Journal Articles

Krieger, J. L., Neil, J. M., Duke, K., Zalake, M., Tavassoli, F., Vilaro, M., Wilson-Howard, D., Chavez, S., Laber, E., Davidian, M., George, T., Modave, F., Odedina, F., Lok, B. (in press). A pilot study examining the ecacy of delivering colorectal cancer screening messages via virtual health assistants. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Impact Factor: 4.5)

Zalake, M., Tavassoli, F., Duke, K. et al. Internet-based tailored virtual human health intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening: design guidelines from two user studies. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. (Impact Factor: 1.7) Learn More

Vilaro, M. J., Wilson-Howard, D. S., Griffin, L. N., Tavassoli, F., Zalake, M. S., Lok, B. C., Modave, F. P., George, T. J., Carek, P. J., & Krieger, J. L. (2020). Tailoring virtual human-delivered interven- tions: A digital intervention promoting colorectal cancer screening for Black women. Psycho-Oncology. (Impact Factor: 3.4) Learn More

Dimeff, L., Jobes, D. A., Chalker, S. A., Piehl, B., Duvivier, L. L., Lok, B. C., Zalake, M. S., Chung, J., & Koerner, K. (2018) A Novel Engagement of Suicidality in the Emergency Department: Virtual Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality. General Hospital Psychiatry. (Impact Factor: 3.2) Learn More

Levy, C., Halan, S., Borish, M., Akande, C., Zalake, M., Myers, K., … & Benjamin, L. (2017). Evaluation of V-Mart, a Virtual Reality Grocery Store for TBI and PTSD. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(10), e14. (Impact Factor: 3.0) Learn More

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Vilaro MJ, Wilson-Howard D, Lok BC, Zalake MS, Tavassoli F, George TJ, Carek P, Odedina F, Krieger JL. Key Changes to Improve Social Presence of Virtual Health Assistant Communication of Colorectal Cancer Prevention. Accepted to the virtual 71st Annual ICA Conference, Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice, to be held on 27-31 May 2021.

Zalake, M., Tavassoli, F., Griffin, L., Krieger, J., & Lok, B. (2019, July). Internet-based Tailored Virtual Human Health Intervention to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening: Design Guidelines from Two User Studies. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 73-80). ACM. (Best Paper Award - Acceptance Rate 24%) Learn More

Sezer, B., Zalake, M., Cordar, A., Lampotang, S., and Lok., B. Creating a Web-Based 3D Virtual Patient Scenario for Communication Skills Practice (2017). 5th International Conference on Innovation Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research & Practice, Singapore, Singapore.


Zalake, M., Siqueira, Gomes de, A., Krishna, V., Antonenko, P., Hamza-Lup, F., & Benjamin, L. (2020). Towards Rapid Development of Conversational Virtual Humans using Web3D Technologies. The 25th International Conference on 3DWeb Technology (Web3D’20). Learn More

Vilaro, M. J., Wilson-Howard, D., Grin, L., Tavassoli, F., Zalake, M., Lok, B., … & Krieger, J. L. (2020, May). Content considerations for virtual human technology ehealth interventions delivering health and nutrition messages. In Annals of Behavioral Medicine (Vol. 54, pp. S707-S707). Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513 USA: Oxford Univ Press Inc.

Zalake, M. (2020, April). Advisor: Agent-based Intervention Leveraging Individual Differences to Support Mental Wellbeing of College Students. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (pp. 1-8). (Doctoral Consortium - Acceptance Rate 25%) Learn More

Wilson-Howard D, Vilaro MJ, Griffin L, Tavassoli F, Zalake M, Lok B, Modave F, Carek P, George T, Krieger J. (2019) Community engagement in the development of an mHealth app utilizing a black male virtual health assistant to promote colon cancer screening: An iterative study of credibility and likeability. Presented at the 12th Annual American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference, San Francisco, CA. Sept. 20-23, 2019. Learn More

Vilaro MJ, Griffin L, Tavassoli F, Zalake M, Lok B, Modave F, Carek P, George T, Krieger JL. (2019) Source credibility of a virtual health assistant communicating colorectal cancer screening messages among black women. Presented at DC Health Communication Conference, Fairfax, VA.

Zalake, M., & Lok, B. (2018, November). Non-Responsive Virtual Humans for Self-Report Assessments. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 347-348). ACM. Learn More

Zalake, M., Woodward, J., Kapoor, A., & Lok, B. (2018, November). Assessing the Impact of Virtual Human’s Appearance on Users’ Trust Levels. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on *Intelligent Virtual Agents *(pp. 329-330). ACM. Learn More