Mother/ Designer/ Educator
Ting Zhou is an assistant professor of Web & Interactive Media Design at the University of Connecticut. Ting’s research interests focus on UI/ UX design in healthcare, digital health innovation, design thinking, health communication, and design for social justice and human rights. She has deeply engaged in using human-centered design and other innovative strategies to strengthen the health and healthcare of underserved communities. She has collaborated with faculty in science and healthcare and put her varied skills and experiences to work on a wide range of literary productions expressed in formats such as scientific visualization and mobile application design (i.e. the mHealth design for the “Lela – Black Beauty” app). She is passionate about co-designing mHealth innovations with healthcare professionals/researchers and targeted users to promote health equity.
Her design, animation, and photography projects reflect the topics of cultural identity, motherhood, feminism, and issues of race and ethnicity. As a designer and educator, she has thought about how design could be effective in supporting social justice and she enjoys engaging her students in learning about design research and using innovative approaches to design. Visual Communication design is not just a simple form of aesthetic power but also a unique form of cultural influence.
Ting and her collaborator, Dr. Christina Ross from UConn Nursing School, have received a STEAM Innovation Grant in support of their project ‘Promoting Black Female Adolescents in Foster Care Sexual and Reproductive Health and Sexual Self Efficacy Using a User-Centered Culturally Sensitive Trauma-Informed Mobile Health Application Called “Lela – Black Beauty.”’ Her work has been presented at Gallery 456 in New York, the Irish Center in Shanghai, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the Nunnery Gallery in London. Her scientific visualization works were published as journal covers in Nanoscale and Particle.
Ting received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. As a life-long learner, she never stops learning and trying new approaches to use design to promote healthcare equity.