My research uses interdisciplinary methods to improve the design and implementation of educational technology, and then to understand when and why it is effective.
I am currently a Computing Innovations Fellow at Arizona State University with Win Burleson. I am investigating how adaptive support technology influences interaction and learning using teachable robotic agents. In January, I will be joining ASU as an Assistant Professor in CIDSE.
Previously, I collaborated with Amy Ogan and Ryan Baker on a cross-cultural research project (Technology Across Contexts). We deployed intelligent tutoring systems in several different countries, and used qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate their effects.
I did my PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in Human-Computer Interaction. Working with my advisors Ken Koedinger and Nikol Rummel, we built the Adaptive Peer Tutoring Assistant (APTA), an intelligent tutor that improves the quality of student peer tutoring, and peer tutor learning.
I have worked on several other projects, including an architecture for integrating collaboration and intelligent tutoring, a tutor to support cultural discussion, and an educational game for french verb tenses.
In my spare time, I love to travel. I fence (sabre), am learning about acroyoga, and occasionally pretend I can rollerblade. I enjoy all forms of dancing, but salsa in particular.