I am an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in UC Irvine's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). I am the PI of my research study that explores the use of interactive technologies (e.g., telepresence robots) to establish or augment social connectedness for improved health, academic, and social outcomes. To grow this research, I am currently conducting an on-going, national, multi-case study that explores this use of technology.
My research encompasses strong interdisciplinary efforts between UCI's School of Medicine, School of Education, Department of Informatics, and Department of Cognitive Sciences.
My research interests include interactive technologies, health & human development, disabilities, virtual inclusion, human-computer interaction (HCI), human-robot interaction (HRI), and emerging technologies that facilitate improved health, human development, learning, and social connectedness.