About Me:

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I am a PhD Candidate studying Technology & Social Behavior at Northwestern University, a program combining Computer Science and Communication Studies. I work with Professor Jeremy Birnholtz in the NU Social Media Lab. I am also a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HC) at DePaul University.

My research focuses on the use of communication technology for maintaining social and family relationships. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on students' use of communication technology and family communication during the stressful transition to college. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Before moving to Chicago I spent six years living and studying in Ithaca, NY, the best college town in America. During that time I earned an M.S. in Information Science from Cornell University, where I worked in the CU Social Media Lab, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Ithaca College, where I worked with Professor Sharon Stansfield. I grew up in Bethlehem, PA, home of Marshmallow Peeps and Mike & Ikes. I'm also a super picky eater and my favorite color is purple.

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