Miss Kate Ellen Loveys

Master of Health Psychology (First Class Honours)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Kate is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychological Medicine working with Professor Elizabeth Broadbent and Associate Professor Mark Sagar. Kate's research focuses on artificial intelligence in healthcare, with special interests in embodied conversational agent design and evaluation, psychophysiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, and natural language processing.

Prior to commencing her PhD research, Kate worked as a Research Associate in Cambridge, MA for Qntfy, where she helped develop chatbots and machine learning models for mental healthcare. Kate has worked at the Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights at Boston Medical Center, the Center for Mindfulness & Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, as well as the Department of Psychological Medicine at University of Auckland. 

Kate is collaborating with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Soul Machines. She serves as co-organizer of CLPsych, an interdisciplinary research workshop focused on language technology for mental healthcare. For more information on CLPsych, see here. Kate is a member of the ITU/ WHO Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health, which focuses on establishing quality benchmarks for artificial intelligence in healthcare. 

Research | Current

Research interests:

  • Mental health technology
  • Digital humans/ embodied conversational agents
  • Natural language processing
  • Artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Global mental health
  • Psychophysiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology

Teaching | Current

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: HLTHPSYC 122 Behaviour, Health and Development
  • Co-supervisor: HLTHPSYC 744 Research Topic in Health Psychology: Technology and Psychology

Distinctions/Honours

  • Atlantis Healthcare Prize for Best PhD Student Publication 2019
  • Sir John Logan Campbell Medical Trust Grant 2019
  • Best Reviewer Award: Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2018

Responsibilities

  • PhD Student Representative, Department of Psychological Medicine (2019 - present)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member: ITU/ WHO Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health
  • Advisor to Organizing Committee: Hack Aotearoa Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Conference and Hackathon 2020
  • Organizer: Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology (CLPsych) at ACL 2017, NAACL 2018, NAACL 2019
  • Organizer: Workshop on Data Mining Clinical Notes at 'MIT Hacks Aotearoa': Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Conference 2019​

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Loveys, K., Fricchione, G., Kolappa, K., Sagar, M., & Broadbent, E. (2019). Reducing Patient Loneliness With Artificial Agents: Design Insights From Evolutionary Neuropsychiatry. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21 (7)10.2196/13664
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48175
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Sagar, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Potts, D., Loveys, K., Ha, H., Huang, S., Billinghurst, M., & Broadbent, E. (2019). ZenG: AR neurofeedback for meditative mixed reality. C and C 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Creativity and Cognition. 10.1145/3325480.3326584
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Mark Billinghurst
  • Kolappa, K., Barbui, C., Ostuzzi, G., & Loveys, K. (2019). Proposal for the addition of a square box symbol to fluoxetine for the treatment of depressive disorders in the WHO model list of essential medicines. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization. Related URL.
  • Barco, A., Walsh, R. M., Block, A., Loveys, K., McDaid, A., & Broadbent, E. (2019). Teaching Social Robotics to Motivate Women into Engineering and Robotics Careers. Paper presented at 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Daegu, SOUTH KOREA. 11 March - 14 March 2019. HRI '19: 2019 14TH ACM/IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Niederhoffer, K., Loveys, K., Resnik, R., Resnik, P., & Prud'hommeaux E (Eds.) (2018). The Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic : Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop. Pages: 218. Related URL.
  • Lynn, V., Goodman, A., Niederhoffer, K., Loveys, K., Resnik, P., & Schwartz, A. (2018). CLPsych 2018 Shared Task: Predicting current and future psychological health from childhood essays. In K. Niederhoffer, K. Loveys, R. Resnik, P. Resnik, Prud’hommeaux E (Eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, 37-46. New Orleans, LA. Related URL.
  • Loveys, K., Torrez, J., Fine, A., Moriarty, G., & Coppersmith, G. (2018). Cross-cultural differences in language markers of depression online. In K. Niederhoffer, K. Loveys, R. Resnik, P. Resnik, Prud’hommeaux E (Eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, 78-87. New Orleans, LA. Related URL.
  • Hollingshead, K., Ireland, M. E., & Loveys, K. (Eds.) (2017). The FourthWorkshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology - From Linguistic Signal to Clinical Reality : Proceedings of the Workshop. Pages: 107. 10.18653/v1/W17-31

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3001
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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