Research

How can we find data that gives answers? How do we deal with messy social data?  How can we account for bias? How can we take a lot of data and turn it into something useful? How do we understand complex systems and processes? 

Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods, I consult with firms on how they can use social science insights to solve their problems. 

 

 
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Women in Social VR Study  

We asked women who were comfortable with new technology to try out Social VR and conducted qualitative research as they navigated the platforms. The research results and white paper are insightful for industry experts who are looking to create engaging and comfortable online experiences for women. 

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Value of Instructor Training

Developed and researched the value of instructor training for volunteer instructors who provide workshops for the Software Carpentry Foundation. Resulted in a white paper with findings about the benefits and challenges of this community.  

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What I Wish I Had Known 

I asked eighty women who had left the academy to talk about what they wished they had known before they left. Download a free PDF of the report. 

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Portland State University

Analyzed and integrated data on student needs, academic outcomes and faculty needs for a design team that rebranded the Portland State University School of Business. 

 
Photo Credits: WOCinTech - 171, interestedbystandr -carpentry-python-5Hey Paul - PSU