Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology (2012)
B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park (2005)
Lana Yarosh joined the Department of Computer Science & Engineering in 2014 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2020 and was named a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2021. Yarosh also received the NSF CAREER Award in 2017 and the Google Faculty Research Award in 2018. She is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, as well as a member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. Before joining the University, she served as the senior member of technical staff at AT&T Labs Research from 2012-14.
Yarosh runs the ProDUCT (Prototyping, Design, and Usability of Communication Technologies) group. As part of the GroupLens research lab, her group is committed to the design and empirical study of social computing systems, frequently adding an embodiment perspective to these investigations (e.g., adding projection and haptics to communication systems). The group does work in a variety of contexts, with particularly notable contributions in the areas of Child-Computer Interaction (e.g., supporting intergenerational mentorship in schools), Online Health Communities (e.g., examining social support on CaringBridge.org), and Pervasive Health (e.g., helping people in recovery from substance use disorders get connected with support). Methodologically, Yarosh's work runs the gamut from pure qualitative to mixed methods to design-based approaches, though recent directions frequently include participatory design as an element as well.