Emily Zeng

Phone: 206-227-3098 ▪ E-mail: zeng0330@uw.edu ▪ Portfolio: http://emilyzeng.weebly.com/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-zeng-98a830102/

Education

University of Washington – Seattle, Starting Fall 2017
Accepted into UW’s Master’s program in Human Centered Design and Engineering

University of Washington - Seattle, 2011-2015
B.S. in Psychology, with Honors (June 2015)
B.S. in Public Health (June 2015)

Research Experience

Research Intern, 12/2013-6/2016
Tobacco & Health Behavior Science Research Group, Site: Fred Hutch, PI: Dr. Jonathan Bricker
 Used Balsamiq, Invision, and POP to design prototypes of a smoking cessation app
 Designed Qualtrics survey to assess user preferences for smoking cessation app features,
recruited participants through Amazon mTurk, and interpreted results
 Attended meetings and collaborated with students in the UW HCDE department and app
development companies
 Created survey to assess needs of smokers in China and what they want in a smoking
cessation app
 Published two first-authored research papers on app engagement and adherence,
presented posters at multiple research conferences, and co-reviewed research articles
 Designed an interactive booth to display our lab’s research at the 40th Anniversary Fred
Hutch Block Party

Research Assistant, 7/2015-6/2016
ACT for Smokers with Serious Mental Illness, Site: Harborview Medical Center, PI: Dr. Roger
Vilardaga
 Created illustrations that convey concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to
inform development of high-fidelity prototypes for a smoking cessation app designed for
smokers with serious mental illness (SMI)
 Transcribed UX interviews of smokers with different iterations of the app and used
Thematic Analysis to identify barriers to app use in smokers with SMI
 Presented findings at research conferences and worked on a manuscript describing the
user-centered design process of creating the app
Research Assistant, 3/2013-6/2016
Stress and Coping, Site: UW Medical Center, PI: Dr. Peter Vitaliano
 Conducted literature reviews on income, financial stress, stressful life events, and
depression in older adult populations
 Prospective third author on a paper examining the interaction between income and
financial stress on depression and the role of other negative life events using longitudinal
data from the Cardiovascular Health Study
 Presented poster at three conferences

Research Assistant, 9/2012-9/2014
Stress and Coping Model of Alcohol Use Among Treatment-Seeking Asian American Adults,
Site: Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors, PI: Dr. Sharon Hsu
 Gained experience in data management using SPSS, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint,
and Zotero
 Calculated alcohol content in Alcohol Timeline Followback measures
 Shadowed interviewers at treatment site, handled confidential data, tracked financial
incentives, and conducted literature searches on culturally competent alcohol use
treatments

Publications

Bricker, J. B., Copeland, W., Mull, K. E., Zeng, E. Y., Watson, N. L., Akioka, K. J., & Heffner, J.
L. (2017). Single-arm trial of the second version of an acceptance & commitment therapy
smartphone application for smoking cessation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 170, 37-
42.

Zeng, E.Y., Heffner, J.L., Copeland, W.K., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (2016). Get with the
program: Adherence to a smartphone app for smoking cessation as a predictor of quitting.
Addictive Behaviors, 63, 120-124.

Zeng, E.Y.,Vilardaga, R., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (2015). Predictors of utilization
of a novel smoking cessation smartphone app. Telemedicine and e-Health, 21(12), 998-
1004.

Conference Presentations

Zeng, E.Y., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (June 2016). Change in weight and drinking
in ACT vs. CBT smoking cessation app users: Results from a pilot randomized trial.
Symposium presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association of Contextual
Behavioral Science, Seattle, WA.

Zeng, E.Y., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Sridharan, V., Watson, N.L., Bricker, J.B. (2016, April).
How does a user’s baseline commitment affect their engagement to active components of
a smoking cessation app?. Poster presented at the 8th Scientific Meeting of the
International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII), Seattle, Washington.

Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Zeng, E.Y., Watson, N.L., Sridharan, V., Bricker, J.B. (2016, April).
Do smokers with bipolar disorder engage differently with a smoking cessation website?.
In N.L. Watson (Chair), Mental Health Disorders and Engagement with eHealth
Interventions for Smoking Cessation: Informing the Development of Tailored
Interventions. Symposium presented at the 8th Scientific Meeting of the ISRII, Seattle,
Washington.

Watson, N.L., Mull, K.E., Heffner, J.L., Sridharan, V., Zeng, E.Y., Bricker, J.B. (2016, April).
Adherence and social engagement with a web-based smoking intervention amongst
smokers with either depression or social anxiety. In N.L. Watson (Chair), Mental Health
Disorders and Engagement with eHealth Interventions for Smoking Cessation: Informing
the Development of Tailored Interventions. Symposium presented at the 8th Scientific
Meeting of the ISRII, Seattle, Washington.

Vilardaga, R., Rizo, J., Zeng, E.Y., Kientz, J., Ries, R. (2016, April). User experience and
formative evaluation of a novel smoking cessation app for people with serious mental
illness. Poster presented at the 8th Scientific Meeting of the ISRII, Seattle, Washington.

Vilardaga, R., Zeng, E.Y., Rizo, J., Vilatte, M., Kientz, J., Ries, R. (2016, April). Designing and
deploying acceptance and commitment therapy through digital media: Data insights from
an UX formative evaluation of a smoking cessation app prototype. Poster presented at the
8th Scientific Meeting of the ISRII, Seattle, Washington.

Zeng, E.Y., Heffner, J.L., Copeland, W.K., Bricker, J.B. (2016, March). Get with the program:
Adherence to a smartphone app for smoking cessation as a predictor of quitting. Poster
presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Society for Research on Nicotine and
Tobacco, Chicago, Illinois.

Rizo, J., Zeng, E.Y., Kientz, J., Ries, R., Vilardaga, R. (2016, March). User experience of a
smoking cessation app in people with Serious Mental Illness. Poster presented at the 21st
Annual Convention of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Chicago,
Illinois.

Zeng, E.Y. (2015, May). Tobacco-related health disparities amongst low-income populations:
Implications for a community service organization in King County. Poster presented at
the UW School of Public Health Undergraduate Symposium, Seattle, Washington.

Dong, L.X., Snyder, S.A., Zeng, E.Y., Szymankiewicz, A.M., Fitzpatrick, A.L., Russo, J.E.,
Vitaliano, P.P. (2015, May). Interactions of income and financial problems with
depression and the roles of other negative life events: the Cardiovascular Health Study.
Poster presented at the UW School of Public Health Undergraduate Symposium, Seattle,
Washington.
Zeng, E.Y., Vilardaga, R., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (2015, May). Predictors of
utilization of a novel smoking cessation smartphone app. Poster presented at the
Psychology Honors Festival Poster Session, Seattle, Washington.

Snyder, S.A., Zeng, E.Y., Dong, L.X., Szymankiewicz, A.M., Fitzpatrick, A.L., Russo, J.E.,
Vitaliano, P.P. (2015, May). Interactions of income and financial problems with
depression and the roles of other negative life events: the Cardiovascular Health Study.
Poster presented at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Seattle, Washington.

Zeng, E.Y., Vilardaga, R., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (2015, May). Predictors of
utilization of a novel smoking cessation smartphone app. Poster presented at the
Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, California.

Zeng, E.Y., Snyder, S.A., Dong, L.X., Szymankiewicz, A.M., Fitzpatrick, A.L., Russo, J.E.,
Vitaliano, P.P. (2015, May). Interactions of income and financial problems with
depression and the roles of other negative life events: the Cardiovascular Health Study.
Poster presented at the UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Los
Angeles, California.

Zeng, E.Y., Vilardaga, R., Heffner, J.L., Mull, K.E., Bricker, J.B. (2015, February). Predictors of
utilization of a novel smoking cessation smartphone app. Poster presented at the 20th
Annual Convention of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania.

Works in Progress

Vilardaga, R., Rizo, J., Ries, R., Kientz, J.A., Zeng, E.Y. (2016). User centered design of Learn
to Quit, a smoking cessation smartphone application for people with serious mental
illness. Manuscript in preparation.

Vitaliano, P.P., Fitzpatrick, A.L., Zeng, E.Y., Snyder, S.A., Dong, L.X., Szymankiewicz, A.M.,
Russo, J.E. (2015). Interactions of income and financial problems with depression and the
roles of other negative life events: the Cardiovascular Health Study. Manuscript in
preparation.

Honors/ Awards/ Academic Achievements

Youth Activism Fellow, Truth Initiative, 2015-2016
 Accepted into national tobacco control fellowship program comprised of 35 fellows
 Implemented a year-long local tobacco control project to address the high rates of
tobacco use amongst low-income communities in King County
 Attended conferences and educated youth about the dangers of tobacco use
 Presented findings to WA state Senate members at Capitol Hill
Psychology Honors Travel Award, University of Washington, 2015
 Awarded $285 towards research conference expenses from the Psychology Honors
Program

SRNT Trainee Spotlight Nominee, 2015
 Nominated for Trainee Spotlight by Dr. Jaimee Heffner

UW Academy Program, Robinson Center for Young Scholars, 9/2011-6/2015
 Admitted to a cohort of 35 students in an early university admission program in
partnership with the University of Washington Honors Program
 Students in the program withdraw from high school at the end of 10th grade and enroll as
full time university students

UW Room of the Year, University of Washington, 2014
 One award granted each year to the dorm with the best interior design

Certificate of High Scholarship: Annual Dean’s List 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Professional Training

Washington Innovators in Behavioral Therapy, Praxis, 9/11/2015-9/12/2015
 Sessions attended: (1) Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trainers: Dr. Kirk
Strosahl and Dr. Patricia Robinson, and (2) Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Trainers:
Dr. Robert Kohlenberg and Dr. Mavis Tsai

ACT Matrix Clinical Workshop Training, Praxis, 3/6/2015-3/7/2015
 Trainer: Benjamin Scheondorff, MA, MSC

safeTALK Suicide Awareness Training, University of Washington, 11/17/2015
 Trainer: Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA)

Healthcare Alternative Spring Break (HCASB), Bogachiel Clinic, 3/23/2013-3/30/2015
 Shadowed physicians and healthcare practitioners in a rural healthcare clinic
Protection of Human Research Subjects (PHRS) Training, completed 9/2012, renewed
9/2016

Community Involvement
Phone Worker, Teen Link, 3/2013- present
 Volunteered at Teen Link, a program at the Crisis Clinic that provides emotional support
for youth through its free, confidential, and anonymous help-line and chat service
 Trained in basic therapeutic listening skills, crisis interventions directed at youth,
providing referrals, and outreach at summits and community events
Intake and Benefits Specialist, United Way King County Tax Campaign, 1/2015-6/2015
 Screened clients for eligibility for free tax campaign service and basic needs services,
provided referrals, and checked intake forms
 Provided translations for Cantonese and Mandarin speaking clients
 Made policy recommendations to disseminate smoking cessation resources based on
research, community mapping, stakeholder interviews, and public health concepts
 Collaborated with a group to provide additional recommendations for program
optimization to increase efficiency and number of clients served at tax sites

UW Academy Mentor, Robinson Center for Young Scholars, 5/2012-6/2015
 Provided mentorship to three students in an early university entrance program.

Dawgs Move-In Crew, University of Washington, 9/2014
 Assisted students in moving into dorms

Rick’s Café Volunteer, Haggett Hall, 9/2013-12/2013
 Volunteered at a non-profit establishment to raise funds for UW student organizations

Math Tutor, Edmonds Woodway High School, 2010-2011
 Tutored high school students who were falling behind in their math classes

Club Affiliations & Leadership
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Member 4/2015-present

Washington chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (WACBS),
Member 3/2015 – present

Psi Chi. Secretary 2013-2014, Historian 2014-6/2015
 Organized social events to help undergraduates network with faculty members and grad
students in UW’s Psychology department.

Hand2Hand. Member 9/2012-12/2012, 9/2013-12/2013
 Tabled to raise money for Teen Feed and attended volunteer events at a senior center

Foreign Languages
Moderately fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin (spoken and written)