I study how social computing technologies can affect everyday health behaviors. I’m particularly interested in understanding the interplay between people's social sense of self and their identities as healthy and active individuals, and I hope to gain insight into the ways computing technologies can mediate and influence behavior change with respect to everyday health and wellness.
I hold a BA in Cognitive Science from Occidental College, An MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, worked as a User Experience Designer for Schematic NY, and am currently a PhD Candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech.
Attending CHI 2014
CHI 2014: forthcoming publication
Attended CSCW 2014
New magazine article: “Fitness Trackers at the Crossroads”
Invited talk: GVU Brown Bag
AMIA Doctoral Consortium
Invited talk: Wireless Health
In my dissertation research, I designed and deployed StepStream, a social pervasive health system for middle school students to share and encourage everyday fitness activity. StepStream is a multi-week pervasive health deployment consisting of an after school program, wireless pedometers and a social network site. I've used it to better understand how online social activity can motivate offline health behaviors in youth, and I designed the system in collaboration with students from a local participating school.
If you’d like to learn more about my research, find me using the Contact page and say hello! Puns encouraged.