Human-Technology Frontier: My work resides at the intersection of Health, Human-Centered Design, Tech-Mediated Healthcare Practices, and Human Development across the lifespan. My work explores how technology-mediated communications and experiences contribute to increased accessibility, social connectedness, positive human relationships, and improved health outcomes. My recent and on-going studies explore the design features and practices that matter for robot-mediated inclusion and engagement in health-centered contexts.
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 health and behavioral outcomes.
Healthcare Background: Earlier in my career, 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 maternal and child health.