Hello world. I’m Stacy.
I research and design technologies
that empower people to feel safe and included
in their personal and interpersonal relationships.

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About

I am a Lecturer and Human-Centered Computing researcher in Information Systems at UMBC. I lead the INclusive Social IT (INSĪT, as in “insight”) Lab.

My research investigates how technologies mediate communication with ourselves (i.e., self-reflection) and our closest others-–friends, family, romantic partners. Primarily through qualitative, critical analysis of interviews and in situ observations, I expose how technologies presumed to be neutral are actually persuasive mediums for storytelling, identity-making, and empowerment. My goal is to support design of systems that can build empathy and bridge cultural divides, particularly regarding marginalized groups.

I have recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Amy Hurst, and before that completing a postdoc with Shaun Kane, as I explore how technologies mediate relationships between sighted and blind individuals. I earned my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech studying media spaces for intimate partner communication under mentorship of  Steve Harrison.

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News

CHI ’17 WiP accepted

My MS student, Morgan Scheuerman, just earned his first publication acceptance, a CHI 2017 work-in-progress paper titled “Learning the Language: The Importance of Studying Written Directions in Designing Navigational Technologies for the Blind.” So proud!

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Publications

Please see my CV (PDF) or Google Scholar profile for a full list of publications.


CONFERENCE PAPERS & NOTES

Branham, S.M., Abdolrahmani, A., Easley, W., Scheuerman, M., Ronquillo, E., Hurst, A. “‘Is Someone There? Do They Have a Gun?’: How Visual Information About Others Can Improve Personal Safety Management for Blind Individuals.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (ASSETS ’17), Baltimore, MD, October 30 – November 1, 2017. 10 pages. (acceptance rate: 26%) to appear

Abdolrahmani, A., Easley, W., Williams, M., Branham, S.M., Hurst, A. “Embracing Errors: Examining How Context of Use Impacts Blind Individuals’ Acceptance of Navigation Aid Errors.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). 10 pages. (acceptance rate: 25%)

Branham, S.M., Kane, S. “The Invisible Work of Accessibility: How Blind Employees Manage Accessibility in Mixed-Ability Workplaces.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (ASSETS ’15), Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015. 9 pages. (acceptance rate: 24%)

Branham, S.M., Kane, S. “Collaborative Accessibility: How Blind and Sighted Companions Co-Create Accessible Home Spaces.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), Seoul, Korea, April 18-23, 2015. 10 pages. (acceptance rate: 23%)

Buehler, E., Branham, S.M., Ali, A., Chang, J., Hofmann, M., Hurst, A., Kane, S. Sharing is Caring: Assistive Technology Designs on Thingiverse.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), Seoul, Korea, April 18-23, 2015. 10 pages.  (acceptance rate: 23%, Best Paper Award: top 1%

Branham, S.M., Harrison, S.H., Hirsch, T. “Expanding the design space for intimacy: supporting mutual reflection for local partners.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive  Systems (DIS ’12), Newcastle, UK, June 2012, 4 pages. (acceptance rate: 20%) (Best Paper Award).

Lee, J.S., Branham, S.M. Processlessness: staying open to interactional possibilities.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’12), Newcastle, UK, June 2012, 4 pages. (acceptance rate: 20%)

Carter, S., Adcock, J., Doherty, J., Branham, S.M. NudgeCam: toward targeted, higher-quality media capture.” In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Multimedia (MM ’10), Firenze, Italy, October 2010, 4 pages. (acceptance rate: 18%)

Wahid, S., Branham, S.M., McCrickard, D.S., Harrison, S. “Investigating the relationship between imagery and rationale in design.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’10), Aarhus, Denmark, August 2010, 10 pages. (acceptance rate: 15%)

Branham, S.M., Golovchinsky, G., Carter, S., Biehl, J. “Let’s go from the whiteboard: supporting transitions in work through whiteboard capture and reuse.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’10), Atlanta, Georgia, April 2010, 10 pages. (acceptance rate: 22%)

Wahid, S., Branham, S.M., McCrickard, D.S., Harrison, S. “Picking up artifacts: storyboarding as a gateway to reuse.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT ’09), Uppsala, Sweden, September 2009, 14 pages. (acceptance rate: 27%)

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Contact

 

Email sbranham@umbc.edu
Phone 410.455.8104
Office ITE 416
Mailing Department of Information Systems
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250