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My research interests focus on the implications that web accessibility and usability can have on business, technology, education, employment, public policy and societal inclusion. Some broader areas of my research interests include human computer interaction, e-commerce/web accessibility, user-centered design, mobile and social computing, and usable security. Some types of research I'm involved in include:

Accessibility and usability (UX) research that is designed to inform and provide data to businesses, institutions, developers, policymakers. Examples of this research include investigating conformance to standards related to interface design for people with disabilities (such as web sites, blog interfaces, email applications, and social networking interfaces), investigating the societal impact of inaccessible web sites and unequal accommodations, such as pricing discrimination and employment discrimination, and finding ways to increase employment opportunities through accessible technology.

Research involving the development and evaluation of new interface designs for use by a broader population of users than existing designs. Examples of this research include improved web-based calendaring for blind users, a web-based training app for a non-profit organization, and more accessible security features and human interaction proofs.

Service-learning projects that assist non-profit organizations, advocacy organizations or the local community. Examples of these projects include web site design, accessibility evaluations, and usability testing for non-profit organizations.

I try to help students understand computing and information systems principles through lectures, but I also try to use hands-on labs or assignments when appropriate. I also try to provide research opportunities for interested students. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in working on an applied research or service learning project, please review my research and publications pages, and set up a time to meet with me. Every semester I work with undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated and motivated towards expanding their learning opportunities beyond the classroom in a way that will have an impact on their education, their future career, and graduate school opportunities.