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I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. I am also affiliated with the Center for Social Media Responsibility (CSMR), the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), and the Digital Studies Institute. I am also a co-director of the Social Media Research LabMy research is broadly in Social Computing, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human-Centered Computing (HCC), and Health Informatics. 

My work has been published in venues such as ACM CHI, CSCW, TOCHI, and New Media and Society, and featured by media outlets such as CNN and Huffington Post. My publications have received several Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at ACM CHI and CSCW, and my generative research at Yahoo directly contributed to novel publicly launched communication technology products. I was also the recipient of Drexel University’s Outstanding Promise Award, and a two-times recipient of the Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Doctoral Fellowship Award. 

Prior to my current role I was a postdoctoral research fellow at UMSI. Prior to that, I received my Ph.D. in Information Studies from the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University where I was advised by Dr. Andrea Forte. I also hold a M.S. in Socio-technical Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Theoretical Computer Science from Sharif University of Technology. I enjoy telling stories through my work and hobbies such as photography. 

Research Areas

human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing, computer-mediated communication (CMC), health informatics

Research Keywords

self-disclosure, stigma, marginalized populations, stressful life events, identity, social support, privacy, well-being, photo-sharing, ethics, social media, online communities, emotional AI, mental health, pregnancy loss/miscarriage, sexual abuse

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Events and Travel

ACM CHI 2020 Conference

April 25 - 30, 2020  

Honolulu, US

Career Mentoring Workshop, Computing Research Association

Feb 27 - 38, 2020  

Washington DC, US

Invited Talk at Oakland University

Jan 28, 2020

Rochester, MI

ACM CSCW 2019 Conference

​Nov 9-13 , 2019  

Austin, TX

ACM CHI 2019 Conference

May 4 - 9, 2019  

Glasgow, UK

The ICA Conference

May 23 - 27, 2019  

Washington, DC

NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Workshop

April 8 - 9, 2019  

Alexandria, VA

CHI 2019 Virtual Program Committee meeting

​December 7 - 8, 2018  

ACM CSCW 2018 Conference

​November 3 - 7, 2018  

New York City, NY

ACM CHI 2018 Conference

​April 20 - 27, 2018  

Montréal, Canada

May 6 - May 11, 2017

Denver, CO

February 25 - March 1, 2017

Portland, OR

February 17, 2017

Philadelphia, PA

ACM GROUP 2016

November 13 - 17, 2016

Sanibel Island, FL

Invited Talk at Google

August 2, 2016

Mountain View, CA

Research internship at Yahoo!

July 11 - October 1, 2016

Sunnyvale, CA

June 26 - June 30, 2016

Pajaro Dunes, Watsonville, CA

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News

Serving on the Program Committee for CSCW 2020

I have been serving on the program committee for CSCW 2020 as an associate chair for papers. Excited to help form an amazing program for the conference. 

Invited mentor for CSCW 2020 doctoral consortium

I am excited to be serving as a mentor for the CSCW 2020 doctoral consortium. Attending DCs was a great privilege for me as a student, and I am excited to have the chance to pay it forward in this role. 

Mar 22, 2020

NSF Award

I am thrilled and honored to have received an award for my project "Towards Accounting for the Human in Emotion Recognition Technologies" from The National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Secure &Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Program. Super excited for this upcoming work and thankful for the support! 

Mar 17, 2020

Digital Studies Institute Grant

I am excited and grateful to have received a grant from University of Michigan's Digital Studies Institute, to support my work around privacy, ethics, emotions, and voice assistants! 

Mar 09, 2020

Paper accepted to ACM TOCHI Journal

I am very excited that my paper "Disclosure, Privacy, and Stigma on Social Media: Examining Non-Disclosure of Distressing Experiences" has been accepted to ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). The article is open access and available here.

Feb 01, 2020

Paper accepted to JMIR

I have a paper titled "Understanding Students’ Mental Wellbeing Challenges on a University Campus: An Interview Study" accepted to Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Formative Research. The paper is co-authored with Sun Young Park (lead), Yikai Zou, Sid Ambulkar, and Jina Huh-Yoo. Preprint to come soon! 

Dec 11, 2019

Paper accepted to CHI 2020

I have a paper titled "The Human in Emotion Recognition on Social Media: Attitudes, Outcomes, Risks" accepted to CHI 2020. The paper is co-authored with Master's student Justin Buss. Preprint here. Blog post to come! 

Jul 31, 2019

Paper accepted to CSCW 2019

I have a paper titled "“Giving a little ’ayyy, I feel ya’ to someone’s personal post”: Performing Support on Social Media" accepted to CSCW 2019. The paper is co-authored with Danielle Lottridge (lead author), Joy Kim, and Jofish Kaye. 

Jul 31, 2019

Student participated in the summer UROP Symposium at U-M!

Congratulations to my UROP undergraduate student, Madison Flood, who joined me to investigate Buddy Project's use, benefits, and drawbacks for young people and peer support.

Apr 24, 2019

Students participated in the UROP Symposium at U-M!

Congratulations to my UROP undergraduate students, Rocío Cuesta, Joyce Ho, and Annabelle Angus, who joined me to investigate how current technologies account for pregnancy loss. It has been a pleasure to see them grow as researchers.

Mar 15, 2019

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award for CHI 2019 Paper

I am thrilled that my paper "What Happens After Disclosing Stigmatized Experiences on Identified Social Media: Individual, Dyadic, and Social/Network Outcomes," has received a best paper honorable mention award at CHI 2019! Thanks to the CHI community for this recognition and encouragement. 

Feb 01, 2019

Short paper published in ASIS&T Proceedings

Jan 17, 2019

Accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at UMSI

I am beyond excited and delighted to have accepted an offer from University of Michigan School of Information to start as a (social media) tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2019. 

Dec 14, 2018

Faculty candidate job talk

I am delighted to have given a Social Media faculty candidate job talk at University of Michigan School of Information, titled "Self-Disclosures, Responses, and Social Support Exchange in Socially Stigmatized Contexts on Social Media.

Dec 10, 2018

Paper accepted for CHI 2019

I am super excited that my solo-authored paper titled "What Happens After Disclosing Stigmatized Experiences on Identified Social Media: Individual, Dyadic, and Social/Network Outcomes" was accepted to CHI 2019. Click here for camera ready!

Nov 28, 2018

Woskshop accepted for CHI 2019

I am delighted that a workshop I co-proposed to organize is accepted to the CHI 2019's workshop program. The workshop is titled "Sensitive Research, Practice and Design in HCI" with amazing co-organizers Stevie Chancellor, Lindsay Blackwell, David Nemer, and Wendy Moncur. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.sensitivehci.com/ 

Nov 28, 2018

New grant from University of Michigan's M-cubed program

I am super excited to have received a 15K grant from the M-Cubed program at U-M to lead a project I have been wanting to do in collaboration with Ashley Lacombe-Duncan of Social Work and Lee Roosevelt of Nursing. This project will examine how social technologies/social media might be leveraged and designed to include intersecting experiences and needs in relation to reproductive health of marginalized communities. More info to come soon. We will be hiring a student to contribute to this project! 

Oct 30, 2018

As part of my commitment to communicating research to the public in non-academic language, I wrote a piece for The Conversation  about some of my research on social media, sharing about difficult and stigmatizing life experiences, and social support. This piece focuses on my work related to pregnancy loss. 

Oct 15, 2018

Serving on the Program Committee for CHI 2019 Workshops and Symposiums

I am serving on the program committee for CHI 2019 as an associate chair for workshops and symposiums. Excited to help form an amazing workshop program for the conference. 

Aug 09, 2017

Blog post on CSCW 2018 paper

I wrote a blog post on one of my CSCW 2018 papers. Here's a link to it on the CSCW Medium page.

Aug 09, 2017

Paper accepted to CSCW 2018

My paper titled "Testing Waters, Sending Clues: Indirect Disclosures of Socially Stigmatized Experiences on Social Media," co-authored with Margaret Morris and Andrea Forte was accepted to CSCW 2018. I will write a blog post and upload a copy soon. 

Jul 01, 2018

Another paper accepted to ACM TOCHI Journal

I am very excited that my paper "Responding to Sensitive Disclosures on Social Media: A Decision Making Framework" co-authored by Andrea Forte has been accepted to ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). I will post a link when it's available and will present it at CHI 2019. Much appreciation to the review team and AE for their time and feedback. 

Jun 27, 2018

Paper accepted to ACM TOCHI Journal

I am thrilled that my paper "Social Support, Reciprocity, and Anonymity in Responses to Sexual Abuse Disclosures on Social Media" co-authored by Oliver Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, and Andrea Forte has been accepted to ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). I will post a link when it's available and will present it at CHI 2019. Much appreciation to the review team and AE for their time and feedback. 

May 01, 2018

Serving on the Program Committee for CHI 2019 papers

I am thrilled to be serving on the program committee for CHI 2019 as an associate chair for papers. I appreciate the opportunity to provide this service to my academic community. 

Apr 20, 2018

Joining University of Michigan

I am delighted to announce that I have decided to join University of Michigan's School of Information this fall as a Research Investigator/Research Fellow! Can't wait to start this next phase of my career at UMSI and be a part of its fantastic community. 

Apr 18, 2018

Defended my dissertation

I am excited to share that I successfully defended my dissertation "Self-Disclosure and Response Behaviors in Socially Stigmatized Contexts on Social Media" on April 18! Many thanks to the most amazing advisor (Andrea Forte), committee members (Elizabeth Churchill, Sarita Schoenebeck, Aleksandra Sarcevic, and Gabriela Marcu), mentors, family, friends, and participants. 

Feb 26, 2018

CHI 2018 paper press coverage

Here is some press coverage of upcoming CHI 2018 paper and part of my dissertation work: CNN, Romper, DrexelNow. Romper specifically covers women's health and motherhood.

Feb 21, 2018

Paper accepted to the CHI 2018 Symposium on Computing and Mental Health

A paper I co-authored with Blake Hawkins (lead author) and Oliver Haimson titled "It Gets Better, But it Takes More Than a YouTube Video: Reconsidering Online Mental Health Campaigns," was accepted to CHI 2018's Symposium on Computing and Mental Health. Looking forward to discussing computing and wellbeing in April! 

Feb 16, 2018

Late Breaking Work accepted to CHI 2018

I am thrilled that my paper titled "Not Alone: Designing for Self-Disclosure and Social Support Exchange After Pregnancy Loss," was accepted to CHI 2018's Late Breaking Work venue. I will present this design exploration (based on my dissertation work) in April 2018. Thanks to Tim Moesgen and Rebecca Mullin (undergraduate research/design assistants), and Gabi Marcu and Andrea Forte. 

Dec 12, 2017

Paper accepted to CHI 2018

I am thrilled that my paper titled "Announcing Pregnancy Loss on Facebook: A Decision-Making Framework for Stigmatized Disclosures on Identified Social Network Sites," was accepted to CHI 2018. I will present this work in April 2018. Thanks to my amazing co-author, Andrea Forte. This work would not have been possible without participants' trust and heartening support. 

Dec 01, 2017

Special Recognition for CHI 2018 Paper Review

Always thrilled to be recognized for high quality service work.

Oct 22, 2017

Paper accepted to ACM GROUP 2018

A paper I collaborated on with Andrea Forte, Tim Gorichanaz, Meen Chul Kim, Thomas Park, and Aaron Halfaker was accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (Group). The title of the paper is: Information Fortification: An Online Citation Behavior

Oct 01, 2017

Poster Accepted to WISH at AMIA

Jessica Pater of Georgia Institute of Technology, Tammy Toscos of Parkview Health, 

John Torous of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and I had a poster accepted to the  Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium to be held in Washington DC in November 2017. Our poster is titled: "Interactive Systems in Mental & Behavioral Health"

Oct 01, 2017

STAR Scholar Mentoring

In Summer 2017, I served as a STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholar mentor. This program allows first-year students to participate in research, scholarship, or creative work during the summer after their freshman year. STAR Scholars work on a project during the summer term and earn stipend. 

Aug 15, 2017

I am happy to have the opportunity to attend the GHC this October! 

Aug 10, 2017

Paper accepted to CSCW 2018

My paper titled "Multi-Channel Topic-Based Mobile Messaging in Romantic Relationships" co-authored with Frank Bentley and Katie Quehl was accepted to CSCW 2018. I did this work during my internship during the summer of 2016 and am excited to see it published at the first ever Proceedings of ACM: HCI! 

Jun 22, 2017

Invited talk for i3 at the University of Pittsburg

I gave an invited talk at the i3 (iSchool Inclusion Institute) program this year at the University of Pittsburg's iSchool. 

May 25, 2017

Invited talk

I was invited by Gabi Marcu to share my research on social media, well-being, and social support with the INFO 215 (social aspects of information systems) class. I got them to discuss this work and reflect on their own experiences, and set them up to write an essay which should be very interesting. It was really fun to see what students thought about this body of research and how they connected with it. 

May 19, 2017

The Outstanding Promise Award at university and college levels

I am extremely thrilled and honored to have been selected for the College of Computing and Informatics as well as the Drexel University Graduate College Award for Outstanding Promise

May 19, 2017

CHI 2017 paper press coverage

Here's an article Fast Company wrote about one of my CHI papers titled “If a person is emailing you, it just doesn't make sense”: Exploring Changing Consumer Behaviors in Email (co-authored with Frank Bentley and Nediyana Daskalova)

Apr 28, 2017

Paper accepted to the Journal of New Media & Society

I had a paper titled "Relationship breakup disclosures and media ideologies on Facebook" accepted to the Journal of New Media & Society, co-authored with Oliver Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, and Gillian Hayes. Link to the paper to come soon! 

Apr 20, 2017

Teaching a graduate HCI course

I am thrilled to be teaching the graduate level Human Computer Interaction (INFO-608) course at the College of Computing and Informatics this summer. 

Mar 09, 2017

CSCW 2017 paper press coverage