and art. I hope that this work inspires and reminds others to stay curious and open to the fruitful connections between the fields.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I would like to participate in and contribute to the exciting emerging digital health community.