D. Yvette Wohn, Associate Professor in Information Systems ( or


Dr. Wohn‘s research area is in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication. She studies the role of algorithms and social interactions in livestreaming, esports, and social media and how they influence wellbeing. She is also interested in social financial interactions that occur new digital economies such as online games or digital patronage platforms that involve virtual items and digital currencies.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christine L. Cook

CChrissy Cook is a Canadian postdoctoral researcher who worked in NJIT’s Social Interactions lab for 2020. Her background is in Psychology and Communication science, and her doctoral research deals with trolling – the instrumental use of game, website, or chat mechanics at another person’s expense – in the online gaming context, primarily. While working at NJIT, she hopes to use her specialized knowledge of trolling behaviour and motivation to assist on projects aiming to make the internet a more civil and healthier place to be. She will begin a new postdoctoral position at National Chengchi University in Taiwan continuing her research into trolls and trolling in March of 2021

Graduate Students

Jie Cai


I am a Ph.D. student in Information System.
I have a masters degree in marketing research and one-year working experience in e-commerce. My research interests are related to social media, e-commerce,and online shopping. Currently, I am working on a project about livestreaming shopping.

Mashael Almoqbel

Mashael Almoqbel is an Information Systems Ph.D. candidate. She did her Master’s degree in Information systems at NJIT. She has one-year working experience as a teaching assistant. Mashael is interested in social media, public safety, and social good in general through the use of computing.  

Azadeh Naderi

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Azadeh is a first-year Ph.D. student and research assistant at NJIT’s Social Interaction Lab. She received her MBA degree in 2013 and her BS in Electronics Engineering degree in 2010. Before joining NJIT, Azadeh worked as a project manager and user experience researcher at a large insurance company for four years. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty for over two years. Her research falls in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) interdisciplinary domain. Specifically, she wants to study how people interact with each other on social media, and how such interactions may influence their psychological well-being. Currently she is involved in a project that is focused on content moderation in social media.

Anastasia Ossipov

Anatasia is a first-year Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) master’s student FH Salzburg & University of Salzburg. She completed her BSc Psychology degree at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. She is passionate about User Experience research & design and is dedicated to the application of behavioral data in design strategization. Anastasia is interested in creating innovative technologies that yield social impact. Apart from her work, she enjoys traveling, cultural exchange, hiking, cooking, rowing, and volleyball. She is growth-orientated and greatly enjoys immersive learning experiences.

Lucy Feng

I am studying Interaction Technology at the University of Twente. I am interested in UX research. I am prone to understand how technology influences people’s behaviors and people’s problems and needs with technologies. With the knowledge of human-centered design, I would like to bridge human and technology together.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ridaa Alam

Ridaa is currently a first-year undergraduate Biology student with a minor in Psychology at NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College. This is her first semester working at the Social Interaction Lab, but she is eager to gain many skills from this experience. She is interested in how technology is impacting how people interpret and experience the world. Currently, she is studying how TikTok can impact identity. She hopes to help better understand how people interact with their community in order to better understand her position as an aspiring physician.

Loni Alnor

I am a freshman year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT. This would be my first time participating in lab research. I look forward to gaining new skills as well as learning more about how people interact with the technology around them. 

Ross Bonifacio

Ross is a sophomore year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT. He is researching digital patronage platforms such as Patreon. He is interested in how technology empowers independent creators and how it can be improved to enable them to continue doing the work they are passionate about.

Alan Cortes

Alan Cortes is a senior from Rutgers Newark majoring in Information Systems with a minor in Psychology. He is interested in the psychological aspect of how computers can affect people. Alan transferred from NJCU where he was first pursuing a biology degree and was treasurer of the gaming club. Outside of school, he enjoys thrifting, tennis, gaming, and creating videos. He is interested in pursuing a Masters degree sometime in the future and hopes to gain new experiences and learn a lot in the Social Interaction Lab.

Manal Desai

I am a first-year computer science and applied mathematics major. I am very intrigued with the research being conducted in the lab. This is my first semester being with the lab. I joined this lab through a class called STS 205- Intro to Research Methods. I am very excited to get to work with everybody, and I am looking forward to a great semester!

Fizah Fahad

Fizah is currently a freshman undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction at NJIT. This is her first semester working in the Social Interaction Lab. She is interested in both the UI/UX and the research aspects of Human-Computer Interaction and looks forward to pursuing both within the lab. She is eager to develop new skills and gain experience in her field through her research.

Reesha Ghandhi

Reesha Gandhi is currently a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with a dual degree in Business Information Systems. This is her first year working in the lab. Currently, she is researching the relationship between Twitch users and the mental health community. She is eager to learn more about doing research in the HCI field in a professional setting. She hopes to gain new skills and experiences in this lab to one day better the lives of those around her. 

Cameron Guanlao

Cameron Guanlao is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis and a minor in Computer Science. This is his third semester conducting research with the Social Interaction Lab, where he and several other research assistants recently submitted a poster relating to rules in live-streaming micro-communities on Twitch. Currently, he is working on starting a new project in which he plans to analyze the relationships between misinformation on social media and public opinion polling. He looks forward to improving and gaining skills in data analysis and AI algorithms while also finding ways to connect and apply them to human-centered problems

Meciel Guisihan

Meciel Guisihan is an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Business and Information Systems and minoring in Data Analytics. This will be her second semester partaking in the Social Interaction Lab, with her project from last semester involving the creation of a survey to look at the perspectives of social media users on Cancel Culture. Meciel enjoys trying new activities or tasks, especially traveling to new places and eating new foods. She looks forward to expanding her skills in new projects this semester and learning from her peers along the way.

Yashwee Kothari

Yashwee is a 3rd-year Computer Science Student in the Albert Dorman Honors College. She is working on the ReLeaf team which focuses on traumatic brain injuries. Yashwee is passionate about the health-tech industry and bringing ReLeaf to the market in the near future. She is excited to have won 1st place at NBMC this past December and looking forward to the NJIT Lean Start-up Accelerator in the Summer of 2021!

Nina LaMastra

Nina is an undergraduate Business and Information Systems major with a Human-Computer Interaction minor at NJIT. This is her fourth semester working with the lab, and she is continuing research on mental health discussions as they occur on Twitch. Mental health is an especially important topic to her, and as an active member of NJIT’s LGBTQ+ club Spectrum, helping create safe spaces in online communities is one of her passions. Through research, she also hopes to develop her professional and analytical skills.

Livia Loi

Livia is a first-year undergraduate student at NJIT majoring in Web and Information Systems. This is her first semester conducting research at the Social Interaction Lab. She is eager to further explore the relationship between humans and technology. Her research interests include user experience design and behavioral data analysis to find potential solutions to human-centered problems. She is looking forward to developing new skills while collaborating with others.

Seejal Padhi

I am a first-year biomedical engineering major at ADHC. This is my first semester in the lab. I am very eager to learn more about the positive interaction between computers and humans, and how it influences daily life. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, while being an active member of the team.

Aashka Patel

Aashka Patel is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology with minors in Data Analytics and Business. This is her sixth-semester conducting research in the Social Interaction Lab.In her previous semesters, she worked on a content moderation project, conducted usability testing for a stroke rehabilitation application, investigated users’ perceptions of content moderation responsibility, and explored social media users’ viewpoints of cancel culture. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills in the lab while collaborating with her peers and professionals. 

Sarah Ryu

Sarah Ryu is currently a junior undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction and minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This is her third year with the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT. At the lab, she is currently studying the effects of social/collaborative technology during the pandemic. She is also studying user experience design and its applications in therapy and child development. Through research, she hopes to learn more about the relationships between humans and technology to one day improve those interactions for the greater good.

Jonathan Tan

Jonathan Tan is currently a junior undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science at NJIT.  He hopes to understand more about the breadth of this field, and develop theses for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Outside of studies, he enjoys spending time in nature hiking, hunting, running and adventuring.

Vidhi Manish Thakker

I am an undergraduate student double majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology with a minor in Psychology. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between humans and technology. So, I’m glad to be a part of this lab to help me gain exposure in terms of research and help me fuel my curiosity. During my free time, I indulge in crafts, designing, creating videos, doing fun projects and running a small business with my best friend!

Jira Uttarapong

Jira is an undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT, with passions for A.I and video game development. Her love for video games is her main drive for everything she does. Outside of school and work, she streams on Twitch and competitively plays video games, and is very involved with the esports communities for these games. Having this background, she is also the cofounder, former President, and current Production Manager of NJIT Esports. She is very interested in the relationships between the communities that form on the internet (specifically within gaming) and the platforms and technologies that foster them. This is her 3rd year in the lab and she is currently researching mental health on Twitch.

Jordan Van Zyl

Jordan is in her last semester majoring in Business and Information Systems. This is her second semester participating in the Social Interaction Lab. She hopes to continue to gain new skills in the lab as she prepares to graduate.

Karen Wu

Karen Wu is a sophomore at NJIT, studying Business and Information Systems with a potential minor in IT or HCI. She has always been interested in studying the bridge between computers and businesses – how businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on advanced computing technology. She holds a strong appreciation for the advancements of technology, and she is passionate about how computers continue to influence the sphere of visual arts. She loves digital design and is interested in how this field manifests itself in video games. She enjoys playing a variety of games such as Warframe and Valorant. She also loves to design her own art to express her perspectives on the world and her life – her medium of choice is charcoal. Karen works in this lab to study social dynamics in video games that include micropayments.

High School Students

Anshika Nangia

Anshika is a high school senior at South Brunswick High School. This is her first semester working at the Social Interaction Lab. She is excited to learn new things and grow as a researcher in the lab among her peers. Her research interests include mental health of content creators, user experience design and research, and data analysis. Outside of school, she enjoys being creative through singing, dancing, playing the piano and designing. She is interested in pursuing a bachelors and masters in Human Computer Interaction in the future.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Masaho Shimobayashi (2020 spring), Anmol Jaswal (2020 spring), John Scott Siri (2020 spring), Peter Eskander (2020 spring), Peter Jough (2019 fall), Ankit Mittal (2019 spring), Juan Rios (2018 fall), Temilade Afolabi, Basma Abukwaik (2018 spring), Victor Chue, Anchita Komalchan Likhar, Indraneel Kulkarni (2017), Atisha Poojari (2016), Leiping Gong (2016), Calvin Allemand (2016), Emma Washington-Freeman (2016), Han Wang (2015), Rohit Kadam (2015).

Past Students 

Turki Alelyani, Nidhish Dave, Erick Sanchez, Yu Cao, Mary Schneider, Rempee Kalia, Cassio Maciel Leal, Roseli Andrion, Felipe Schiquetti, Mousa Ahmadi, Sona Patel, Kira Hoffman, Adam Spryzinski, Dhanush Sureshbabu, Yanira Morales, Lindsay Armour, James Bonilla, Kimberly Prince, Priya Rajbabu, Jack Campbell, Royer Zamudio, Angelica Braxton, Pradnya Desai, Tejas Patel, Christopher Simeone, Naitam Ghandi, Soojin Ahn, Mervyn Mathew, Jessy Martinez, Alyssa Maravilla

Faculty/ Industry Collaborators

Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen
Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University Social Media Lab
Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University
Meeyoung Cha, KAIST
Eun-kyoung Choe, University of Maryland
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Gerry Fluet, Rutgers University
Guo Freeman, Clemson University
Tesh Goyal, Jigsaw / Google
Rebecca Hayes, Illinois State University
Libby Hemphill, University of Michigan
Hye-jin Kum-Biocca, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Yu-Hao Lee, University of Florida
SJ Min, Pace University
Wei Peng, Michigan State University
Katie Quehl, Yahoo
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Michigan State University
Tina Yuan, National Taiwan Normal University

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Summer 2016: NJIT students and students from Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program
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