Hi there. I’m Stacy.
I research and design technologies that help people
reconnect with themselves and their loved ones.

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About

I am a Lecturer and Human-Centered Computing researcher in Information Systems at UMBC. I lead the INtimate 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.

I recently completed a postdoc with Shaun Kane at UMBC exploring how technologies mediate relationships between sighted and blind individuals. I earned my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech under mentorship of  Steve Harrison.

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Publications

 

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


SPECIAL ISSUES, WORKSHOPS & PANELS ORGANIZED

Waycott, J., Munteanu, C., Davis. H., Thieme, A., Moncur, W., McNaney, R., Vines, J., Branham, S.M. “Ethical Encounters in Human-Computer Interaction.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16), San Jose, CA, May 7-12, 2016. 8 pages.

Nathan, L., Thieme, A., Tatar, D., Branham, S.M. eds. Special Issue: “Co-constructing Meaning: Ethics Matter(s) in Design Research.”  Interacting with Computers. Oxford Journals, due out late 2015. (5-year impact factor: 1.365)

Waycott, J., Davis, H., Thieme, A., Branham, S.M., Vines, J., Munteanu, C. “Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research in Sensitive Settings.” In Extended Abstracts, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), Seoul, Korea, April 18-23, 2015.

Branham, S.M., Harrison, S., Tatar, D., Nathan, L., Olivier, P, Thieme, A. “Co-creating and Identity-Making in CSCW: Revisiting Ethics in Design Research.” In Extended Abstracts, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’14), Baltimore, MD, February 15-19, 2014.

Branham, S.M., Vega, L.C. “Time strikes, we strike back: time management for female computer scientists.” Birds of a Feather panel, Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC ’11), Portland, OR, November 2011.


JOURNAL ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS

Oh, U., Branham. S.M., Findlater, L., Kane, S. “Audio-Based Feedback Techniques for Teaching Touchscreen Gestures.” In Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), 7(3), November 2015.

Carter, S., Adcock, J., Cooper, M., Branham, S.M. Tools to support expository video capture and access.” In Education and Information Technologies Journal, October 2013.

Branham, S.M., Harrison, S. “Designing for collocated couples.” In: Neustaedter, C., Harrison, S., and Sellen, A., eds. Connecting families: the impact of new communication technologies on domestic life. Springer, 2013.

McCrickard, D.S., Wahid, S., Branham, S.M., Harrison, S. “Achieving both creativity and rationale: reuse in design with images and claims.” In Human Technology 7 (1), May 2011.


CONFERENCE PAPERS & NOTES

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. to appear

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%)


WORKSHOP, POSTER, & PANEL PAPERS

Abdolrahmani, A., Easley, W., Williams, M.A., Ronquillo, E., Branham, S., Chen, T., and Hurst, A. “Not All Errors are Created Equal: Factors that Impact Acceptance of an Indoor Navigation Aid for the Blind.”  In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’16). Reno, NV, October 24-26, 2016. 2 pages.

Easley, W., Williams, M., Abdolrahmani, A., Galbraith, C., Branham, S.M., Hurst, A., Kane, S. “Let’s Get Lost: Exploring Social Norms In Predominately Blind Environments.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16), San Jose, CA, May 7-12, 2016. 8 pages.

Waycott, J.,  Munteanu, C., Davis, H., Thieme, A., Moncur, W., McNaney, R., Vines, J., and Branham, S. “Ethical Encounters in Human-Computer Interaction.” In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’16), Denver, CO, May 6-11, 2016. 8 pages.

Branham, S.M., Carter, S. “Who makes, shares Internet how-to videos?” Workshop on Social Mobile Video and Panoramic Video, Stanford, CA, September 2012, 2 pages.

Dickey-Kurdziolek, M., Branham, S.M., Lee, J.S. “What does it mean to design a nudge?” In Gender, Bodies, and Technology (GBT ’12), Roanoke, VA, April 2012, 2 pages.

Branham, S.M. “Couplehood as culture: exploring intimate couples through a domestic media space.” In Workshop on Connecting Families: New Technologies, Family Communication, and the Impact on Domestic Space (GROUP ’10), Sanibel Island, FL, November 2010, 4 pages.

Branham, S.M. “Picturestorming: ideation via ‘bits of life.’” In Workshop on Artifacts in Design: Representation, Ideation, and Process (CHI ’10), Atlanta, GA, June 2010, 4 pages.

Branham, S.M., Wahid, S., McCrickard, D.S., Harrison, S. “A narrative on collaborative storyboarding.” Poster Paper in Proceedings of the 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’08), San Diego, CA, November 2008, 2 pages.

McCrickard, D.S., Harrison, S., Wahid, S., Branham, S.M. “Putting creativity first––inspiring with image-based design rationale.” In Workshop on Creativity and Rationale in Software Design, University Park, PA, June 2008, 7 pages.

Branham, S.M., Wahid, S., and McCrickard, D.S.“Channeling creativity: using storyboards and claims to encourage collaborative design.” In Workshop on Tools in Support of Creative Collaboration (C&C ’07), Washington DC, June 2007, 4 pages.

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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