I am doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) with an expected completion date in Summer 2014. I have an MSc degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from Georgia Tech and a BFA from the University of Colorado. My doctoral research has focused on increasing our understanding of the elements of user experience that relate to touch and movement-based interaction. My most recent investigation explores the use of expressive movement as an alternative to emblematic gestures for interaction with computational devices. I am particularly interested in better understanding the connection between movement and embodied cognition, and am exploring this through the development of an image gallery application that allows users to tag photos with movement instead of text. This application will act as an instrument to investigate the role that movement plays in memory recall and emotional awareness, as well as provide insight into how people use expressive movement to categorize image features. My professional experience includes work in usability and user experience (UX) design at companies including the Eastman Kodak Co., and Samsung Information Systems. I am currently seeking a position at a business where I can continue to augment my skills in UX design, interaction design, and user research while doing cutting edge work that brings recognition to the brand.