About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in the department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia studying the application of human factors and ergonomics to support human performance in healthcare. My particular research has focused on investigating the design of tactile displays to communicate physiological monitoring information to support multitasking performance of anesthesia providers. My broader research interests include investigating how tools, technology, and systems can be designed to support the performance of humans within the healthcare system.

In my career, I hope to collaborate with individuals with diverse expertise in order to address certain challenges in healthcare systems. It is important that human factors practitioners use their research to inform and influence changes in health policy in order for human factors to help transform healthcare. I believe it is important to engage students and young scientists in my research in order to train the next generation who will continue to solve human factors and systems challenges in healthcare. I am expected to graduate in August 2020 and I look forward to continuing my work applying human factors to address critical challenges in healthcare and ultimately improve patient safety, efficiency, and quality of care.

Perception and Performance
  • Understanding how individuals perceive information to better design technology to support human performance
Tactile Display Design​
  • Using the tactile channel to communicate information and alleviate data overload
  • Design and evaluation of tactile displays to support patient monitoring in anesthesia
  • Understanding natural mappings of tactile channel parameters to communicate information in an intuitive manner
  • Investigating factors which affect tactile perception  (e.g., tactile change blindness) 

Research Interests

Technology in Healthcare
  • Informing the design of technology to support human performance and patient safety
  • Applying human factors concepts to the design of displays and interfaces in healthcare
  • Electronic health record (EHR) usability