Research Group Members

Academic Staff

Peter Bath Professor Peter Bath
Head of Group
Tel: 0114 222 2636
Room 225
I research the use of e-Health resources, health information needs and information behaviours, and applications of artificial intelligence and data mining techniques to analysing health information. I am particularly interested in how patients, carers and health professionals seek, obtain and share information in relation to their health and well-being through online digital resources.
Sbaffi Dr Laura Sbaffi
Tel: 0114 222 2686
Room 221
I am interested in how people develop trust in and use online health information, from a general point of view as well as looking at specific medical conditions (e.g. endometriosis, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.). I am also interested in how carers of people suffering from degenerative illnesses can be provided long-term well-being while looking after a loved one.

Research Staff

Sarah Dr Sarah Hargreaves
Tel: 0114 222 2671
Room 323
I am currently researching how people with life-shortening or long-term conditions share information and experiences online. This work is being undertaken as part of the larger ‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ project which aims to explore how people in a range of extreme circumstances engage in acts of sharing. In particular the project is examining how trust and empathy are developed as part of this sharing process.
Hui Dr Hui Yang
Tel: 0114 222 2671
Room 323
Currently I research the use of statistical methods and data mining techniques for quantitative and qualitative analyses of digital health information, e.g., the identification of risk factors affecting health and well-being among particular patient groups and the public.

PhD Researchers

man Abdulaziz Almanea I am researching the Role of Online Support Groups in Empowering People with Type 2 Diabetes in the United Kingdom
woman Adelina Basholli I am focused on proposing a unique, flexible and cost-effective wireless sensor-based architecture for enhancing national health services in developing regions, specifically the case of Kosovo
woman Daisy da Moura Semedo I am researching health mining information on the social web.
woman Suzanne Duffin I am researching information needs and information sharing amongst people on the autism spectrum, using online support and discussion groups.
woman Itzelle Medina-Perea I am researching the socio-cultural life of personal health data flows in the UK healthcare sector.
man Lee Pretlove I am researching running information from wearable devices and its value.
woman Sally Sanger I am researching alcohol online support groups and the role of their discussion forums in constructing users' understanding of their problem/condition
woman Lily Sepulveda Garcia I am studying the perceptions and lived experiences of informal caregivers who use Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies to monitor a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias.
woman Yuhua Wang I am working to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence digital inclusion for active and healthy ageing among older people