FIMS Profile

Danica Facca

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4309
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
dfacca2@uwo.ca
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Danica [da-nee-kha]

 she/her | white settler | PhD(s) Health Info Science | Graduate Fellow | SOGS VP Academic 2020-2022

Contrary to what you may assume, my name is not pronounced like the pro racing driver, Danica [dan-i-kah] Patrick. I identify as a digital health researcher. My work focuses on citizens’ acquisition, development, and use of critical digital health literacy skills across the lifespan, with a specific focus on youth's information sharing to promote collective action across social media platforms.  

I have been fortunate to study at Western University for many years under the brilliant instruction of Humanities and Health Science scholars which has made me into the interdisciplinary researcher I am today. I have published on topics related to: digital surveillance within research and health contexts; digital health literacy; parents and children’s use of and information sharing across digital technologies and social media; as well as theoretical approaches to qualitative inquiry including critical understandings of 'voice' and relational ethics.  

My research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: ecofeminism; climate action; youth collective action; digital health literacy; knowledge translation/mobilization; critical theory; relational ethics; surveillance; self-tracking; and digital qualitative methodologies.

Teaching Experience 

2021 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall Term

  Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Course Title: Introduction to Media Studies (MIT 1020E/019)

2021 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Winter Term

  Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Course Title: Introduction to Media Studies (MIT 1020E/011)

2020 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall Term

  Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Course Title: Introduction to Media Studies (MIT 1020E/011)

2020                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Winter Term

                        Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: Introduction to Media Studies (MIT 1020E/006)

2019                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall Term

                        Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: Introduction to Media Studies (MIT 1020E/006)

2019                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Winter Term

                        Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: The Political Economy of Media (MIT 2100G/009)

2018                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall Term

                        Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: The History of Communication (MIT 2000F/006)

2017                Teaching Assistant, Winter Term

                        Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction (English 2071G/650)

2016                Teaching Assistant, Fall Term

                        Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University

                        Course Title: Speculative Fiction/Fantasy (English 2072F/650)

Pedagogical Training  

2021  Decolonizing Your Online Classroom: Anti-Racist Approaches 

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2021

2021  Decolonizing Your Online Classroom: Indigenous Approaches 

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2021

2021  Preparing to Guest Lecture  

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2021

2020  Articulating Your Teaching Philosophy

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2020

2020  Teaching Sensitive Topics Online: A Trauma and Violence-Informed Approach  

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2020

2020  Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating Student Mental Health  

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: Future Prof 2020

2016  Teaching Assistant Training Program  

                        Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western University

                        Course Code: TATP Session 4

Current Projects 

Current projects I am working on include: a pilot project focused on using TikTok as a means for academic knowledge mobilization; a scoping review of public health surveillance strategies used for COVID-19; and my post-secondary teaching certification. 

Research Experience 

2021        Research Assistant 

        Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

        Supervisor: Dr. Sara Grimes

        Project: Academic TikTok Pilot Project 

 2020              Graduate Fellowship

   School of Occupational Therapy, Western University

   Supervisor: Dr. Gail Teachman

 Project/s: Beyond Giving Voice Advancing theory and methodologies for QR with children

2019-21 Graduate Fellowship 

                       School of Nursing, Fanshawe College

   Supervisor: Dr. Jodi Hall

 Project/s: Transition to Parenting in a Digital Health Context 

2019               Graduate Fellowship

School of Occupational Therapy, Western University

   Supervisor: Dr. Gail Teachman

 Project/s: IJQM Special Issue on the Construction of Children’s Voices in QR

2018-             Graduate Fellowship

                       Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University

   Supervisor: Dr. Lorie Donelle

 Project/s: Technology Influencing Growing Up (TIGU); Digital Caregivers Study

2017-18         Graduate Research Assistant

                      Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University   

  Supervisor: Dr. Lorie Donelle

Project/s: Technology Influencing Growing Up (TIGU)

Awards

2021-22 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

2020-21 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

2020 HRS Graduate Research Conference Aspire Oral Presentation Doctoral Award Winner

2019-20 Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)

2019                Faculty of Health Sciences Health Information Science Graduate Conference Travel Award

2019  Travel Subsidy, Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)

2018-19         Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)

2016-17          Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)

2016                Western University Dean’s Entrance Scholarship 

2016                Western University Health Sciences Certificate of Appreciation

2013-15           Western University Dean’s Honours List

Refereed Articles 

Hiebert, B., Hall, J., Donelle, L., Facca, D., Jackson, K., & Stoyanovich, E. (In press). "Let me know when I'm needed": Exploring the gendered nature of digital technology use during the transition to parenting. Digital Health. Manuscript ID: DHJ-21-0157

Facca, D., & Kinsella, A. (2021). Emergence, multiplicity and connection: Rethinking ethical discernment in qualitative research through a rhizo-ethics approach. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Donelle, L., Facca, D., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E., & Ling, S. (2021). Exploring Canadian Children's Social Media Use, Digital Literacy, and Quality of Life: A Pilot Study. JMIR Formative Research. 

Donelle, L., Hall, J., Hiebert, B., Jackson, K., Szynal, E., LaChance, J., & Facca, D. (2020). Investigation of Digital Technology Use in the Transition to Parenting. JMIR Pediatrics & Parenting. 

Facca, D., Gladstone, B., & Teachman, G. (2020). Working the limits of 'giving voice' to children: a critical conceptual review. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19, 1-10. 

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., Donelle, L. (2020). Exploring the ethical issues in research using digital data collection strategies with minors: A scoping review. PLoS ONE, 15(8), e0237875. 

Wuyou, S., & Facca, D. (2020). Digital Health in a Broadband Land: The role of digital health literacy within rural environments. Health Science Inquiry, 11(1), 140-143.

Rudkovska, A., & Facca, D. (2020).Your emotions are the newest hot commodity and there's an app for that. The Conversation Canada.

Refereed Abstracts

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., Donelle, L. (2020). Towards the Co-Production of Ethical Practice in Big Data Research with Minors. Canadian Bioethics Society 31st Annual Conference: The Role of Bioethics in AI and Emerging Health Technologies. 

Rudkovska, A., Facca, D. (2020). Don’t Worry Be Happy: Considering the Ethical Implications of Mood Tracking Apps. Canadian Bioethics Society 31st Annual Conference: The Role of Bioethics in AI and Emerging Health Technologies. 

Conference Presentations 

Facca, D., Donelle, L., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E., & Ling, S. (2021, May 18). “You have to be careful”: Examining Children’s Perspectives Related to Digital Device and Social Media Use Through a Digital Health Lens. Oral presentation at the Western University Nursing Legacy 2021 Research Conference, Virtual Conference. 

Hiebert, B., Hall, J., Donelle, L., & Facca, D. (Submitted). “Let me know when I’m needed”: Exploring the gendered nature of digital technology use during the transition to parenting. 2021 Canadian Nursing Informatics Association Conference, Virtual Conference.

Hiebert, B., Hall, J., Donelle, L., & Facca, D. (2021, May). “Let me know when I’m needed”: Exploring the gendered nature of digital technology use during the transition to parenting. Oral presentation at Western University Nursing Legacy 2021 Research Conference, Virtual Conference.

Hiebert, B., Hall, J., Donelle, L., & Facca, D. (2021, May). “Let me know when I’m needed”: Exploring the gendered nature of digital technology use during the transition to parenting. Oral presentation at The 2021 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, Virtual Conference.

Facca, D. (2020, October 22). Big Data in the Digital Health Landscape. Paper presentation at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) Mediations Workshop, London, ON.

Canas, E., Facca, D., Walugembe, D.L., Ikenyei, U., Veenendall, J., & Slominska, A. (2020, October 16). Health Information Science: Perspectives on a discipline in development. Panel presentation at CAIS2020: Diverging Trajectories in Information Science Open Virtual Conference.

Facca, D. (2020, October 7). iKnow: Towards a co-designed digital health literacy assessment tool for children. Paper/Video presentation at CAIS2020: Diverging Trajectories in Information Science Open Virtual Conference.

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., & Donelle, L. (2020, October 2). Big Data, Little Direction: Towards the Co-production of Ethical Practice in Big Data Research with Minors. Paper presentation at The FIMS Doctoral Research Forum. London, ON. 

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., & Donelle, L. (2020, August 18). Towards the Co-Production of Ethical Practice in Big Data Research with MinorsOral presentation at the Western Law & HELP Lab Colloquium. London, ON.  

Facca, D. (2020, June 4). Through the technological mouthpieces of data: Thinking through the use of digital data in research with children. Virtual presentation at Beyond Giving Voice: Advancing theory and methodologies for qualitative research with children.

Rudkovska, A., & Facca, D. (2020, June 3-5). Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Considering the Ethical Implications of Mood Tracking Apps. Oral presentation at the Canadian Bioethics Society 31st Annual Conference, Toronto, ON. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., & Donelle, L. (2020, June 3-5). Big Data, Little Direction: Towards the Co-Production of Ethical Practice in Big Data Research with Minors. Oral presentation at the Canadian Bioethics Society 31st Annual Conference, Toronto, ON. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Facca, D. (2020, June 1-3). iKnow: Towards a Co-designed Digital Health Literacy Assessment Tool for Children. Oral presentation at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2020, London, ON. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Facca, D., Smith, M., Shelley, J., Lizotte, D., & Donelle, L. (2020, May 28). Big Data, Little Direction: Towards the Co-Production of Ethical Practice in Research with Minors. Oral presentation at the Child Health Symposium 2020, London, ON. (Conference postponed due to COVID-19)

Facca, D., Donelle, L., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E., & Ling, S. (2020, May 28). Exploring Children’s Computer Literacy Through a Digital Health Literacy Lens. Oral presentation at the Child Health Symposium 2020, London, ON. (Conference postponed due to COVID-19)

Facca, D., Donelle, L., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E., & Ling, S. (2020, May 7-8). “You have to be careful”: Examining Children’s Perspectives Related to Digital Device and Social Media Use Through a Digital Health Lens. Oral presentation at the Legacy 2020 Research Conference Honoring our Past, Creating our Future: Transforming Education, Services, Systems and Policies that Impact Health, London, ON. (Conference postponed due to COVID-19)

Facca, D. (2020, May 7-8). The 'Digitally Health Literate' Child: Towards a Co-Designed Assessment Tool for Children. Oral presentation at the Legacy 2020 Research Conference Honoring our Past, Creating our Future: Transforming Education, Services, Systems and Policies that Impact Health, London, ON. (Conference postponed due to COVID-19)

Facca, D. (2020, February 4). The ‘Digitally Health Literate Child’: Towards a Co-Designed Assessment Tool For Children. Oral presentation at the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Conference, London, ON.

Facca, D., Donelle, L., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E., & Ling, S. (2019, April 7-11). An Exploratory Study of Digital Device Engagement, Social Media, and Wellbeing Among Young Children. Oral presentation at the 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Rotorua, NZ.

Facca, D. (2017, November 2-4). Transitive Space and Embodied Reading: Negotiating Perceptual Vagueness in the Modern Novel as Pedagogical Practice. Oral presentation at the Matters of Sensation Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Refereed Poster Presentations

Facca, D., Donelle, L., Burke, S., Hiebert, B., Bender, E. (2018, May 17). An Exploratory Pilot Study on Digital Device Engagement, Social Media, and Child Wellbeing. Poster presentation at the Child Health Symposium 2018, London, ON.

Recorded Virtual Conference Presentations

You can view the recording of my talk from the CAIS 2020: Diverging Trajectories in Information Science Open Virtual Conference entitled iKnow: Towards a Co-designed Digital Health Literacy Assessment Tool for Children here.

You can view the recording of my talk from the (FIMS) Doctoral Research Forum entitled Big Data, Little Direction: Towards the Co-production of Ethical Practice in Big Data Research with Minors here

You can view the recording of my talk from Beyond Giving Voice: Advancing theory and methodologies for qualitative research with children entitled Through the technological mouthpieces of data: Thinking through the use of digital data in research with children here 

Professional Reports 

Donelle, L., & Facca, D. (2019, March 27). Technology’s Influence on Growing Up (TIGU) Phase 1: Exploring the Link Between Technology Use and Health in Canadian Youth. Research Proposal presented to the Research Officer and Research Committee of the Thames Valley District School Board.

Facca, D. (2019, January 18). Exploring Screen Time and Loneliness Among Canadian Elementary and High-School Students. Research Proposal presented to the Research Officers of the London Catholic District School Board and the Thames Valley District School Board.

Facca, D. (2018, November 5). Literature Review: Ethics of Passive Data Collection with Minors. Research Report presented to the TIGU research team at The University of Western Ontario.

Facca, D. (2018, September 19). Ethics of Passive Data Collection Scoping Review Report. Research Report presented to the TIGU research team at The University of Western Ontario.

Facca, D. (2018, August 20). Overview of Survey Instruments. Research Report presented to the TIGU research team at The University of Western Ontario.

Facca, D., & Bender, E. (2018, February 10). Learning it Together (LiT) Research Report: Social Media Use Among Primary School Children. Research Report presented to the Learning it Together Executive Team at The University of Western Ontario.

Invited Talks 

Facca, D. (2021, March 22). What Does the Data Actually Say? Exploring the Dually Limited Nature of Digital Data in Qualitative Inquiry. Guest talk for Qualitative Query at McMaster University. 

Facca, D. (2019, March 14). Digital Marketing and Youth Health. Guest Lecture for Health Science 4120B, The University of Western Ontario.

Facca, D. (2019, March 7). Technology’s Impact on Children and Youth. Guest Lecture for Health Science 9632, The University of Western Ontario.

Facca, D. (2018, February 15). Connected Children: Exploring Habits, Reconsidering Health. Guest Lecture for Health Science 9632, The University of Western Ontario.

Background

To date, I have consistently served in community outreach programs and student associations during my time at Western. Throughout all four years of my BA, I volunteered with Learning it Together (LiT): a student-led health promotion mentorship program for elementary grade children in London, ON. In my fourth undergraduate year, I served as Director for LiT and restructured its programming to focus on digital literacy.

I continued to volunteer with LiT while completing my MA, in addition to serving as a Councillor for the Graduate English Society (GES) at the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS).

At the start of my doctoral studies, I served as a PhD Faculty Council Representative for the Graduate Health Information Science Student Association (GHISSA) and advocated for its membership at departmental meetings. During the second year of my doctoral studies, I served as President for GHISSA and worked with my colleagues to strengthen intra- and inter-program collaboration within the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS).

Currently, I am serving again as SOGS Vice President Academic for the 2020-2022 year where I oversee graduate student issues such as academic appeals and policy, Teaching Assistant support, and professional development. My VP portfolio affords me the opportunity to sit on over 17 university-sanctioned academic committees which address initiatives related to open access publication, program development and assessment, convocation, professional development, remote proctoring, student data protection, among many others.

Positions

2021-22 Student Representative, Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) 

2021-22 Vice President Academic, SOGS

2020-21 Vice President Academic, SOGS

2019-20 President, GHISSA

2018-19 Faculty Council Representative, GHISSA

2016-18           Research Coordinator, LiT

2016-17           SOGS Councillor, GES 

2015-16           Program Director, LiT

2014-15           Program Administrator/Research Coordinator, LiT

2013-14           Assistant Team Leader, LiT

2012-13           Mentor, LiT

Education

2018—       Doctor of Philosophy, Health Information Science

                   Western University  

                   Supervisor: Dr. Lorie Donelle

2017           Master's Collaborative Graduate Specialization, Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction 

                   Western University  

2017     Master of Arts, English Language and Literature 

                   Western University  

2016           Bachelor of Arts Honours, Major in English Language and Literature, Major in Criminology

                   Western University