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Education

University of Houston-Clear Lake
M.A. Applied Cognitive Psychology 2013 (expected)

University of St. Thomas
B.A. Pschology & Philosophy (2010)

Experience

UX Researcher/Designer at OERPUB

I am a UX researcher and designer for OERPUB. My responsibilities are creating user personas, discovering end users' needs, defining design requirements, wireframing design solutions, defining usability goals, conducting usability tests, disseminating test results to the team, and blogging about user experience.

Tutor at UHCL

I tutored undergraduate and graduate students in statistics, experimental methods, user centered design and human factors methods.

Research Assistant at RIHM Lab

My responsibilites inlcuded running experiments on auditory displays and touch screen interfaces.

Writer at Plunkett Research

My responsibilities were writing business almanacs for the Banking and Oil industries

IT student work at Univesity of St. Thomas

I was responsible for trouble shooting university technology.

Publications and Selected Research

Garcia, A., Peres, C., (2012) Auditory Progress Bars, The Effects of Feedback, Endpoint, and Free Response on Estimations of Time Remaining. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th annual Meeting, pp 571-675, Boston, MA USA.

Garcia, A., Peres, C., Paul, R., Kortum, P., (2011) Auditory Progress Bars, The Effects of Endpoint on Estimations of Time Remaining. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th annual meeting, pp 571-675, Las Vegas, NV USA.

Garcia, A., Peres, C., (submitted) Auditory Cueing in multi-task and speeded speech environments. International Community of Auditor Displays

Garcia, A., Kathi, F., Peres, C., (current research) Motivational Factors for Using Semantic Mark-up in Documents for Open Education Repositories. To be determined

Skills

UX & Human Factors Skills: Requirements Analysis, Contextual Inquiry, Surveys, Heuristic Evaluation, Usability Testing, Personas, Prototyping, Statistics, Experimentation

Software Skills: Microsoft Suite, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, SPSS, R-Stats, Axure RP PRO, Pencil, LucidChart, Balsamiq, SketchUp, AnteType, Morae, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, uLog

Programming & Web Development SKills: familiar with C, Python, HTML, CSS, JQuery & web accessibility

Professional Affiliations and Memeberships

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Student Member
  • Houston Chapter, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Student Member
  • Houston Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter at UHCL, Member
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology