About Me:

I am a PhD student in the Human Centered Computing program at Georgia Tech.  I work in Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt‘s Everyday Computing Lab.  My studies focus on how social computing technologies can impact everyday wellness and behavior.  I am specifically interested in how technology use and participation in online communities impact social and emotional health, especially as it relates to eating disorders and self-harm. 

For the last eight years, I have worked as a full-time researcher at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where I have worked in the Socio Technical Systems Division in the Information and Communications Laboratory.  My work has focused primarily on digital use patterns, cyber safety, and digital citizenship for students across Georgia.  In this capacity.  I have worked with students, educators, administrators and parents to gain a deeper context of how technology impacts social and educational environments. 


2015-2016 Foley Scholar Fellowshipheadshot-small
I was selected to receive a 2015-2016 Foley Scholar Fellowship. Each fall the GVU Center at Georgia Tech selects vseveral graduate students for a Fellowship on the basis of personal vision, academic contributions, and potential impact. Foley Scholars are selected by an advisory board comprised of GVU alumni, current faculty, and industry partners. To learn more about this year’s finalists and winners, click here.

2015 Cybersafety Presentation
Check out the latest cybersafety presentation, An Introduction to Cybersafety: What you need to know!  If you would like a presentation at your school or community group, email me at pater_at_gatech.edu!

CHI 2015 Publication 
Our paper “This Digital Life: A Neighborhood-based Study of Adolescents’ Lives Online” will be presented at the 2015 CHI conference in Seoul, Korea on April 22. A big thanks and congrats to my co-authors Dr. Andrew Miller and Dr. Beth Mynatt. (April ’15).  Here are the slides from the presentation.

CSCW 2015 Attendance 
I’ll be attending the Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference in Vancouver in March, as well as participating in the “Ethics for Studying Online Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World” workshop (March ’15).