Associate Professor

Contact information

Office: LHN 2709

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32729

Email: jfarocha@uwaterloo.ca

Jose Arocha

Research interests

Quantitative health information is everywhere on the mass media and the Internet. Much of this information is in quantitative form, such as probabilities and percentages. Understanding numerical information is a necessary ability for everyone living in today's information-rich society. My research interests cover the investigation of the comprehension and use of numerical health information, especially in the adult immigrant population. I am interested in answering the following questions: What are the component processes involved in health numeracy? What are the skills necessary for understanding health information among the immigrant populations in Canada? How do different forms of numerical representation affect such understanding? What is the relation between culture, language, and education with health numeracy? Understanding these issues is necessary for developing health promotion strategies aimed specifically at the various cultural minorities in the country.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Comprehension of health information
  • Health numeracy
  • Reasoning in the health domains
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Health decision making

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Health informatics 
  • Decision-making 
  • Cognitive science
  • Human computer interaction

Courses

  • Decision making in health
  • Health literacy and numeracy
  • Public health informatics

Education

Lic. Psychology (1981, Central University, Caracas)

MA Educational Psychology (1985, McGill University)

PhD Educational Psychology (1991, McGill University)

Selected publications

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Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo