About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, jointly appointed in the College of Computer & Information Science and the Bouve College of Health Sciences.

I am the founder and director of the Wellness Technology Research Lab and I am part of the core faculty shaping the Personal Health Informatics Ph.D. program.

In 2012, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Everyday Computing Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I worked with Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt and collaborated with Dr. Veda Johnson at Emory University School of Medicine. I hold a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

My research contributes to the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Health Informatics. I design and evaluate the impact of software tools that help people manage their health and wellness. My research specifically focuses on health equity. I study racial, ethnic and economic health disparities and the social context of health management. I take an ecological approach to technology design, whereby I conduct in-depth fieldwork to examine the intrapersonal, social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence a person's ability and desire to make healthy decisions--and how technology can support wellness in this context.

Student Research Opportunities

I am currently seeking highly-motivated students to work on some exciting projects at the intersection of health & technology. Click here for more information. I am recruiting Ph.D. students in the PHI & Computer Science programs as well MS/MA/MPH and Undergraduate students in a variety of relevant programs. Contact me if you're interested.