I’m a researcher whose ears and heart design healthful solutions.
I don’t fancy the singular title as a UX researcher, an applied anthropologist, or a public health practitioner. Rather, I’m an interdisciplinary researcher of people and their experiences.
My formal training gives me a “one-two punch” in revealing the cultural nuances and unique health needs of a community.
I keep things people-centric.
My goal is to make something that is comprehendible and adhering to improve one’s quality of life via community programming or technology.
Mixed methodology is my dogma. Each step, whether quantitative or qualitative, has a strategic purpose that addresses the project’s goals. It critically shapes how and why I design and test. I utilize different assets across disciplines such as the public health, social sciences, and design.
My work is ultimately for and with people, not just ones with the “user” label. Whether with research participants or group members, I connect by listening first then integrating insights into meaningful, human-centered experiences.
A good researcher knows when to focus then distance oneself interchangeably. Reflection allows me to be aware of my biases when studying other people’s behaviors and attitudes. Reflexivity can avoid overgeneralizations that may harm people or stymie future projects.
Sketching, User flows, Storyboards, Site maps, Contextual inquiry, Competitive & Comparative analysis, User research, Persona writing, Use cases, Card sorts, Affinity diagrams, Information architecture, Wireframing, Prototyping, Usability testing, Iterative design, Mobile & web experience
Recruiting, Survey designing, Literature review, Interviewing, Focus group, Participant observation, Community-based participatory research, Rapid ethnographic assessment,Transcribing, Open coding, Axial coding, Intermediate statistical analysis, Quantitative data cleaning
Spanish, Product Management, Oral presentations, Slideshow presentation designing, Academic poster designing, Technical writing, Coffee/Tea brewing
MAXQDA, Sketch, Balsamiq, POP, InVision, Axure, Atlast.ti, R, SPSS, SAS, STATA, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Skype
Hackathon: Virtual PHQ-9
As a competition, design design a mobile-health app that is practical & realistic
Redesign a mobile service that would increase public
Design an eCommerce
website for a business desiring a digital presence
UX Designer, Researcher
Identify barriers that prevent students from accessing food services
Society for Applied Anthropology
September 2014 - Present
Instructional Assistant for
UNT Anthropology Department
Culture & Society,
World Cultures through Film
August 2014 - July 2015
May 2012 - May 2014
Study Abroad in the Dominican
January 2013 - May 2013
UNT Health Science Center
Master of Public Health Candidate
(Behavioral & Community Health)
August 2014 - Present
University of North Texas
Master of Science Candidate
(Applied Medical Anthropology)
August 2014 - Present
User Experience Design Immersive
June 2015 - August 2015
Bachelor of Science (Biology, Sociology)
Bachelor of Arts (Medical Anthropology)
August 2010 - May 2014
Magna Cum Laude
President's Honor Roll for Service
Pathologies of Power inspires me to:
ask unapologetically "Why?"
Pandemic inspires me to:
coordinate under pressure
Coffee Brewing inspires me to:
explore the senses,
tinker with instruments