Hi! I am a Technology and Social Behavior PhD student in the Inclusive Technology Lab at Northwestern University. My research in human-computer interaction and accessibility focuses on multimodal interfaces to support professionals with disabilities. I am advised by Dr. Anne Marie Piper.

My current projects are about mixed-ability team collaboration and cognitive accessibility. In my first project at Northwestern, I explored how Deaf and hearing professionals use a variety of communication strategies in different contexts (e.g. spoken language, sign language, lipreading, gesturing, writing, typing, and so on) and how technology may help or hinder these interactions. In upcoming projects, I will be conducting interviews and prototyping new interfaces to support professionals with learning disabilities (e.g., word processors with features to support users with dyslexia).

My process includes a mixture of qualitative methods, human-centered design practices, and rapid prototyping. In every assistive/adaptive technology project, I make sure to frequently collaborate with individuals with disabilities via interviews, codesign, and prototype feedback sessions. These encounters inform the interfaces that we create, whether they be high-tech or low-tech, for practical or expressive purposes, personal or social, or any combination of the above. :-)

I plan to include more details and blog posts about my research at Northwestern soon. In the meantime, included below are snapshots of some projects from my time as an undergraduate student at Olin College of Engineering (class of 2016), where I pursued a self-designed engineering major with coursework in computer science, human-centered design, and psychology.