6D90D98C-6B8C-4446-A82E-14FF50B5A995Welcome! My name is Burren. I am a participatory design-researcher and (virtual) ethnographer with a strong skill set in communication and media making. I am a second-year doctoral student in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. I work with the TAT lab and UW Advance, the Center for Institutional Change

My research is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, inclusion, technosocial ethics, feminist &/ transgender theory, and psychology. I consider myself a hybrid or translator, as my work seeks to bridge the gap between academia, industry, and the public. I standout in stakeholder collaboration, study design, qualitative methods, user-centered design, and the use of multimedia for sharing out findings.  

The core of my dissertation is to design evidence-based online and offline liberation tools for systematically disadvantaged communities, which I see as a part of a larger social movement for social equity. My current project focuses on how we might build technologically supported online-offline networks of care. The goal of this work is to democratize mental healthcare for communities that need it most. I am advised by Daniela Rosner, David Ribes, and Jennifer Turns. Through UW Advance, I also collaborate closely with Coleen Carrigan.

For more information about some of my projects, please go here.


Human Centered Design & Engineering PhD // University of Washington (present)

Human Centered Design & Engineering BS // University of Washington

Comparative History of Ideas BA // University of Washington

Technical Writing Certificate // Bellevue College

Resume + CV


Curriculum Vitae


Adobe Suite

Competitive analysis


Focus groups


Literature review

Multi-media making


Qualitative methods

Stakeholder collaboration

Study design

Usability testing

User-centered design

Video prototyping

Visual communication