A member of Associate Professor Beki Grinter's Work2Play Lab, Andrea's research involves studying aspects of human life to design technology that resonates with existing sociocultural landscapes. Much of her work has focused on designing technology to address diet-related health disparities in the African American population.
To this end, she studies how culture shapes health behaviors and attitudes, and how health technologies can account for this relationship. Her work has involved designing and evaluating a nutrition-oriented mobile game and community-based information sharing applications. Her other research includes examining the future of human-food interaction research in HCI and designing technologies to support family health.
Andrea earned her bachelor's in computer science from Northeastern University.
Some of Andrea's awards and honors include the following:
- Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2010
- Yahoo! Key Technical Challenge Grant, 2008