Kathryn E. Ringland, PhD
Kathryn E. Ringland received her PhD in Informatics from the University of California Irvine. Kathryn was an ARCS Scholar and the recipient of the US Department of Education GAANN Fellowship. Her research interests include studying and designing technology for mental health using a sociotechnical approach. Her dissertation work explores how an online community for children with autism uses various social media, including the popular Minecraft game, to support socialization. She is interested in understanding how neurodiverse individuals leverage social media and other applications as assistive technology in their online and offline interactions. As a Postdoctoral Training Fellow at Northwestern University, Kathryn’s research involves designing tools for digital mental health; in particular, applications for assisting and supporting those with depression and anxiety.