Dennis’ current research grows out of an interest in design, technology, behavioural economics, and rehabilitation. His research uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the intersection of these domains. Dennis fancies himself a slayer of sludge and hunter of butterfly effects. He plans to mitigate barriers and by incorporate principles of accessibility, choice architecture, defaults, heuristics, and nudge theory to a number of technology-related research projects during his doctoral studies. Further, Dennis is interested in finding intervention and design features with advantageous asymmetries. Dennis plans to hunt down those small changes that can serve as catalysts for big changes. The intersection of technology and behavioural economic theory offers an opportunity to not only conduct important research but to also leverage the reach and cost-effectiveness of technology and the asymmetrical nature of behavioural and design interventions.
Dennis’ main research project involves identifying technology features with the greatest impact on seniors’ mobility, social and work participation which will be embedded in a platform trial of the Acquired Brain Injury Electronic Mobility Monitoring and Intervention (ABI EMMI) System.