Sharon is a reader at the University of Sunderland and a psychologist who specialises in Human-Computer Interaction. My research focuses on understanding and improving usability evaluation methods. I’m also interested in how technology can be used to facilitate information search and navigation through complex interfaces, and how technology can support users in making healthier lifestyle choices. In addition to researching usability evaluation I work as a usability practitioner.
Particular areas of expertise include: Usability Evaluation Methods – e.g. the use and validity of the think-aloud technique within usability testing; Health related technology – the use of interactive systems to encourage healthy behaviours such as increases in opportunistic and planned exercise; and, navigation and information search – understand users’ mental models and navigation problems in using complex interactive systems.