Hi! My name is Kathy.
I am currently a Sr. User Researcher at Spotify. I help teams build better personalized listening experiences by providing thought leadership and empirically-driven insights about how users think about and interact with our products. I am particularly excited by answering tricky questions with an extensive, multi-method toolkit to gain novel insight about the user experience. I enjoy continuously learning about new methods and disciplines, and am energized by collaborative and cross-functional work.
I was formerly an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College, an NIA postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan. During my time at Michigan, I was also an affiliate of the Population Studies Center, and an NIA-funded predoctoral trainee. I have a B.A in Sociology and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University.
I have methodological expertise in quantitative data analysis (survey methods, longitudinal data analysis, statistical modeling) as well as qualitative techniques (in-depth interviewing, coding, ethnography/participant observation). I previously have published on population health, gender, work-family, and professions.
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