Computers are now a part of our everyday lives, from helping with the minutia of daily traffic and weather calculations, to keeping us connected with our friends and family. With this increase in screen time, I am broadly interested in how and why humans interface with technology. More specifically, within the context of mental health, I wonder how one’s experience with technology influences their sense of self as it relates to mental well-being. If we can find out the answer to these questions, we can design more effective and less invasive technologically-driven treatment options for those suffering from debilitating mental health conditions.

With my interdisciplinary background consisting of cognitive neuroscience (BS), information science (MPS), and now communication (PhD), I plan to take a mixed methods approach to answering my questions.