S. Camille Peres
Assistant Professor, peres@tamu.edu
EOH Department, School of Public Health
104 SPH Administration Building
College Station, Texas 77843-1266

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Education

Rice University

Ph.D. May, 2005 - Psychology
Dissertation: Software Use in the Workplace: A Study of Efficiency <pdf>
Advisor David Lane. Committee members: Michael Byrne, H. Al Napier, and Christopher Kelty

M.A. June, 2004 - Psychology
Thesis: Dimensions of Sound in Auditory Displays: The Effects of Redundant Dimensions <pdf>
Advisor David Lane. Committee members: James Pomerantz and Michael Byrne

University of Houston-Clear Lake

M.A. December, 1996
Psychology - Behavior Science

M.A. May, 1990
Theatre Arts

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Environmental & Occupational Health, 2013-current

Associate Professor, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Psychology, 2012-2013

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Psychology, 2005-2012

Summer Research Faculty, Naval Research Lab, Washington, D.C. 2011 & 2012

Instructor:
    Rice University, Psychology, 2009-current

Adjunct Professor:
 
   University of St. Thomas, Psychology, Spring 2004
    University of Houston-Clear Lake, Psychology, 1999-2001
    College of the Mainland, Psychology, 1996-1997

Honors/Awards

Rice University Adjunct Faculty Appointment, 2007 - current

Laughery Award for the best Master's Thesis in Psychology - 2005

Member of the 2004 Graduate Delegation for incoming President of Rice University

Psi Chi - Psychology Honor Society

University of Houston-Clear Lake Human Science's Graduate Student of the Year - Spring 1996

Grants

ATR Smart Procedures TM “Improving Procedure Development Through Usability Testing” PI (2014), $142,300

Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, “Systems Analysis of Ambulatory Remote Monitoring- CV Pilot” Co PI, (2014). $10,000

“Advanced Procedure Research Study – A Human Factors Approach” Co PI, (2014). Phase 1: $75,000

Office Ergonomics Research Council. “User Interface Biomechanics: Does the Interaction Design of the User Interface Impact Ergonomic Risk Factors?” Co PI, January, 2014. $28,182

Faculty Research Support Fund at the University of Houston-Clear Lake “Ergonomic Impact of Swype.” Co-PI, March, 2012; $4,000

Faculty Research Support Fund at the University of Houston-Clear Lake “Sonification Techniques for sEMG Data Interpretation and Utilization.” Co-PI, March, 2012; $2,000

Office Ergonomics Research Council. “The Ergonomic Implications of Gesturing: Examining Single and Mixed Use with Appropriate Placement”. PI, 2010. $10,930

National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education grants. "Collaborative Research: Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study II." PI, 2009. $126,043

Schlumberger Information Systems, “Software Ergonomics Assessment Tools-Continuation of Work” PI, December 2008, $100,000

Schlumberger “Software Ergonomics Assessment Tools ” Co-PI, January, 2008; $66,651.00

National Science Foundation Small Grant for Exploratory Research (SGER) “Efficient Strategy Selection—Predictors and Cognitive Mechanisms” PI, May 1, 2006; $51,869.00

Faculty Research Support Fund at the University of Houston-Clear Lake “Evaluation of Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study.” PI, November, 2005; $4,500

National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education grants DUE 9751307 and DUE 0089435. "Online Statistics: A Multimedia Course of Study" Co-PI, June, 2005; $14,000.

Underwood, D. G., Peres, S. C., & Perales, B. (2000) Effects of Computer Animation Software on Learning Synaptic Transmission Processes. Evaluation grant funded by the Faculty Research Support Funds at the University of Houston-Clear Lake

Journal Publications/Book Chapters

Kortum, P. & Peres, S. C. (in press). The relationship between system effectiveness and subjective usability scores using the System Usability Scale. IJHCI: International Journal of Human Computer Interaction

Tamborello II, F.P., Peres, S.C., Fleetwood, M.D., & Nguyen, V. (2013) Peer-Mediation of the Adoption of Efficient Software Interaction Methods: A Model Based on Priming, Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2595-2602.

Peres, S. C. (2012) A Comparison of Sound Dimensions for Auditory Graphs: Pitch is Not So Perfect. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society: Special issue “Auditory Displays”Volume 60 Issue 7/8 pp. 561-567; July 2012

McLellan, S., Muddimer, A., & Peres, S. C. (2012) The Effect of Experience on System Usability Scale Ratings. Journal of Usability Studies, 7(2) pp 56-67.

Kortum, P., Peres, S. C., & Stallmann, K. (2011) Extensible Auditory Progress Bar Design: Performance and Aesthetics. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 27(9), 864-884.

Peres, S. C., Best, V., Brock, D., Shinn-Cunningham, B., Frauenberger, C., Hermann, T., Neuhoff, J., Nickerson, L., & Stockman, T. (2008). Auditory Displays. In P. Kortum (Ed.), HCI Beyond the GUI: The Human Factors of Non-traditional Interfaces: Morgan Kaufman. pp. 147-196

Lane, D. M., Peres, S. C., Sándor, A., & Napier, H. A. (2005). A process for anticipating and executing icon selection in graphical user interfaces. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 19 (2), pp. 241-252. <pdf>

Lane, D. M., Napier, H.A., Peres, S. C., & Sándor, A. (2005). The Hidden Costs of Graphical User Interfaces: Users' Failures to Make the Transition from Menus and Icon Tool Bars to Keyboard Shortcuts. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 18 (2), pp. 133-144. <pdf>

Lane, D. M., Sándor, A., & Peres, S. C. (2004) Sonification. In W. S. Bainbridge (Ed.), Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 669-672). Great Barrington, MA.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

Holye, W.S., Bartha, M., Harper, C., & Peres, S. C. (2013) The Effect of Physical Key Characteristics on Typing Productivity and User Preference, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Peres, S. C., Phillips, Jr., R., & Pham, T. (2013) Validation Of The System Usability Scale (SUS): SUS In The Wild, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Duffield, T.J., Peres, S.C. & Amonette, W.E. (2013) Standard Deviation of sEMG: Measuring the dynamicity of muscle activity, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

David, T., Harper, C., & Peres, S. C. (2013) How Well Do People Rate Their Performance with Different Cursor Settings?, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Ritchey, P. & Peres, S. C., (2012) Differences in Muscle Activity for Four Touch Devices. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, pp. 1594-1598, Boston, MA USA.

Bruton, K., Peres, S. C., Hoyle, W. S., Ritchey, P., Phillips, P., Guitterez & Amos, A. (2012) Usability of an Interactive Educational Website for Statistics. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting,pp 1827-1831, Boston, MA USA.

Bartha, M., Peres, S. C., Harper, C., Holden, K., Meingast, M., Muddimer, A., & Smith, D. (2012) Incorporating industry goals into academic programs: A case study of a successful effort. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting,pp. 571-575, Boston, MA USA.

Toy, K., Peres, S. C., Nery, A., (2012) Examining User Preference in Interacting with Touchscreen Devices. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting,pp. 1862-1866, Boston, MA USA.

Garcia, A., Peres, S. C., Ritchey, P., Kortum, P.K. & Stallman, K. (2012) Auditory Progress Bars: The effects of Feedback, Endpoint and Free Response on Estimations of Time Remaining. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, pp. 1674-1678, Boston, MA USA.

Brock, D., Peres, S.C., and McClimens, B (2012). Evaluating Listeners’ Attention To And Comprehension Of Serially Interleaved, Rate-Accelerated Speech. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Auditory Displays, pp. 172-179, Atlanta, GA, USA

Tossell, C., Jardina, J. R, Kortum, P. T., Peres, S. C., Shepard, C. W., Rahmati, A., & Zhong, L. (2011) Effects of socioeconomic diversity on iPod Touch use in real-world environments. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting,pp. 1293-1297, Las Vegas, NV USA.

Burks, R. & Peres, S. C. (2011). Procedure Classification: Putting Campbell’s Objective Complexity Framework to Work for a Petrochemical Company. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting,pp., 1472-1475, Las Vegas, NV USA.

Garcia, A., Ritchey, P., Peres, S. C., Kortum, P. T., Nalavade, T., & Stallmann, K. (2011). Auditory Progress Bars: The Effects of Prospective Measurements and Training. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting,pp. 1338-1341, Las Vegas, NV USA.

Peres, S. C., Kortum, P., Muddimer, A., Akladios, M., & Napit, S. (2011). Ergonomics, software and geophysical interpretation. In Proceedings of the Society for Exploration Geoscientists.

Elouri, Y., Akladios, M., Peres, S.C., and Amos, A. (2010) Effects of Font Size on Muscle Activity. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting,pp. 1105-1109, San Francisco, USA.

Kortum, P., Peres, S.C., & Stallmann, K. (2010) Mental Workload Measures of Auditory Stimuli Heard During Periods of Waiting. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting, pp. 1689-1693, San Francisco, USA.

Ritchey, P., Muse, L., Nguyen, H., Burks, R., and Peres, S.C. (2010). Effective Design of Auditory Displays: Comparing Various Octave Ranges of Pitch and Panning. Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference on Auditory Displays, Washington, D.C., USA.

Peres, S.C., Lane, D.M., & Griggs, K.R. (2010). Using Simulations for Active Learning: The Query First Method in Practice. 8th International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics,8.

Wood, S.B., Peres, S.C., Akladios, M., Kortum, P., and Muddimer, A. (2009). Ergonomics, Software and Geophysical Interpretation Proceedings International Petroleum Technology Conference held in Doha, Qatar, 7–9 December 2009.

Powell, C, Peres, S. C., Nguyen, V., Bruton, K., & Muse, L. (2009) Using the Keyboard to Issue Commands: The Relation of Observing Others Using Efficient Techniques on the Weightings of the Costs and Benefits. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

Jardina, J., Peres, S. C., Nguyen, V., Megasari, A., Griggs, K., Pinales, R. & Amos, A. (2009) Keyboard Shortcut Users: They Are Faster at More Than Just Typing Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

Peres, S.C., Nguyen, V., Kortum, P., Akladios, M., Wood, S.B., & Muddimer, A. (2009) Software Ergonomics: Relating Subjective and Objective Measures, Proceedings of SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boston, MA USA, ACM Press.

Stallman, K. Peres, S.C., & Kortum, P. (2008) Auditory Stimulus Design: Musically Informed. Proceedings of the 14th annual international conference on auditory displays, Paris, France

Kortum, P., Ling, A., Su, A., Peres, S.C., & Stallman, K (2008). Subjective Workload Assessment for On-Hold Telephone Stimuli. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52st Annual Meeting, New York, USA.

Black, D., Peres, S. C., Tamborello II, F. P., & Amos, A. (2008). Computer Based Training with a Twist: Leveraging Peer to Peer Learning to Improve Training Effectiveness. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52st Annual Meeting, New York, USA.

Kortum, P., & Peres, S. C. (2007). A Survey of Secondary Activities of Telephone Callers Who are Put on Hold. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting, 51, 1153-1157.

Peres, S.C., Kortum, P., & Stallman, K. (2007). Auditory progress bars preference, performance, and aesthetics. Proceedings of the 13th annual international conference on auditory displays, Montreal, Canada, 391-395

Tamborello II, F. P., Peres, S. C., & Fleetwood, M. D. (2006). A peer mediated leap to efficiency: A theory of cost-benefit analysis in the selection of efficient strategies. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, 50, 349-353 <pdf>

Kortum, P., & Peres, S. C. (2006). An exploration of the use of complete songs as auditory progress bars. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, 50, 2071-2075. <pdf>

Lane, D. M. & Peres, S. C. (2006). Interactive simulations in the teaching of statistics: Promise and pitfalls. 7th International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics, 7. <pdf>

Peres, S. C., & Lane, D. M. (2005) Auditory Graphs: The effects of redundant dimensions and divided attention, Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Auditory Displays. Limerick, Ireland.<pdf>

Peres, S. C., Fleetwood, M. D., Tamborello II, F. P., Yang, M., & Paige-Smith, D. L. (2005). Pros, cons, and changing behavior: An application in using the keyboard to issue commands. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 49th Annual Meeting, 49, 637-641.<pdf>

Kortum, P., Peres, S. C., Knott, B., & Bushey, R. (2005). The effect of auditory progress bars on consumer's estimation of telephone wait time Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 49th Annual Meeting, 49, 628-632. <pdf>

Peres, S. C., Tamborello, F. P., II, Fleetwood, M. D., Chung, P., & Paige-Smith, D. L. (2004). Keyboard shortcut usage: The roles of social factors and computer experience. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, 48, 803-807. <pdf>

Peres, S. C., & Lane, D. M. (2003) Sonification of Statistical Graphs. In E. Brazil & B. Shinn-Cunningham (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on Auditory Displays. Boston, MA: Boston University Publications Production Department. <pdf>

Manuscripts in preparation/under review

Peres, S. C., Kortum, P. K., Muddimer, A., & Akladios, M. (In revision) Developing and Validating a Self-Report Assessment Tool for Software Ergonomics.

Kortum, P., & Peres, S. C. (submitted). The relationship between system effectiveness and subjective usability scores using the System Usability Scale

Peres, S. C. (submitted). A sEMG Measure Combining Muscle Exertion and Static Load: An Approach for Understanding Software Biomechanics

Conference Presentations/Posters/Panels/

Peres, S. C. (2014) Measure of muscle stress with sEMG: Combining exertion and dynamicity. Presentation at the 2014 Southwest Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, College Station, TX USA.

Ritchey, P., Peres, S. C., & Mehta, R. (2014) User interface biomechanics: Does the interaction design of the user interface impact ergonomic risk factors? Poster at the 2014 Southwest Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, College Station, TX USA.

Kelling, N., Bedwell, W., Corso, G.M., Cuevas, H.M., Keebler, J.R., Peres, S.C., & Walker, B.N. (accepted) Life, the Universe, and Academia: Success in Early Career Academia, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Peres, S. C., Ritchey, P., & Toy, K. (2012) Touch Devices: Ergonomic Implications and Posture. Presentation at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Baccinelli, S., Kemp, K., Manning, C., & Peres, S. C. (2012) Delivery method of information regarding chair ergonomics: Keep it simple! Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Bruton, K. E., & Peres, S. C. (2012) The Effect of Dyadic Learning on Attitude toward Statistics. Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Duffield, T. J., Phillips, R. G., & Peres, S. C. (2012) sEMG Standard Deviation as a Measure of Muscle Dynamics. Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Garcia, A. & Peres, S. C. (2012) Auditory Cueing with Normal and Accelerated Speech. Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Nery, A. & Peres, S. C. (2012) Usability and Design of the UHCL Applied Social Issues Website. Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Ritchey, P. & Peres, S. C. (2012) Effects of Transitions between Accelerated Speech and Normal Speech. Poster at the 2012 Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Peres, S. C., Kortum, P. T., Muddimer, A. & Akladios, M., (2011) Software Ergonomics. Presentation at the 2011 Texas Regional Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Hoyle, S., Peres, S. C., & Bruton, K. (2011) Usability Testing of an Interactive Statistics Website. Poster presented at the 2011 Texas Regional Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium, Houston, TX USA.

Griggs, K., Jardina, J. R. & Peres, S. C. (2010) Redesign of an Interactive Statistics Website, Poster presented at the 7th Annual One-Day Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Houston

Bruton, K., Hoyle, W. S., Nguyen, J., and Peres, S. C. (2010) Effects of Anthropomorphism on Performance in Robotic Operation, Poster presented at the 7th Annual One-Day Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Houston

Griggs, K., Bogus, S., Westmoreland, D., & Peres, S.C. (2009) Alarms: Discrete sounds vs. sonifications. Poster presented at the Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics One-Day symposium, Houston, TX.

Hayes, P. K., Jardina, J., Aldridge, G. & Peres, S.C. (2009) Eyeblink as a measure of workload for auditory displays. Poster presented at the Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics One-Day symposium, Houston, TX.

Nguyen, V., Megasari, A., Amos, A., Romine, A., Peres, S. C., Akladios, M., Kortum, P., & Ziegler, C. (2008) Software Ergonomics Assessment Using Subjective and Objective Tools: A Literature Review. Poster presented at the Texas Regional Human Factors and Ergonomics One-Day conference, Austin, TX.

Peres, S. C., Nguyen, V., Alexander, M., & Dutt, S. (May, 2007). Efficiency with Microsoft Word: Validating Self-report data. Poster presented at the Houston Human Factors and Ergonomics One-Day conference, Houston, TX.

Lane, D. M., & (November, 2006). Interactive simulations in the teaching of statistics: Promise and pitfalls. Presentation at the Southwest Teaching of Psychology Conference, Houston, Texas

Marchesini, M., Sanders, B. & Peres, S. C. (November, 2006) Evaluation of Multimedia Methods of Statistics Instruction, Poster presented at the Southwest Teaching of Psychology Conference, Houston, Texas, Faculty Sponsor.

Peres, S. C. & Byrne, M. D. (July 2005) The interactive behavior triad and auditory graphs: suggestions for an organizing framework. International Conference on Auditory Displays--Auditory Graph Symposium  (website)

Peres, S. C., & Lane, D. M. (November 2004) Dimensions of Sound in Auditory Displays: the Effects of Integral Dimensions. Poster presented at the Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Peres, S. C., & Lane, D. M. (November 2004). Online Statistics: A Multimedia Course of Study. Poster presented at the Southwest Teaching of Psychology Conference. Seguin, TX.

Peres, S. C., & Lane, D. M. (November 2003) Pitch, Loudness & Temporal Dimensions of Sound in Auditory Displays: the Effects of Redundant Designs Paper presented at the Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Perales, B., Peres, S. C., & Malin, D. (November 2002) Effects of Computer Animation Software on Learning Synaptic Transmission Processes. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, FL.

Peres, S. C., & Shelley, K. (June 1996) The Effects of Creative Activities on Affect. Poster presented at the American Psychological Society National Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Research Interests

Cognitive mechanisms associated with the acquisition of new strategies; Ergonomic impacts of non-traditional office software and input mechanisms; Science of design associated with auditory displays; Use of computer simulations and multimedia for the teaching of statistics.

Research Projects

Ergonomic Impacts of Touch Devices—The number of products with touch screen capabilities has increased dramatically over the past few years. However, there is little research on the ergonomic implications of these devices. To explore the possible benefits and risks of using touch devices, we are collecting subjective and objective measures of strain from participants who used one of four different touch devices.

Software Ergonomics Assessment Tools—This project is designed to investigate people’s ability to report the amount of strain associated with issuing different software command. If people are reasonably accurate with their self-report measures of strain, then it would become possible for software to be evaluated regarding not only its usability (i.e., how easy it is to learn and use the software) but also on the amount of muscle strain induced by using the software.

Efficient Strategy Selection—Research investigating the cognitive mechanisms associated with the acquisition and utilization of efficient strategies for using software, specifically, the selection rules people use and what influences these rules. I initiated the development of an interdisciplinary group and we are developing a theory regarding how the contextual cue of watching others use a procedure increases the base activation level of the procedure to a sufficient level that it will be selected in the future. We propose that the relevant components of the contextual cues can be identified and manipulated and that strong contextual cues include those that influence the cost/benefit analysis and provide task relevance.

Auditory Displays—Research investigating how auditory displays can be designed for optimal performance and satisfaction, both at the most basic level (e.g. how dimensions of sound used in auditory displays impact user's performances) and at more complex levels (can the utilization of principles of composition in the design of auditory displays improve performance/satisfaction). Further, I am interested in the appropriate training paradigms for these alternative displays.

Interactive Simulations for the Teaching of Statistics: Research on the impacts of using simulations for teaching statistics in a traditional classroom environment. This work is investigating how using simulations for teaching impacts students’ performance and motivation and whether these effects differ based on intellectual capacity. In particular, the project utilizes the online textbook Online Statistics Education, a Multimedia Course of Study (http://onlinestatbook.com) that incorporates this learning tool in the presentation of statistical concepts.

Teaching Interests

Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors, Human Computer Interaction, Training, and Introduction to Psychology

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate - Cognitive Psychology, Inferential Statistics, Research Design and Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and Lifespan

Graduate - Research Design and Statistics

Professional Service

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
   Reviewer, 2007 - current; Division Chair, 2009 - current; Member, 2003-current

Houston Chapter HFES
   President, 2006, 2009, 2013; Board member, 2003 - current

International Conference on Auditory Displays
   Reviewer, 2006-current; Board member, 2011-current; Member, 2003-current

National Science Foundation
   Grant review panel member, September 2005

University Service

Professional Administrative Staff Association (PASA) representative on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Self-study Subcommittee on Students.

Scholarship Review Committee for the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Summer 1999, 2000.

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD)

Association for Community Special Interest Group-Computer Human Interaction (ACM SIG-CHI)

The World of Work, Inc.

Professional Experience

July 2004 Conducted needs analysis for Rice University's Human Resources website

2003 Intern Usability Engineer: Online Marketing Group - Reliant Energy
Conducted heuristic review of online business journal; developed page design requirements and visual layout for a website providing forms and information to homebuilders; analyzed brand lift data from usability study on Reliant.com's residential website

1999 - 2001 Research Associate: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Identified and developed institutional research projects; coordinated the collection and analysis of data, also interpreted results and prepared reports; wrote statistical programs to analyze data; developed, administered and analyzed institutional surveys.

1998 - 1999 Projects Coordinator: Department of Psychology Center for Academic and Reading Skills, University of Houston (CARS-UH, now named TIMES-UH)
Research center involved in conducting large longitudinal studies on reading curriculum development.

1998 - 1999 Project Manager: Department of Psychology, University of Houston: Project C.A.R.E.
Program evaluation of the Harris County SheriffÕs Department, ÒNew ChoicesÓ Substance abuse treatment program in the Harris County Jail. Project was funded by the National Institute of Justice:

1996 Project Manager: Department of Psychology, University of Houston: Psychiatric Severity and the Stages of Change. A project funded by National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism designed to examine the profiles of individuals with co-morbid alcohol abuse (or dependence) and mental illness with the Transtheoretical Model of Change.

1996 - 1997 Research Assistant: Department of Psychology, University of Houston: Project Check-In
Program evaluation of the Substance Abuse Felony Treatment Facility for special needs offenders at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Estelle Unit, Huntsville, Texas. Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Gateway Foundation.

1995 Student Research Assistant: Human Psychophysiology Laboratory: University of Houston-Clear Lake
Laboratory in which the physiological effects of stressors were measured under different conditions.

1993 - 1994 Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant: Transitional Learning Community
Community Re-Entry Program for individuals with traumatic head injuries.

1992 - 1993 Job Coach: Transitional Learning Community
Community Re-Entry Program for individuals with traumatic head injuries.