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Alyson L. Young, Ph.D.

Alyson Young
  • Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction


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  • Ph.D. Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • M.S. Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • M.A. Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


As an assistant professor of human-computer interaction at SOIC, Alyson Young studies how communities—particularly underserved and underrepresented populations—collectively make sense of and address challenging social and societal issues. She focuses her research agenda on working with communities and organizations to understand the challenges they face when addressing such problems, and how interactive and collaborative technologies shape their experiences and practices.

In her recent work, she’s examining:

  • How women with chronic vulva pain (vulvodynia) use social media to collectively make sense of and define their condition.
  • Ways in which indigenous communities, including indigenous environmental activists, are building infrastructural tools and using social media to drive indigenous-led climate action.

Her previous research has explored the socio-technical difficulties that environmental scientists face in reusing data to understand anthropogenic changes, informing community-specific system design.

Young has served as Proceedings and Publications co-chair and as a member of the organizing committee for the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW).

Research Interests

  • Information and communication technology use and design for complex societal and social challenges, including health and environmental communities
  • Underserved and underrepresented populations


INFO I305 Introduction to Research in Informatics

INFO H561 Meaning and Form in HCI

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