A list of current and previous research projects. Please email for more information or copies of publications.

Current Projects

Disruption, Technology and Time: Supporting Response to the Maternal Mortality Crisis: The rate at which people die in childbirth related circumstances has increased in the US in the past 10 years, even as this rate has gone down in other similar countries. How can information and communication technologies be used more effectively to bring together formal and informal response activities to this systemic public health problem?

Stigma in Supportive Online Spaces: Much of the socialization for the LGBTQ+ population has begun to include online components. How might the social and technical aspects of these online spaces impact the experiences of an already marginalized group within the LGTBQ+ community? Funded by a Sexualities Project at Northwestern Grant, Summer 2018.

Previous Projects

LGBTQ+ Cross-Platform Presentation: We live in multi-platform environments where people often use not just one, but many different social media as part of their online lives. How do LGBTQ+ people navigate their self-presentation across these different spaces? Funded by as Sexualities Project at Northwestern Grant, Summer 2017.

DeVito, M.A., Walker, A.M., and Birnholtz, J. (2018). “Too Gay for Facebook”: Presenting LGBTQ+ Identity Throughout the Personal Social Media Ecosystem. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 2, CSCW, Article 44 (November 2018). ACM, New York, NY. 23 pages. [link]

Communication Technology as Infrastructure: Communication technologies are integral to coordination and collaboration, particularly in hospitals. How can necessary changes to these technologies be implemented with least disruption to workflows?

O’Leary, K., Liebovitz, D., Wu, R., Ravi, K., Knoten, C., Sun, M., Walker, A., and Reddy, M. (Accepted). Hospital-based Clinicians’ Use of Technology for Patient-Care Related Communication: A National Survey. Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Walker, A.M., Reddy, M., and O'Leary, K. (Submitted). Moving Beyond Pagers: Clinicians’ Perspective on Smartphone Use in Hospitals. Applied Clinical Informatics.

Privacy Skills: Learning how to protect your privacy online is a complex set of overlapping social and technical skills. Where and how do people actually learn these skills? 

Content Creation and Privacy Concerns: The barriers to create and share content online have been lowered by increased access to information and communication technologies. However, the distribution of who contributes and how remains unequal. Are privacy concerns around having personal information stolen online a potential factor to help explain this unequal distribution?