Associate Professor, Information; Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Dr. Tiffany Veinot is an Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and an Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and her M.L.S. from the University of Toronto. Dr. Veinot's research focuses on community health informatics. She directs the Community Health Informatics Lab, which focuses on the potential of information systems and services to improve the health and well-being of groups that experience disease-related health disparities. Lab researchers investigate technology-enhanced disease prevention, management, care and support in everyday life contexts, as well as at the interface of clinical and community-based care. Of special interest is the development of interventions to better leverage existing social networks, or build new ones, to improve health. Dr. Veinot’s current research projects include a longitudinal examination of information activities and networks of families dealing with chronic illness, a trial of a technology-enhanced social network intervention to prevention HIV and STIs among youth, an ethnographic study of information sharing in dialysis clinics, and a study of the role of information behavior in the decision to get an HIV test. This research uses qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as community-based research strategies. Through her research, Veinot aims to ultimately contribute to health disparity reduction.