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


Dr. Wohn is the director of the Social X Lab whose research area is in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication. She studies the characteristics and consequences of social interactions in online environments such as livestreaming, esports, gaming, and social media. Her main projects examine 1) content moderation, online harassment and the creation/maintenance of online safe spaces, 2) social exchange in digital economies & digital patronage (creator-supporter dynamics), and 3) news consumption via social media.

Affiliated Faculty

Seong Jae (SJ) Min, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Pace University

Dr. Min is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Pace University’s New York City campus. He teaches and researches journalism and political communication, and is the author of a series of books investigating the role of journalism in American society. He is particularly interested in news consumption behaviors and social interactions online as they relate to political participation and democratic engagement.

Mashael Almoqbel, Faculty, Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Almoqbel is a faculty at Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia. Her research is in the area of public safety, social media, and social good. She is interested in bettering societies with HCI and communication theories. She had her Ph.D. in Information Systems at NJIT.

Jie Cai, Assistant Research Professor, Penn State University

Dr. Cai is an assistant research professor at Penn State University. He received his PhD from NJIT. His research mainly focuses on human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and explores topics related to interactive media, gaming, live streaming, and content moderation. His work has been published in premier HCI venues such as CHI and CSCW. He is excited to collaborate with highly motivated (under)graduates and learn from them. Please check his website to know his recent work and activities.

Tina Yuan, National Taiwan Normal University

Tina (Chien Wen) Yuan (PhD, Cornell University) is an associate professor of the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. Her research interests include mediated interpersonal relationships, human–computer interaction, and computer-supported collaborative work. Her recent research topics dealt with health issues, social media use, and mediated collaboration, published at CHI, CSCW, or journals like Social Media + Society. She has recently explored topics in human-AI interaction.

Graduate Students

Azadeh Naderi

Azadeh is a Ph.D. student and research assistant at NJIT. She has an MBA and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering as well as professional experience as a software engineer and system developer. Her research is mainly in the field of HCI and User Experience (UX) using both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as statistical programming. Her current research is focused on content moderation, digital patronage, social virtual reality and virtual worlds. 

Tongxin Li

Tongxin is a Michigan State University alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Information and a master’s degree in Digital Communication and Media. Her research interests focus on designing robots/applications with positive social influence. She is passionate about researching how people interact with video games and social media. She looks forward to enhancing her research skills within the social x lab work and meeting new people. She is also a pet lover who owns a sweet holland lop bunny (ins: @tubi.bunny) and loves to photograph him when not on work duty.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ross Bonifacio

Ross is a senior year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT.

His current focus is on digital patronage platforms like Patreon and how technology can empower creators and the work they are passionate about. 

Alisha Gomes

Alisha Gomes is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction at NJIT. This is her first semester working in the Social Interaction Lab, and she is excited to become involved in a project! Alisha is interested in future learning technologies, the impacts of social media, making technology more accessible, and user-centered design. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new recipes, going on a run, and listening to podcasts.

Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez is a junior majoring in Human-Computer Interaction at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This is her second year as a member of the Social Interaction Lab. Cindy is interested in learning UX design and conducting UX research. She is also interested in the psychological impact that technology has on its users and is looking forward to improving social impact by designing human-centered applications.

Nina LaMastra

Nina is a senior undergraduate Business and Information Systems major with a Human-Computer Interaction minor at NJIT. Her studies have focused on internet communities, such as that of Twitch viewers and of international fandom ARMY. Through research, she also hopes to develop her professional and analytical skills.

Samiksha Raman

I am currently a senior studying Computer Engineering. I was recently introduced to the UI/UX field and I am interested in learning more about UI design and UX research. I hope to understand the impact technology has on people and how we can better those social experiences.

Jira Uttarapong

Jira is an undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT, with interests in online communities, A.I, data science, and video games. Their love for video games is their main drive for everything they do. Outside of school and work, she streams on Twitch and competitively plays video games, and is involved with the esports communities for these games. Having this background, she is a cofounder and current Social Media Manager of NJIT Esports. Also, being part of the LGBTQ+ community herself, she is a huge advocate and is also the Social Media Manager for NJIT’s Spectrum. She is very interested in the relationships between media, video games, and independent creators and the communities that form around them, as well as the platforms and technologies that foster these dynamics.  

Karen Wu

I’m a senior at NJIT pursuing a Business and Information Systems major with a minor in IT. I am looking to advance in research methods and sharpen my data analysis skills. I love analyzing how humans interact and behave around technology and am passionate about optimizing those interactions. In my free time, I’m a creative who loves art and video games!

Hongyang Zhou

Hongyang Zhou is currently a senior majoring in Applied Psychology at New York University. With an interest in user experience research and learning the relationship between humans and technology, she joined the Social interaction Lab this summer and studied the online harassment issue at Twitch. She hopes to gain more experience in user research to learn about users’ needs both in the lab and in her graduate studies.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Lucy Feng (2022 summer), Anthony Lechner (2022 summer), Aashka Patel (2022 spring), Reesha Gandhi (2022 spring), Sarah Ryu (2022 spring), Jonathan Tan (2022 spring), Jie Cai (2022 spring), Alan Cortes (2021 summer), Jordan Van Zyl (2021 spring), 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, Fizah Fahad, Michael Wedderburn, Nick Nower, Vidhi Thakker, Meciel Guisihan, Livia Loi, Emilia Pham Ton, Hannah Cui

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
Judith Deutsch, Rutgers University
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Gerry Fluet, Rutgers University
Guo Freeman, Clemson University
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
Wei Peng, Michigan State University
Katie Quehl, Yahoo
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Michigan State University

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