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I am a PhD candidate in the College of Information Studies and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, I am completing the final pages of my dissertation on the topic of youth and Internet search.
My dissertation research has focused on
how youth ages 7-17 search on the Internet
how they change as searchers over time
. By interviewing the same youth after four years elapsed, I was able to observe changes in search behaviors of individuals. This longitudinal approach revealed how a constantly changing technology landscape affects youth searching as well as the best approaches for adults wanting to promote search literacy in young searchers.
I also work with an intergenerational design team in the HCIL, called
. We use Cooperative Inquiry methods to create new technologies and improve existing technologies for children by working directly with children throughout the entire design process.
contributes innovative ideas to improving technologies for children through industry, government, and academic partnerships.
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland