Currently, I work as a Design Researcher at the AdventHealth Design Center in Orlando, FL. My body of work from this position is not contained within this site, but can be shared or discussed privately upon request in most cases. Please reach out if you would like to know more.
I'm an experienced researcher with a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science. My dissertation, "The Information Needs and Information Behaviors of the Fat Acceptance Community," is an in-depth preliminary user study, as it assessed the needs and behaviors of a marginalized group and offered suggestions to begin addressing them.
For more information about my dissertation, click here.
My other research interests include information behaviors, social media, taxonomy, human-computer interaction, and the intersections of sociology with information studies.
I have a particular interest in applying these research areas to marginalized communities, social justice causes, and how information use and access can impact and aid those who are disenfranchised.
In addition to academic and user experience research, I am also an adept social media coordinator. I have successfully managed accounts with audiences containing millions of users . Additionally, I have created new social media presences for brands, which I then grew to thousands of followers in short periods of time.
Previously, I worked as a blogger and multimedia journalist. My work has appeared on LionBrand.com as well as in Bust, The New York Times Local Ft. Greene, The New York Daily News, The Queens Chronicle, The Brooklyn Paper, NBC New York, Death + Taxes, and Persephone Magazine.