I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I am advised by Dr. Lina Zhou and I am a member of the research group on Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence. I am also a member of Interactive Systems Research Center. Before that, I have earned my master degree from UMBC. I received my B.S. in Information Systems from King Khalid University (KKU) – Saudi Arabia.

My research interests are in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, particularly focused on information retrieval and seeking and health consumer informatics. I have worked on different research projects that aim to explore the online search behaviors with the goal of informing accessible and usable systems design and policy. My PhD dissertation aims to address user needs in the context of health informational retrieval and improve users’ health literacy. I am more interested in exploring and understanding users behavior and interactions with systems and how to inform designing systems/tools that adapt to users’ health information needs and level of health literacy.  I often run mixed-method research that combines quantitative and qualitative data in which give complimentary data. I have experience in designing user research and analyzing qualitative and quantitative research.

I am very passionate about mentoring, promoting, and increasing the participation of women in STEM and computing fields. This is evident from my previous and current affiliations with a variety of organizations dedicated to support women in technology including Women in Computer Science at Penn (WICS), Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) at UMBC, and recently Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC).  It is a significant accomplishment that I have played a leadership role as one of the founders of ArabWIC Chapter in Saudi Arabia, and the community has now grown incredibly. I now serves as a vice president of the Chapter.

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