I am an Assistant Professor at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. I am a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher who applies machine learning (ML) to solve sociotechnical issues using human-centered approaches. My research expertise is positioned at the intersection of HCI, Social Computing, ML, Privacy, and Online Safety.

I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida under Dr. Pamela Wisniewski's supervision in the Socio-technical Interaction Research (STIR) Lab. In my doctoral research, I contributed to an NSF-funded project entitled “A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Detecting Adolescent Online Risks”. This project addresses the critical and timely problem of adolescent online safety by leveraging a multi-disciplinary approach of human-centered machine learning to accurately detect risks teens encounter online. I have experience working on fast-paced product projects using mix-methods in the industry (Mozilla, ConvertKit) as a User Experience Researcher.

My work bridges the gap between the social science and computer science research domains by synergistically combining the vastly different methodological approaches to deeply understand societal issues and identify ways that those could be meditated using technology. The novelty of my work comes through filling the gaps between the techniques in HCI, NLP, and the domain of online safety of vulnerable populations to develop practical solutions to make online interactions safer for youth.

I have several funded positions and I am looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students to join me at Drexel CCI to work at the intersection of Online Safety, Human-centered Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, and Privacy. If you are interested, please send me an email with your CV! For the Ph.D. in Information Science program, please check the admissions requirements and application deadlines to apply.

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