I am a PhD candidate 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. 

I recently took a position as a Visiting Research Scientist with the Informatics team at the Parkview Research Center (PRC) in Fort Wayne, IN. PRC is embedded in Parkview Health, a not-for-profit, community-based health system with over 10,000 employees that serves a regional population of almost a million people in Indiana and Ohio. In this role, I will help develop and support projects that focus on leveraging information technologies to empower patients and communities to effectively manage their health.

Previous to joining PRC, I spent 12 years working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Socio Technical Systems Division in the Information and Communications Laboratory.  My work focused primarily on designing and deploying information technologies for military and community health and researching technology practices of youth for the development of digital citizenship education for schools and communities across Georgia. In this capacity.  I have worked with enlisted service members, their families, Medicad recipients, state and federal organizations, students, educators, administrators and parents to gain a deeper context of how technology impacts medical, social, and educational environments.  My current work looks at how to incorporate user needs in the development of health information systems for the military.

My full CV can be found here.

Below is a brief review of what I have been up to lately and what is on the horizon.

ICED 2019
I will be attending the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorder (ICED) where I will present my current work which looks at the cultural and gender differences of eating disordered behaviors across various social media platforms. The conference will take place in New York City March 14-16, 2019.

CSCW 2018
CSCW 2018 is almost here! I will be co-organizing the workshop on Conducting Research with Stigmatized Populations with a great group of organizers – Juan Fernando Maestre, Mark Warner, Elizabeth Eikey, Maia Jacobs, Lana Yarosh, Patrick Shih, and Gabi Marcu.  More information on the workshop can be found here

Parkview Mental Health Conference Invited Talk
On October 3, I will be giving an invited talk at the 1st Annual Parkview Mental Health Conference which is focused on impacts technology has on youth and teen mental health. My talk focuses on what spaces and tools youth use and the potential negative behaviors that are associated with their use. Click here to learn more about or to register for the event!

New Job!!
Staring September 1, I will be joining the Parkview Research Center in Fort Wayne, IN as a Visiting Research Scientist! I will be working with the Informatics team to help develop and support projects that focus on leveraging information technologies to empower patients and communities to effectively manage their health.

NSF Smart Health Workshop
I was recently chosen as a Student Travel Grant recipient for the NSF Smart Health PI Workshop. The workshop takes place September 24-26th in Arlington, VA. During the workshop, I will have the opportunity to present my dissertation research to all of the current and some aspiring NSF Smart and Connected Health grant recipients.