I’m a research scientist who studies and develops new technologies and social programs to improve education and health care. My work currently explores how technology can provide access to tailored mental health interventions for children and older adults, those on the extreme ends of the developmental spectrum. In my position in the Computer and Information Sciences Department at Northeastern, I collaborate with clinicians, engineers, and social scientists on design pilots and clinical trails that promote health behavior change.
I spent my joyous geek-time at the M.I.T. Media Lab (Post-doc, PhD, MS) delving into commonsense reasoning and story generation by computers, and their application to health and education.
I then co-founded Energy Inside a web-based mental health care company that leveraged social networks to distribute positive psychology activities. As Director of Learning for the One Laptop per Child Foundation, I worked with the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees to improve education for refugee children in Gaza and the West Bank and championed OLPC’s membership in the Global Education Cluster Working Group.
I’ve consulted on an NIH-funded projects about tuning doctor/patient interactions to reduce anxiety and pain during surgeries and painful diagnostic tests. I also recently wrote a study about the use of technology for education in emergencies for the ECWG and UNESCO by reflecting on the recent emergencies in Haiti, Pakistan, and Libya.
As you might have guessed, my work thrives in the spaces where technology, science and humanism meet.
My designs include: wearable computers for children; intelligent cameras; story generation systems; knowledge capture websites; adaptive talk-therapy software; commonsense models of user emotion; and community-driven learning programs.
You can read more about my projects here!