Current Lab Members
Associate Professor
Anne Marie's research in human-computer interaction investigates natural user interfaces to support communication and social interaction for people with disabilities and older adults. Currently her research focuses on new media and accessible interfaces for late life social interaction. Anne Marie received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, a M.A. in Education, and a B.S. in Computer Science.
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Christina N. Harrington
Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Studies
Christina is a designer and qualitative researcher focused on creating technology experiences that promote health and wellness among marginalized populations and those with disabilities. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Communication Studies department where her research interests intersect Human-Centered Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and Health Informatics, primarily working with the older adult population. In particular, she is interested in leveraging co-creation and community-based participatory research methods to understand the health technology needs and experiences of low-income and minority older adults. Christina received her PhD in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech in the fall of 2017, and also holds a Masters in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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Ph.D. candidate in Technology and Social Behavior
Jes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Technology and Social Behavior program. She's interested in understanding how individuals with mental illness express their experiences online. Her work focuses on exploring the impact of social control structures (e.g., content moderation, comments) on online mental illness expression, as well as the ways in which these structures may unintentionally, albeit unjustly, oppress individuals living with mental illness. Jes received a B.S. in Computational Media and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Emily is an engineer, designer, and qualitative researcher. She is a PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. In every assistive/adaptive technology project, Emily collaborates with individuals with disabilities via interviews, co-design, and prototype feedback sessions. These encounters inform the interfaces that she creates, whether they be high-tech or low-tech, for practical or expressive purposes, personal or social, or any combination of the above. Before coming to Northwestern, Emily completed a self-designed engineering major with coursework in computer science, human-centered design, and psychology at Olin College of Engineering.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Katya is a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior. Drawing on her background in computer engineering, she is interested in building new systems that can have a positive social impact and studying them using mixed methods. To this end, she is currently exploring the potential of haptic displays on creating engaging, comfortable learning experiences for children with learning disabilities such as dysgraphia and dyslexia. She is also identifying design opportunities for touch feedback tablet-computer applications that can support children with autism. Katya received a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a specialty in Computing Systems from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Abir is a Ph.D. student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. In his current project, he is interested in understanding how people with vision impairments use technologies to produce and edit audio and designing accessible and assistive technologies to better support audio production and editing experiences for people with vision impairments. Abir received an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
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Emma McDonnell
Undergraduate student in Computer Science
Emma is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computer Science through the McCormick School on Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is interested in accessibility research, particularly focusing on how to use haptic cues to build more accessible tools. Currently, Emma is exploring ways to support older adults with acquired hearing loss in small group conversations by making conversation access a group effort.
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Lab Alumni
Antonia Agbeh
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former postdoctoral scholar in Communication Studies
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Graduate of Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. Program
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Mindy Chua
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former postdoctoral scholar
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Jordan Davison
Former Research Project Manager
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Former Postdoctoral Scholar in Technology and Social Behavior
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Charlotte Marshall-Fricker
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Chelsea Kim
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Scott Neaves
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Xiaoning Ni
Former research assistant
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Vanessa Oguamanam
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Magan Omar
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Ted Schwaba
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Karina Sirota
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former graduate research assistant
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Yongfu Wang
Former graduate research assistant
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Sherry Zhang
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Xiaofeng Zhu
Former graduate research assistant
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