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. 

For the last 10 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.  My current work looks at how to incorporate user needs in the development of health information systems for the military.


CHI 2017
CHI 2017 is here! On Saturday I will be participating in the 2nd annual Computing and Mental Health Symposium. On Sunday I will be participating in the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health (WISH). My poster for the WISH workshop can be found here.

Anita Borg Institute – Atlanta Chapter Quick Research Bites
The official local chapter of the Anita Borg Institute is launching  on April 27! To celebrate this occasion, six local scientists, researchers, and businesswomen have been invited to discuss their research and impacts for Atlanta and beyond! I will be presenting my research on characterizing self harm online and how we might meaningfully connect these online activities and behaviors into clinical practice. For more information, click here for more information.

2017 ACM CSCW Conference
I am excited to announce that my paper “Defining Digital Self Harm” was not only accepted to the 2017 ACM CSCW conference, but was also selected for a Best Paper Award! A big thanks and congratulations to my advisor and co-author Dr. Beth Mynatt. Our presentation slides can be found here.

2016 ACM GROUP Conference
Lots of great things going on at the ACM GROUP conference this year!  I coordinating a workshop, “Exploring Ethics and Obligations for Studying Digital Communities” with Nazanin Adalibi, Pamela Wisniewski, and Casey Fiesler. You can apply to the workshop here.

My paper  “Characterizations of Online Harassment: Comparing Policies Across Social Media Platforms” will be presented at the conference on Wednesday (11/16/2016) at 2:00 in the in Social Media session. A bing thanks and congrats to my co-authors Moon Kim, Casey Fiesler, and Beth Mynatt. Our presentation slides can be found here.