My research is on safe, inclusive, and secure digital technologies for health to empower people to live independently. I use a collaborative, evidence-based approach in my teaching practice and I am a keen advocate for employability and gender diversity in computing.
I have nearly 30 years of teaching experience using a collaborative, evidence-based approach to my practice. I research aspects of computer science education, human-computer interaction and health technologies. My background is multidisciplinary but with a strong dual interest in education and technology. Following my B.CompSc.(Hons) degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, I delivered several computer science courses there. I also hold several teaching qualifications from the UK, including a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, and I have taught in diverse educational environments, including primary schools, further education colleges as well as universities.
I was awarded an MSc in Computer Science by the Universities of Berne, Fribourg and Neuchâtel in Switzerland (with a specialism in Distributed Systems and a minor in Education), and was a Mayflower Scholar for Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton, becoming a PhD candidate and a Teaching Fellow in the same school. My doctoral research was on learner engagement within peer-supported digital environments, but following its completion, I turned my focus onto digital health technologies, which is my main interest now in my role as a Lecturer with the Digital Health and Biomedical Engineering group, also within ECS.
My most recent appointments include being a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and an Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. I have supervised to completion one PhD thesis, eighteen MSc projects and fifteen final-year undergraduate dissertations, and have given service to ACM-W.