Jacquelyn Burkell is a digital humanist and holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Her research interests include the interactions between people and technology with a particular emphasis on the role of cognition in such interactions. In addition to researching the design of human-computer interfaces, the impact of presentation on information use and understanding, and the social impact of technology, Dr. Burkell has also explored the role of cognition on the processing and use of information in medical decision-making. As an associate professor at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, she teaches courses on the social impact of technology, human-computer interface design and information design, and research methods at both the graduate and undergraduate level, with a focus on both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Burkell’s work includes a report on mobilizing user-generated content for Canada’s digital content advantage as part of the SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant on the Digital Economy. More recently, Dr. Burkell has focused on the impact of technology on privacy and the expectations of privacy in the rapidly expanding digital environment with support through a grant from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. This area of inquiry explores the Normative values of Personal Information and the levels of perceived privacy/security in a digital environment from one’s self, approved social network, and the public beyond. She is currently a Primary Network Investigator in the GRAND network where she is collaborating on projects involving virtual world simulations for health care professionals, exploring new designs and legal perspectives to support privacy security in new media environments, and projects involving the interaction with news in the online environment.
Dr. Burkell is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean Research in the Faculty of Media and Information Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where she also received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Her research focuses on the social impact of technology, with a particular focus on the effect of technological mediation on access to and use of information.