User Experience Researcher at Google, Mountain View, CA.
I'm a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. As a PhD student, I conducted research in the areas of youth Internet search and designed technology with children in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and College of Information Studies at UMD.
My dissertation research focused longitudinally on
how youth ages 7-15 search on the Internet. Starting in 2008, and revisiting the same participants in 2013, I conducted field interviews with youth who demonstrated their Internet search habits. Using observable search behaviors, I established a framework of eight search roles that youth display when searching: Power, Visual, Rule-bound, Developing, Domain-specific, Non-motivated, Distracted, and Social. Each of these roles has strengths and defecits, and youth often display more than one role. Educators, technology designers, parents, and researchers can use the search role framework to better suport youth as searchers and to encourage better searching habits. This research and a review of relevant literature will be published as a book in the coming months.
I also worked with an intergenerational design team in the HCIL, called Kidsteam. We used Cooperative Inquiry methods to create new technologies and improve existing technologies for children by working directly with children throughout the entire design process. Kidsteam contributes innovative ideas to improving technologies for children through industry, government, and academic partnerships.