My work focuses on the relationships that people create and foster through non-traditional means (e.g., not face-to-face interactions) and platforms. For example, in the past, I have examined how health vloggers (those who vlogged their experiences about a chronic condition on YouTube) established connections with their viewers. I am interested in understanding how these non-traditional relationships are created and maintained and how we can design technologies to better support these relationships.
Broadly speaking, my research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and health informatics.
I received my PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics (2015) from the University of Washington. I was advised by Wanda Pratt. During my PhD, I did an intership at Microsoft Research with Kori Inkpen. Before that, I received my MS in Information and Computer Sciences (2011) and BS in Informatics (2009) from the University of California, Irvine, where I was advised by Gillian Hayes.