D. Yvette Wohn, Assistant Professor in Information Systems (


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

Chrissy Cook is a Canadian postdoctoral researcher working 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. If you see her, say hi and drop in for a spot of tea!

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. student. She has a 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nicholas Abadiotakis


Nicholas is an junior Computer Engineering student here at NJIT. He is the captain of the NJIT competitive collegiate Overwatch team for the past two years. This year is also participating as captain of the Hearthstone tournament for NJIT as well. This is his first time participating in research here and is very eager to learn and provide as much as he can to the team.

Abraham Allen

Abraham Allen is a senior HCI major with background in computer animation. This is his first semester in the lab, where he is working on an app to help doctors accurately provide care for concussed patients. Abraham is interested in all things that involve computers, especially in the ways that they can be integrated into peoples daily lives and schedules.

Ross Bonifacio

Ross is a first year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT. This is his first semester doing research. 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. He is interested in learning more about the process of research and user experience design. He also enjoys illustration, sequential art, and programming.

Mahi Gada

Mahi Gada is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business as well as Applied Statistics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is experienced in Python and Java and enjoys developing programs and challenging herself by going to hackathons. Mahi is excited to work with Dr. Wohn in the Social Interaction Lab to gain experience and expanding her skill set. Mahi spends her free time on campus as Vice President of Girl Up, Social Media Chair for Women in Computing Society, and is a member of her school’s South Asian Dance Team, Ehsaas. She hopes to put her leadership skills to use in the research lab. 

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 second-year undergraduate student majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis, as well as minoring in Computer Science. This is his first semester conducting research with the Social Interaction Lab, where he is currently studying the relationships and influences between rules and guidelines of Twitch streamer channels and the behavior of their viewers. 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.

Anmol Jaswal

Anmol is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems. This will be her first semester doing research. She is eager learn about how people’s interactions with social technology impact their daily lives, and how those experiences can ultimately be improved. Her main areas of interest include data analytics and user experience design. Overall, she hopes to acquire many new skills through this research opportunity.

Yashwee Kothari

Yashwee is a sophomore studying Computer Science with a minor in applied mathematics in the Honors College. Yashwee is researching concussions and brain injuries and currently working on building a prototype of her application. This is Yashwee’s first semester in the social interaction lab. She started her research project as part of an Independent Study last semester.

Nina LaMastra

Nina is an undergraduate Business and Information Systems major with a Human-Computer Interaction minor at NJIT. With her secretarial positions in NJIT Esports and Spectrum, she is passionate about engaging with many different communities within NJIT while ensuring that they thrive and stay organized. This is her first semester conducting research at the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT, and she’s excited to learn more about human-computer interaction in practical contexts.

Alyssa Maravilla


Alyssa Maravilla is Senior undergraduate student studying Information Technology and minor in UX. This is her first semester doing research under the Social Interaction lab, though she has done prior research at NJIT as well. She is currently working with the Patreon team and hopes to gain a better understanding of qualitative research before graduating and getting into the real world. Some hobbies of hers outside of academics include playing guitar and bass

Aashka Patel

Aashka Patel is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This is her fourth semester conducting research in the Social Interaction Lab.
In her previous semesters, she worked on a content moderation project and conducted usability testing for a stroke rehabilitation application. This semester she is continuing her research to understand social media users’ perception of content moderation through administrating surveys as well as conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis. She is looking forward to continuing developing her skills in the lab while collaborating with her peers and professionals.

Sarah Ryu

Sarah Ryu is currently a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction and minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This is her second year with the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT. Through research, she hopes to learn more about the relationships between humans and technology to one day improve those interactions for the greater good. Her strengths are design and illustration, however, she is currently studying user experience design and its applications in therapy and child development.

Aaron Samuel

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. This is my third semester doing research. I am very interested in esports and online interaction as it affects many of us everyday. I can’t wait to further the research and understand more about online moderation.


Astha Sharma

Astha Sharma

I am going to be a Junior majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with minors in Business & Computer Science. I’m the HCI Major Representative in the Student Senate and the Professional Chair of Alpha Kappa Psi. This is my second semester working in the Social Interaction Lab and I am excited to learn from this opportunity and gain valuable skills in research.

Masaho Shimobayashi

Masaho is currently an undergraduate student at NJIT majoring in Human Computer Interaction. This will be his fourth semester doing research in the lab. His main interest is gaming and how people interact through it. Outside of the lab, he is also the secretary of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles, a club focused on creating global leaders, and is a research assistant at the Child Study Center in Rutgers Newark.

Denis Smirnov

Andrew Suarez

I am an undergraduate Information Technology student. I am the Game Manager for our Rocket League team, as well as having a passion for Esports and the community. This is my first semester doing research, and i hope to learn alot from this experience

Jira Uttarapong


Jira is an undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT, concentrating in 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 Super Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7, and is very involved with the tri-state communities for these games. Having this background, she is also the Vice President of NJIT’s Gaming Coalition (NGC). Over the summer, she interned for Celgene as their Digital Innovations Analyst within their Business Operations department, and has been extended to work part-time over the fall semester. While at Celgene, Jira also assisted in research involving CAR-T and Abraxane. Jira is always eager to learn new things and is very excited to experience her first semester doing research in the Social Interaction Lab.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Masaho Shimobayashi (2020 spring), Anmol Jaswal (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, John Scott Siri, 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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