I’m a user experience researcher with the Growth team at Instagram. My research focuses on understanding how we can improve the ways people make connections on Instagram. Prior to coming to Facebook, I completed my PhD in information science at UNC-Chapel Hill in December. As a user researcher, my approach is to combine behavioral metrics and qualitative data to provide a complete picture of user behavior. My dissertation research focused on using multilevel modeling to evaluate the usefulness of physiological signals as predictors of engagement and frustration in a search context.