Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Research Interests: My research interests include persuasion in cyber attacks and applications of human-robot interaction. I am especially interested in these topics as they relate to special populations, including those with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. I don't think enough emphasis is placed on diversity in neural and physical ability in our field, and I hope that I can bring awareness to these important groups of users through my research and future career.
Career Aspirations: I hope to someday work on a design team for a company that researches, tests, and implements assistive technologies for people with disabilities. In the past few years, more and more companies are beginning to realize the importance of HF/E professionals when it comes to practical design. I am looking forward to bridging the gap between technical fields and psychology to improve the quality of life for these underserved and underresearched groups.
Fun Fact: I have four tattoos that each mark a meaningful memory or time in my life, and I'll never stop adding to my collection!
Advice to younger students: Don't be afraid to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. All grad students are living with some level of imposter syndrome, and I can guarantee that we've been in your shoes before. Older students can be a great resource for study habits, research tips, and advice on hobbies that can help you find a healthy work-life balance. Just reach out!