Academic Experience

intern : //

Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA (Summer 2012)
Collaborated with John Tang and Cathy Marshall to conduct a qualitative study of cloud based synchronization and sharing services.

Microsoft Research New England, Social Media Collective, Cambridge, MA (Spring 2012)
In collaboration with Kate Crawford and Mike Ananny, conducted an ethnographic study of technological departure focused on gay men who have left the location-based social media application Grindr.

Microsoft Research, VIBE Group, Redmond, WA (Summer 2011)
Collaborated with Gina Venolia and John Tang to conduct an ethnographic study of video communication in personal and professional context.

teach : //

Teaching Assistant, Social Implications of Information Systems (Fall 2010)
INF 161, University of California – Irvine
Student Evaluation: 8.38 avg (1=unsatisfactory; 9=excellent)

Taught by Dr. Paul Dourish. This upper-division course provides students intellectual tools for understanding the relationship between technology and society. Ran writing workshops and coordinating writing portions of the course, gave guest lecture on “Remembering and Forgetting”, and performed other duties as requested.

Teaching Assistant, Communication Theories and Frameworks (Fall 2008)
CCTP 752, Georgetown University
Taught by Dr. Jeanine Turner, this course provided a graduate level survey of theories from the field of Communication. Ran online coursework, taught lecture on computer mediated communication, and performed other duties as requested.

Technical Instructor, NetCom (2005-2006)
Topics Included: PHP, Zend, OO (Basic-Advanced), SOA, AJAX, XML, Web Analytics, Basic Web Programming
As a contracted instructor, I provided custom technical courses to various corporations. Designed and delivered coursework and student assessments.

Instructor, Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology (Spring 2004, Fall 2004)
PSYCH 3900, University of Utah
This course taught students about applied aspects of research process including coding and data analysis by providing applied research experience. Coordinated all aspects of this course, including lectures, research project, student assignments, grading. Supplemental course to Abnormal Psychology, taught by James Alexander, Ph.D.

Instructor, Service Learning in Abnormal Child Psychology (Fall 2003)
PSYCH 3904, University of Utah
The course provided students with first hand clinical experience in the area of Abnormal Child Psychology. Coordinated student placement in local clinical settings; conducted all course work including lectures, assignments, and grading. Supplemental course to Abnormal Child Psychology, taught by Kelly Pezel, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant, Counseling Sexual & Gender Minority Clients (Summer 2003)
ED PSYCH 6900, University of Utah
This course educated M.S.W. and M. Ed. Psych students about important theoretical and practical issues when counseling LGBT clients. Collaborated with Lee Beckstead, Ph.D. on curriculum and course development, met with students upon request and graded coursework. Taught lectures on Identity Development and Issues with LGBT Youth.

journal experience : //

New Media Editor, gnovis Journal (2009)
Peer Reviewer, gnovis Journal (2008-2011)

scholarships, honors, awards : //

  • ICS Fellowship, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California – Irvine
  • Full Tuition Scholarship, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University, 2007-2009
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Utah, 2004
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant, University of Utah. Awarded 8/27/2003 to Jed R. Brubaker, Undergraduate Principal Investigator
  • Eleanore & Lawrence Olsen College of Social and Behavioral Science Honor Roll Scholarship, University of Utah, 2003 – 2004
  • Dean’s List, University of Utah, 2001 – 2003
  • Senior Thesis Program (Psychology), University of Utah, 2003 – 2004
  • Psi Chi (Honors Society for Psychology), 2002
  • Transfer Honors at Entrance Scholarship, University of Utah, 2001 – 2003
  • Distinguished Graduate, Western Wyoming College, 2001
  • Dean’s List, Western Wyoming College, 2001
  • Civic Academic Grant, Western Wyoming College, 2000 – 2001
  • President’s List, Western Wyoming College, 1999 – 2000
  • Freshman Distinction in Dance, Western Wyoming College, 2000
  • Senior Scholarship, Western Wyoming College, 1999 – 2001
  • Ability Scholarship (Musical Theatre), Western Wyoming College, 1999 – 2001

undergraduate research experience: //

Era Project (Alexander Lab)
Principal Investigator, August 2002 – 2007
University of Utah, Department of Psychology
Proposed and conducted an original project under the advisement of James Alexander, Ph.D. Developed online multimedia application; data collection and management; supervised 4 research assistants and 15 coders; provided statistician with data reports and analysis. Project sponsored by the Functional Family Therapy Research Group, funded by a NIDA grant from the NIH.

Narrative Socialization in Young Gay Men
Principal Investigator, January 2003 – May 2004
University of Utah, Department of Psychology
Senior Thesis Project conducted under the advisement of Monisha Pasupathi, Ph.D. “Coming Out with Stories: Macrocontextual effects on the coming out stories of young gay men.” Conducted an empirical study including proposal, theoretical justification, IRB approval for research on human subjects, data collection, analysis and thesis.

Sexual Identity Development in Adult Women
Research Assistant, January 2003 – December 2003
University of Utah, Department of Psychology
Under direction of Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. assisted with longitudinal research of sexual identity. Duties: transcription and coding.

Functional Family Therapy Project
Research Assistant/Leader, May 2002 – December 2003
University of Utah, Department of Psychology
Under the direction of James Alexander, Ph.D., assisted with research on systemic therapies and techniques for court referred delinquent adolescents. Duties: coding system development, coding, coder training, computer programming and project management.

Service Project in Social Psychology
Student Researcher, August 2002 – May 2003
University of Utah, Department of Psychology
Collaboratively proposed and conducted an original project with fellow students under the supervision of Carol Sansone, Ph.D. Duties: hypothesis and testing methodology; survey development and conduction; data input and analysis using SPSS; written report and presentation for Crossroads Urban Center.

related : //

Group Assistant/Group Leader, Autism Social Skills Group
University Neuropsychiatry Institute (Salt Lake City, UT)
September, 2002 – May, 2005
Worked under the advisement of Dr. Judith Miller to organize and administer new therapeutic model for social skills based treatment for high functioning autistic and Asperser’s adolescents.

Group Leader, Young Gay Men’s Group
Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Youth Activity Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
January, 2004 – May, 2004
Coordinated with Center Director and Youth Leaders to facilitate youth organized activity/support group.

Student Advocate, Coalition of Religious Communities (Salt Lake City, UT)
2003 Legislative Session
Lobbied state legislative members of issues related to poverty and social justice. Major topics included food tax, food bank funding, and gay adoption.

Youth Services Director, Affirmation Youth Services
Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons (Salt Lake City, UT)
April, 2002 – May, 2004
Provided community resources, contacts, and sub-clinical support to LGBT Mormon youth.

Counselor, HIV Test Site
Utah AIDS Foundation (Salt Lake City, UT)
September, 2002 – May, 2003
Administered oral HIV tests, counseled individuals potentially at risk for contracting HIV, provided prevention education.

Volunteer, Choice Humanitarian
December, 2000: Esmeralda, Guatamala
December, 1999: Isla de Taquile, Peru
December, 1998: San Juan Tamascatillo, Mexico
Member of humanitarian expedition teams working on village construction projects, education, and medical aid.