About this project

‘Swellness’ is a University of Michigan School of Information and Intel collaboration to create wellness interventions using social computing. Additional funding comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Social software can help connect patients with their friends and family, with other patients, and with caregivers, giving them access to information and social support. Social software – through comparisons and other techniques – can also help persuade people to make behavior changes that improve their wellness or that can help them better manage a chronic illness. One of the under-explored opportunities in this space is the integration of wellness applications with existing social network sites, which allow developers of applications to leverage a patient’s existing relationships. Through the development of two applications, and deployment of one, we have identified some opportunities and challenges for building applications as part of sites such as Facebook, though many questions will require further study.

For more information on Social Computing and HCI at the University of Michigan, see the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Group.

Current studies



Munson, SA; Consolvo, S. “Exploring Goal-setting, Rewards, Self-monitoring, and Sharing to Motivate Physical Activity,” Pervasive Health 2012.

Munson, SA. “Beyond the share button: Making social network sites work for health and wellness,” IEEE Potentials 30(5): 42-47.

Newman, MW; Lauterbach, D; Munson, SA; Resnick, P; Morris, M. “It’s not that I don’t have problems, I’m just not putting them on Facebook”: Challenges and Opportunities in Using Online Social Networks for Health, CSCW 2011.

Munson, SA; Lauterbach, D; Newman, M, Resnick, P. (2010). “Happier Together: Integrating a Wellness Application Into a Social Network Site,” Persuasive 2010.

Workshops and Workshop Papers

Munson, SA. (2012). “Pervasive, Persuasive Health: Some Challenges,” Workshop on Wellness Interventions and HCI, Pervasive Health 2012. 21 May 2012.

Munson, SA and Resnick, P. “Learning from Positive Psychology to Promote Emotional Well-Being in Digital Environments,” Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing Workshop, CHI 2012. 6 May 2012.

Munson, SA. “Mindfulness, Reflection, and Persuasion in Personal Informatics,” Personal Informatics Workshop. CHI 2012. 6 May 2012.

Huh J, Hartzler A, Munson SA, Anderson N, Edwards K, Gore JL, O’Leary J, Parker A, Streat D, Yetisgen-Yildiz M, Pratt W, Ackerman MS. “Brainstorming Design for Health: Helping Patients Utilize Patient-Generated Information on the Web,” workshop for CSCW 2012, Seattle, Washington.

Munson, S; Lauterbach, D; Newman, M, Resnick, P; Morris, M. (2010) “Integrating Wellness Interventions with Existing Social Network Sites,” Wellness Informatics Workshop. CHI 2010. 10 April 2010.

Munson, S; Lauterbach, D; Newman, M, Resnick, P; Morris, M. (2010). “The Opportunity of Social Computing to Make Us Healthier Together,” Workshop on CSCW Research in Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future. CSCW 2010.


Morris ME, Consolvo S, Markle K, Munson SA (co-organizers), Patrick K, and Tsai J. (2011). “Facebook for Health: Opportunities and Challenges for Driving Behavior Change,” panel for CHI 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.