I am a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington. I research, design and build technologies that empower people to engage in positive behaviors through a human centered approach. My work draws on people's lived experiences and expert practices to support the implementation of evidence based behavioral interventions. My research informs understanding on how technology can support healthy behaviors, and can be designed to support new ways of delivering interventions using technology.
I completed a MS in Computer Science at Harvard University, and a BS in Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. I worked on research teams at Microsoft Research, FXPAL, Intel Labs and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.
I run initiatives to broaden participation in computing and engineering. I have grown the Outreach program in the HCDE department. I led students from University of Washington in teaching design and engineering workshops with thousands of K-12 students and teachers from across the Seattle area and Washington state.
I have been lucky to experience diverse international environments. I lived, studied and taught in Romania, France, Germany, Israel, Peru and the US.
Jun'19 I was awarded my first grant from the NIMH UW Alacrity Center to study how to support patients and therapists in designing interventions during and between therapy sessions. Amount: $50,000
Jun'19 AMIA papers accepted on (1) the needs of hospitalized patients and caregivers, and (2) using chatbots to assess social needs of people with low health literacy
Jun'19 Attending Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST)
May'19 Presenting at CHI'19 Doctoral Consortium
Winter'19 Instructor for Introduction to Programming for HCDE graduate students
Jan'19 HCDE K-12 design workshops are expanding to the Seattle Public Library for the Summer of Learning
Nov'18 Interactions article on Human Centered Design for K-12 outreach
Autumn'18 Instructor for Introduction to Programming for HCDE graduate students
Sept'18 Presenting at the Grace Hopper Celebration on Human Centered Design workshops for raising STE(A)M awareness