I recently defended my dissertation in Computer Science at Virginia Tech’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction. My research explores the role of computer technologies in mediating human communication, empathic connection, and personal growth. To date, I have investigated these in the context of collocated partner relationships––what types of technologies should we design for couples, and what are the nuanced, meaningful ways in which technology can transform them? My approach is human-centered and pragmatic; I develop knowledge in conversation with participants and use technology prototypes in naturalistic settings. Themes of interest include: computer mediated communication, design, activism, respectful dialogue, mutual reflection, narrative identity, critical theory, qualitative methods, and ethics. I was advised by Steve Harrison.

My work has been recognized with a best paper award at DIS ’12 and best paper award at CHI ’15. I am honored to have been a recipient of the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship. I am currently a postdoc with Shaun Kane at UMBC exploring technologies for people who are blind.




December 2014 -- we’ll be going to Seoul! “Sharing is Caring...” and “Collaborative Accessibility...” were accepted to CHI 15.

November 11, 2014 -- gave a talk at Towson University, “Technology and Relationships: How IT design can change society”

September 13, 2014 -- gave a TEDx UMBC talk “Empathic Communication Technologies”

February 24, 2014 --  accepted postdoc with Shaun Kane at UMBC

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