Publications are listed by type and in reverse chronological order. Please contact me with questions or concerns about accessing these documents. You can also check my Google Scholar Profile for more information.

Journal Articles

  1. Neustaedter, C., Pang, C., Forghani, A., Odour, E., Hillman, S., Judge, T., Massimi, M. & Greenberg, S. (2015). Sharing domestic life through long-term video connections. TOCHI 22 (31).
  2. Crete-Nishihata, M., Baecker, R., Massimi, M., Ptak, D., Campigotto, R., Kaufman, L., Brickman, A., Turner, G., Steinerman, J., & Black, S. (2012). Reconstructing the past: Personal memory technologies are not just personal and not just for memory. Human Computer Interaction 27(1-2). [Publisher]
  3. Charise, A., Witteman, H., Whyte, S., Sutton, E., Bender, J., Massimi, M., Stephens, L., Evans, J., Logie, C., Mirza, R., & Elf, M. (2011). Questioning context: A set of interdisciplinary questions for investigating contextual factors affecting health decision-making. Health Expectations 14(2), 115-132.[PubMed][PDF]
  4. Massimi, M., Truong, K., Dearman, D., & Hayes, G. (2010). Understanding recording technologies in everyday life. IEEE Pervasive Computing 9(3), 64-71. [IEEE][PDF]
  5. Massimi, M., Berry, E., Browne, G., Smyth, G., Watson, P., & Baecker, R.M. (2008). An exploratory case study of the impact of ambient biographical displays on identity in a patient with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 18(5/6), 742-765. [PDF]
  6. Massimi, M., Ganoe, C., & Carroll, J. M. (2007). Scavenger hunt – An empirical tool for collaborative mobile problem-solving. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6(1), 81-87. [PDF]

Refereed Conference Papers

  1. De Choudhury, M., & Massimi, M. (2015, to appear). “She Said Yes!” Liminality and engagement announcements on Twitter. Proc. iConference 2015.
  2. Massimi, M. & Neustaedter, C. (2014). Moving from talking heads to newlyweds: Exploring video chat use during major life events. Proc. DIS 2014, 43-52.
  3. Massimi, M., Harper, R., & Sellen, A. (2014). “Real, but glossy” – Technology and the pursuit of magic in modern weddings. Proc. CSCW 2014.
  4. Massimi, M., Bender, J., Witteman, H., & Ahmed, O. (2014). Life transitions and online health communities: Reflecting on adoption, use, and disengagement. Proc. CSCW 2014.
  5. O’Hara, K., Massimi, M., Harper, R., Rubens, S., & Morris, J. (2014). Everyday dwelling with WhatsApp. Proc. CSCW 2014.
  6. Ferguson, R., Massimi, M., Crist, E., & Moffatt, K. (2014). Craving, creating, and constructing comfort: Insights and opportunities for technology in hospice. Proc. CSCW 2014.
  7. Massimi, M. & Rosner, D. (2013). Crafting for major life events: Implications for technology design and use. Proc. British HCI 2013.
  8. Massimi, M., Campigotto, R., Attarwala, A., & Baecker, R.M. (2013). Reading together as a leisure activity: Implications for e-Reading. In Proc. INTERACT 2013, Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
  9. Massimi, M. (2013). Exploring remembrance and social support behavior in an online bereavement support group. Proc. CSCW 2013, 1169-1180.
  10. Massimi, M., Dimond, J., & Le Dantec, C. (2012). Finding a new normal: The role of technology in life disruptions.Proc. CSCW 2012, 719-728. [PDF] [ACM]
  11. Massimi, M. & Baecker, R. (2011). Dealing with death in design: Developing systems for the bereaved. Proc. CHI 2011, 1001-1010. [PDF][ACM]
  12. Massimi, M., Odom, W., Banks, R., & Kirk, D. (2011). Matters of life and death: Locating the end of life in lifespan-oriented HCI research. Proc. CHI 2011, 987-996. [PDF][ACM]
  13. Massimi, M. & Baecker, R. (2010). A death in the family: Opportunities for designing technologies for the bereaved. Proc. CHI 2010, 1821-1830. (Best paper award nomination)[PDF][ACM]
  14. Massimi, M. & Charise, A. (2009). Dying, death, and mortality: Towards thanatosensitivity in HCI. Proc. CHI 2009 Extended Abstracts, 2459-2468. [PDF][ACM].
  15. Sellen, K., Massimi, M., Lottridge, D., Bittle, S., & Truong, K. (2009). The People-Prototype problem: Understanding the interaction between prototype format and user group. Proc. CHI 2009, 635-638. [ACM]
  16. Cao, X., Massimi, M., & Balakrishnan, R. (2008). Flashlight jigsaw: An exploratory study of an ad-hoc multi-player game on public displays. Proc. CSCW 2008, 77-86. [ACM]
  17. Wu, M., Birnholtz, J., Richards, B., Baecker, R., & Massimi, M. (2008). Collaborating to remember: A distributed cognition account of families coping with memory impairments. Proc. CHI 2008, 825-834. [ACM]
  18. Massimi, M., Baecker, R., & Wu, M. (2007). Using participatory activities with seniors to critique, build, and evaluate mobile phones. Proc. ASSETS, 2007, 155-162. [PDF]
  19. Massimi, M. (2007). Mobile phones as memory aid vehicles for seniors. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging.[PDF]
  20. Wolz, U., Massimi, M., & Tarn, E. (2004). rMUSIC – A collaborative music DJ for ad hoc networks. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Web Delivering of Music (Wedelmusic ’04), Barcelona, Spain, 144-150. [PDF]

Professional Magazines

  1. Massimi, M. (2014). Stories from my thanatosensitive design process: Reflections on working with the bereaved.interactions.
  2. Baecker, R., Moffatt, K., & Massimi, M. (2012). Technologies for aging gracefully. interactions 19(3), 32-36.[PDF][ACM]
  3. Massimi, M. (2011). Technology and the human lifespan: Learning from the bereaved. interactions 18(3), 26-29. [PDF][ACM]

Book Chapters

  1. Massimi, M. (2014). Working with community groups to inform the design of domestic technologies. Judge, T. and Neustaedter, C. (eds.). Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life: Lessons from Home.Morgan Kauffman.
  2. Gilbert, K. R. and Massimi, M. (2012, to appear). From digital divide to digital immortality: Thanatechnology at the turn of the 21st century. In Sofka, C. J, Gilbert, K. R., and Cupit, I. N. (Eds), Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe. New York, NY: Springer.
  3. Massimi, M. and Baecker, R. (2008). An empirical study of seniors’ perceptions of mobile phones as memory aids. In Mihailidis, A., Boger, J., Kautz, H., and Normie, L. (Eds.), Technology and Aging (pp. 59-66). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [PDF]
  4. Massimi, M., Ganoe, C., & Carroll, J. M. (2007). A game-based methodology for prototype evaluation of collaborative mobile applications. In Tarniar, D. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Computing and Commerce (pp. 291-295). Hershey, PA: Idea Group. [PDF]


  1. Massimi, M. (2012). Thanatosensitively designed technologies for bereavement support. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [PDF]
  2. Massimi, M. (2007). Participatory design of mobile phone software for seniors. Unpublished Master’s thesis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [PDF]

Workshops Organized

  1. Vieweg, S., Haimes, O., Massimi, M., O’Hara, K., & Churchill, E. (2015). Between the lines: Reevaluating the online/offline binary. Proc. CHI 2015 Extended Abstracts.
  2. Massimi, M., Yarosh, S., Smith, M.E., & Kaye, J.J. (2014). Designing technology for major life events. Proc. CHI 2014 Extended Abstracts, 83-86.
  3. Thieme, A., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Clarke, R.E., Slovák, P., McCarthy, J., Massimi, M., & Parker, A. (2014). Enabling empathy in health and care: Design methods and challenges. Proc. CHI 2014 Extended Abstracts, 139-142.
  4. Massimi, M., Moncur, W., Odom, W., Banks, R., & Kirk, D. (2012). Memento mori: Technology design for the end of life.Proc. CHI 2012 Extended Abstracts, 2759-2762. [ACM][Website]
  5. Massimi, M., Odom, W., Kirk, D., & Banks, R. (2010). HCI at the end of life: Understanding death, dying, and the digital. Proc. CHI 2010 Extended Abstracts, 4477-4480. [ACM][Website]

Workshops, Posters, Panels, and Other Publications

  1. Massimi, M. (2013). Stories from my thanatosensitive design process: Reflections on working with the bereaved.Position paper for CHI 2013 Workshop “Designing For – and With – Vulnerable People.”
  2. Massimi, M. (2013). Families just don’t understand: What participation in community support groups reveals about family life. Position paper for CHI 2013 Workshop “Designing for Diverse Families.”
  3. Ferguson, R. D., Moffatt, K., Massimi, M., and Crist, E. (2013). Supporting communication at the end-of-life: Comparing ICT use by families in hospice setting. GRAND National Centres of Excellence Conference 2013. 
  4. Ferguson, R. D., Moffatt, K., and Massimi, M. (2013). Formal and informal messages: Early reflections on how context and content influence ICT use at the end of life. Position paper for CSCW 2013 Workshop “Beyond Formality: Informal Communication in Health Practices.”
  5. Bender, J., Witteman, H., Ahmed, O., and Massimi, M. (2012). A view of online communities across stages of life: Current research and future trends. Panel presentation, Medicine 2.0.
  6. Baecker, R., Benjamin, A., Birnholtz, J., David, J., Moffat, K., Massimi, M., Gromala, D., and Squire, P. (2011). Social media to combat social isolation. In Chronic Pain: Collaborations among Artists, Scientists, and Health Care Experts, an exhibit at the Art | Sci Gallery, California Nanosystems Institute, UCLA.
  7. Locasto, M., Massimi, M., & DePasquale, P. (2011). Security and privacy considerations in digital death. New Security Paradigms Workshop 2011
  8. Baecker, R., Benjamin, A., Moffatt, K., Macaranas, E., Shihipar, T., Massimi, M., Ptak, D., David, J., Birnholtz, J., Gromala, D., Furlan, A., Boscart, V. (2010). Connecting physically and socially isolated individuals to their families. Position paper for GROUP 2010 Workshop on Connecting Families.
  9. Massimi, M. (2010). Thanatosensitively designed technologies for bereavement support. Proc. CHI 2010 Extended Abstracts, 2951-2954. [PDF] [ACM]
  10. Massimi, M. (2010). Technologies for supporting bereaved families. Proc. CSCW Companion Materials, 521-522. [PDF]
  11. David, J., Baecker, R., Benjamin, A., Moffatt, K., Macaranas, E., Shihipar, T., Massimi, M., Ptak, D., Birnholtz, J., Gromala, D., Furlan, A., Boscart, V. (2010). Connecting physically and socially isolated individuals to their families. Toronto Rehab’s 6th Annual Research Day. (Winner of “Best Interactive Presentation” award.)
  12. Baecker, R.M., Levy, A., Massimi, M., Tonon, K., Watson, M., Fenwick, K., Scott, W., Rochon, E., Mulholland, D., Laird, L., Black, S.E., Moffatt, K., Poorshahid, G. (2010). Context-aware mobile phones to aid seniors with word recall and production. Proc. International Society for Gerontechnology 7th World Conference.
  13. Baecker, R., Fenwick, K., Massimi, M., Black, S., Rochon, E., Ryan, D. (2009). Cell phone software to aid senior citizens in recalling names. Proc. 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
  14. Fenwick, K., Massimi, M., Baecker, R., Black, S., Tonon, K., Munteanu, C., Rochon, E., & Ryan, D. (2009). Cell phone software aiding name recall. Proc. CHI 2009 Extended Abstracts, 4279-4284. [ACM] [PDF]
  15. Baecker, R., Massimi, M., Levy, A., Tonon, K., Scott, W., Watson, M., et al. (2009). Context-aware mobile communication aids. Toronto Rehab Institute 5th Annual Research Day. (Winner of “Best Interactive Presentation” award)
  16. Massimi, M. & Baecker, R. (2008). Sharing personal identities in family contexts. Position paper for CSCW 2008 Workshop on Designing for Families. [PDF]
  17. Chiu, T. & Massimi, M. (2006). A digital support device designed to help family caregivers coordinate, communicate and plan the care of people with brain injury. American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2006 Annual Symposium Proceedings, Washington, DC, 884. [PDF]
  18. Chiu, T. & Massimi, M. (2006). User-centred design of a digital knowledge medium to support family caregivers of brain injury survivors. Abstracts Book, 11th World Conference on Internet in Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, 32. [PDF]
  19. Massimi, M. (2006). A context-aware mobile phone for remembering names and faces. Position paper for CHI 2006 Workshop on Designing Technology for People with Cognitive Impairments. [PDF]
  20. Massimi, M. & Baecker, R. (2006). Participatory design process with older users. Position paper for Ubicomp 2006 Workshop on future networked interactive media systems and services for the new-senior communities. [PDF]
  21. Massimi, M. & Tarn, E. (2004). Mathematical models governing dynamic user-driven resource allocation. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 19(5), 300-301.
  22. Massimi, M. & Wolz, U. (2003). Peer-to-peer policy management system for wearable mobile devices. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC ’03), White Plains, New York, 246-247. [PDF]

Invited Talks

  1. Massimi, M. (February, 2013). Designing and developing an online support group for the bereaved. Dundee University School of Computing.
  2. Massimi, M. (2011). Technology’s role in bereavement: Opportunities for design. TorCHI – Toronto Branch of ACM SIGCHI, February 2011.
  3. Massimi, M. (2010). Loss in the internet age: Technologies for supporting the bereaved. Ward Funeral Homes Public Lecture Series, Mississauga Convention Centre, May 3, 2010.
  4. Massimi, M. (2009). Does not compute: Five tips for the care and feeding of the technologist on your team. Health Care, Technology, and Place Annual Workshop, March 27, 2009.
  5. Baecker, R. and Massimi, M. (October, 2009). Technological aids for cognition and in support of healthy aging. Baycrest Rotman Research Institute Psychiatry Rounds.
  6. Charise, A. & Massimi, M. (2009). Memento mori: Designing for death in human-computer interaction. Health Care, Technology, and Place Annual Workshop, March 27, 2009.
  7. Massimi, M. (2007). Ubiquitous computing approaches to cognitive rehabilitation. Health Care, Technology, and Place Seminar Series at the University of Toronto, October 3, 2007.
  8. Wolz, U., Massimi, M., Tarn, E., Weinman, S., & Babinski, P. (2004). rMUSIC: A System for Collaborative Construction of a Media Event/Collaborative Decision Making through Database Annotation. New Media Center Online Conference on Social Computing, November, 2004.


  1. Interviewed in Rankin, K. (2012). Death is new design consideration in technological age. University of Toronto News.Published February 22, 2012. Available at
  2. Interviewed in Bielski, Z. (2012). A social media update from beyond the grave. The Globe and Mail. Published January 13, 2012. Available at
  3. Interviewed in Ledger, B. (2011). Technologies for aging gracefully. University of Toronto Magazine. Winter 2012 issue. Available at
  4. Interviewed in Kupperman, S. (2009). Digital technology eyed in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The Globe and Mail. Published October 13, 2009. Available at