Hi! My name is Karla. I am a McKnight Doctoral Fellow pursuing my PhD in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) at the University of Central Florida.
As part of the Socio-Technical Interaction Research Lab, my research is grounded within the Human-computer Interaction (HCI) field. I leverage my background in Human Factors Psychology and Instructional Systems Design to investigate topics related to adolescent online safety. My dissertation research focuses on studying online safety for teens in the foster care system.
Outside of the lab, I love spending time with my family and empowering others to courageously strive for excellence and live out their purpose. I also strive to serve as a bridge that unites different cultures and support the ideal of diversity. Understanding the influence diversity has on teamwork, I want to effectively and professionally advocate for minority HCI faculty and students.
The purpose of this e-portfolio is to showcase my talents and versatility as a socio-technical research scientist. Please start here and enjoy!