I’m a deeply curious, energetic, and mission-driven user researcher and strategist with a background in both UX & Industrial Design. I have experience in all stages of product development: from identifying market opportunities, through the fuzzy outset of product definition, all the way down to the tiniest details of bringing a product to market. I thrive on solving complex and systematic problems. Much of my career has been dedicated to the healthcare space, which is full of these kinds of problems and is in deep need of a more human-centered approach. I have a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.S in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. In my free time I practice acroyoga, organize bookclubs, explore the Bay Area on my bicycle, and befriend neighborhood cats.
I believe that research is a team sport
My background in design enables me to seamlessly integrate research into the design process and partner with design to get the most out of participants. I get designers involved in research planning and I help come up with design solutions. I use co-creation activities to turn participants into design partners. I work closely with product managers, engineers, and medical teams to plan, execute, and synthesize research. I find that research as a team activity makes for richer findings as well as more impact throughout an organization.
I move things forward
I have a motivating and energizing influence on those around me. I love a good plan and my time management skills are out of this world. When a team is stuck, I push us forward by proposing a new activity, suggesting an agenda for when we reconvene, or initiating an impromptu dance party.