I am a Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture using interactive technologies and human-centred design approaches to work with neurodiverse populations. Based in the School of Art & Design, I bring a UX and media arts perspective to inclusive design and assistive technology. My teaching and research practices examine creative implementations of embodied and sensory interaction and the value of accessible technology in eliciting social engagement between people.
I lead the assistive technology research focus of the Creative Robotics Lab, where I have developed responsive sensory spaces for facilitating conversation between autistic children and their parents. I have also investigated methods of using social robots in therapeutic and educational contexts. Community-led and co-design is central to my teaching and research, and I regularly engage with external partners and institutions for both activities. Through my research, I led the inaugural Autism MeetUp event (UNSW Art & Design) and established the Neurodiversity + Embodiment group for researchers collaborating in interdisciplinary approaches to advocating for neurodiverse communities.