I am an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. My research focuses on enabling people to cultivate a more informed relationship with their health through human-centered technology. I investigate how interactive technologies can be designed and developed to facilitate personal health-related information awareness and understanding. Thus far, I have addressed digital communication of health status and progress information from two complementary perspectives: those of hospital clinicians as well as patients, to discover how technology can be designed to foster patients' participation in their own healthcare.
Through a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), my recent work examined the impact of a personal health record infrastructure developed in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
While most of my work focuses on health-related applications, I am generally interested in how computing systems can be designed to communicate information to end users on the status and progress of complex, multi-faceted, and dynamic processes. My work employs a research methodology that draws from the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Medical Informatics, to include methods for designing, building, and evaluating technology.
I hold a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University (2013), where I worked in the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces lab, advised by Professor Steven Feiner. I was also actively involved in projects in the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics.
Before beginning the PhD program, I worked full time in IBM Software Group, where I designed, implemented, and presented end-to-end solution prototypes focused on customer scenarios in the Solutions Experience Lab (SEL) (part of the Technical Sales organization in Austin, Texas). The SEL solutions were presented to executives visiting IBM for software briefings. See my CV for more details.