I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University, supervised by Dr. Chirag Shah. I am a member of the InfoSeeking Lab at SC&I. My research interests lie at the intersection of human information behavior, interactive information retrieval, and human-computer interaction. Broadly, I focus on task-based information seeking, particularly in everyday and health contexts. Using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods such as lab/remote search experiments, semi-structured interviews, online diary, and questionnaires, I examine the barriers individuals face in information seeking and the support they could use to overcome their barriers. I seek to improve their information seeking outcomes and satisfaction in the context of their tasks, resources, and social environments.
My dissertation research examines the effects of study settings (laboratory vs. field) and tasks (authentic vs. simulated) on individuals’ Web searching and browsing behaviors. This research will shed light on how the methods we choose to study task-based information seeking affect participants’ seeking and participation behaviors. My committee members include Dr. Nicholas Belkin, Dr. Kaitlin Costello, Dr. Diane Kelly, and Dr. Chirag Shah (chair).