I am a user experience researcher on the Facebook Pages team. I studied cognitive psychology at UC Berkeley and received my PhD in social psychology at the University of Washington. After making the tough decision to leave academia, I contracted as a design user researcher at Microsoft working largely on products for entertainment like Xbox and Zune. Following that, I worked at an eCommerce company called Quidsi where I analyzed behavioral data in order to inform, support and drive UX design decisions. Between my last two jobs, my husband and I took time off to backpack for a year, mostly around Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Africa. I highly recommend it!