Dr. Andrea Grimes Parker is the director of the Wellness Technology Lab and an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine. Her interdisciplinary research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Personal Health Informatics examines how social and ubiquitous computing systems can help reduce racial and socioeconomic health disparities.
Dr. Parker’s research has been funded through awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Aetna Foundation, and Google. She serves as co-chair for the Workgroup on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH), and is a member of the Georgia Maternal Health Research for Action Steering Committee and the Association of Computing Machinery’s Steering Committee on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing. Dr. Parker has received several best paper nominations for her research on health equity.
PhD, Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Computer Science, Northeastern University
Music is a big passion of mine. I studied piano for several years and sang in various choirs as an undergraduate and graduate student.
My research is in the fields of Public Health, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and in Personal Health Informatics. I am broadly interested in social determinants of sexual health, stigmatization of disease, and health activism. I am currently exploring how community informatics can be used to address inequities in sexual health and sexual violence.
BA, Health and Society, Wellesley College
I love to play soccer and have since I was five years old.
My research interest lies at the intersection of crisis informatics, visualization, and health. I am broadly interested in studying people’s perception and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), focused on traditionally marginalized and vulnerable populations. My PhD dissertation examines how people’s information trust and perceptions are shaped by, and in turn, shapes the design of ICTs and sociotechnical systems in times of crisis. I applied mixed methods to guide my empirical and design work. I capture human experiences, perceptions, and views through interviews, observations, participatory design, longitudinal surveys, and systematic analysis of artifacts.
I am a photographer. I also love swimming and tennis.
Vanessa is a Creative Technologist and PhD student in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research explores the design and evaluation of mobile and wearable-based digital health interventions that can support wellbeing of and help combat health inequities for racial and ethnic minoritized women.
BS, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park
MS, Human-Computer Interaction, University of Maryland College Park
I love to sew and make my own clothes. I also love rhythm skating and dancing.
My research interests lie in the intersection of social media, youth activism, and community development. I am interested in how social media is and can be used by youth for learning about socio-political issues and becoming activists in their own right. I collaborate with community-based organizations that civically engage youth to be involved in the social and political life of their local communities and am also interested in how these organizations–together with social media–can motivate youth to care for their communities. To that end, I predominantly employ qualitative methods that include interviews and participatory design; however, I do like to sprinkle in the occasional mixed methods study.
BS, Cognitive Science, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
MHI, Health Informatics, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
If I wasn’t a PhD student, I might have become a barista. You’ll always find me with a laptop in one hand and a coffee mug in the other.
My research interests are focused on community building, care and health equity. I am interested in how communities can act as resources for their members to promote positive health behaviours and outcomes, as well as the development of digital tools that address health disparities in marginalised communities. I am currently exploring how black church support systems can be leveraged in mobile health tools to motivate behaviour changes in members.
BA, Cognitive Science & Quantitative Social Sciences, Dartmouth College
I am an avid milk-first advocate, and have the slides to prove why it is the superior way to make cereal 🙂
Sherilyn A. Francis, MPH, MSBT, has a primary research focus on developing strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations and underserved communities through technological and community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. Ms. Francis is currently exploring technological approaches to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes among Black/African American (B/AA) women.
MSBT, Bioinformatics, Morehouse School of Medicine
MPH, Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research, Morehouse School of Medicine
BS, Public Health, Georgia Southern University
Master’s & Undergraduate Students
Grace Pfohl (BS Computer Science, Georgia Tech)
Joseph Gaggiano (MS HCI, Georgia Tech)
Kai McKeever (BS Computer Science, Georgia Tech)
Morgan Allen (BS, Morehouse School of Medicine)
Sabreen Mohammad (MPH, Emory University)
Anisa Amiji (Health Equity Intern, Northeastern University)
Melissa Ramkarran (Health Equity Intern, Northeastern University)
Herman Saksono, PhD (PhD Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Farnaz Irannejad Bisafar, PhD (PhD Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Reneé Wurth, PhD (PhD Population Health, Northeastern University)
Emma Simpson, PhD (PhD Digital Civics, Newcastle University)
Deepak Krishnan (MS Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Nivedita Mittal (MS Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Bahar Haji-Sheikhi (BS Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Chelsi Gibson (Northeastern University)
Mackenzie Breen (Health Equity Intern, Northeastern University)
Anita Onuoha (Health Equity Intern, Northeastern University)
Olivia Sterns (Health Equity Intern, Northeastern University)
Lina Martinez (MPH, Northeastern University)
Alex Ollendorf (BS Health Sciences, Northeastern University)
Mercedes Lyson, PhD (Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Northeastern University)
Ashwini Ranade, PhD (PhD Population Health, Northeastern University)
Shreya Singh (MS Computer Science)
Parul Sharma (BS Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Priscilla Baquerizo (BS Computer Science, Northeastern University)
Amanda Carreiro (BS Health Sciences, Northeastern University)
Dana Moore (Visiting CRA-W DREU Student, Winthrop University)
Denise Douglas (BS Pharmacy, Northeastern University)
Nur Selin Akbulut (BS Biology, Northeastern University)