My research sits at the intersection of Health, Human-Centered Computing, Robot-Mediated Presence, and Human Development across the lifespan. My work explores how technology-mediated communications and experiences contribute to increased social connectedness, positive human relationships, accessibility, and improved health outcomes. I am excited to be exploring the addition of a hand feature to facilitate human computer (HCI) and human robot (HRI) interaction for children in the Cognitive Anteater Robotics Lab (CARL) lab with the Toyota Human Service Robot (HSR). My recent and on-going studies explore the design features that matter in the robot-mediated presence of children, technology-mediated human development, and interdisciplinary collaborations that are needed to further this work at the human-technology frontier.
I am also the founder of the Technology and Social Connectedness (TASC) lab that explores human-centered design and development projects on the use of interactive technologies for improved social and health outcomes.
Before my postdoctoral research, I served as a public health leader for the state of Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services, in the Family and Community Health Bureau, where I began my work on tele-health/medicine technologies and children's special health services. Before and during my work at the state, I served as adjunct faculty at the University of Montana, Helena where I taught introductory courses to computing and technology as well as human relations.