I received a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction & Design from UC Irvine as of Sep. 2017.  I earned my B.S. in biology and sociology from Furman University. I always had a passion for research and worked as a research specialist, program coordinator, and wearer-of-many-UX-hats for three years after completing my bachelor's.

My multi-disciplinary background has helped me immensely in the field of HCI, especially when it comes to being fiercely analytic. I grew up learning both quantitative and qualitative methods so knowing how to employ a multitude of research methods is second-nature to me at this point. I know how to ask the important questions, understand people, employ sound methods, analyze and present data, and provide practical solutions. I place a large emphasis on grounding my design decisions in empirical user research.

In my spare time, I am passionate about music as I write freelance for a music website, and attend numerous concerts and events. I also enjoy taking photos, volunteering at my local animal shelter, and reading about ethical issues in technology.

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