Feb. 2nd – Today we honor Andrea Grimes Parker as a Young Black Woman in Computing. Andrea Grimes Parker is a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Institute for Technology. Her research contributes to: Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work(CSCW), and Health Informatics.
Andrea is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Everyday Computing Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is working with Dr. Beth Mynatt and collaborating with Dr. Veda Johnson at Emory University School of Medicine. She received a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech in 2011, and my thesis advisor was Dr. Rebecca Grinter. Andrea also received a B.S. in Computer Science fromNortheastern University in April, 2005.
Her research contributes to the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Health Informatics. She designs and evaluates the impact of software tools that help people manage their health and wellness. Andrea’s research specifically examines ethnic and economic health disparities and the social context of health management. Taking an ecological approach to technology design, whereby she conducts in-depth fieldwork to examine the intrapersonal, social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence a person’s ability and desire to make healthy decisions–and how technology can support wellness in this context.
In her Ph.D. research she designed and evaluated 3 applications to address diet-related health disparities in low-income, predomiantly African American communities. In her postdoctoral research, She is studying the role that technology can play in reducing childhood obesity in low-income households. This research is being funded through a FACES Postdoctoral Fellowship and a grant from Emory University + Children’s Healthcare Pediatric Research Center.