Giovanna Nunes Vilaza - ESR14, Technical University of Denmark
I am Giovanna Vilaza from Brazil, but during the last year 5 years, I have moved around a lot, because of my education. I did an exchange in the Netherlands, then a double Masters' degree in Sweden and England. I am in Denmark now, doing my PhD. I think living in so many different places showed me that regardless of the place, everyone goes through joys and sorrows, and mental health support is important to all of us.
My project at TEAM will propose design guidelines for platforms that allow shared-access to personal mental health data so that people can get better support from others. Young people are susceptible to many stressors, such as social pressure, difficulties at home, performance anxiety and traumatic events. I hope my research will help designers of future systems to create tools that respect users’ privacy but still allow circles of support, clinicians and researchers to collaborate in the process of mental health care.
I have a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction. My research often revolves around when, how and why people use technology. I think there are many opportunities to use technology to make a positive impact in people's lives and I am happy to be able to work with such an important topic as mental health of young people as an Early Stage Researcher at TEAM.