Cynthia Putnam

Associate Professor // Human Computer Interaction, Graphics / Animation
School of Computing
Cynthia Putnam


Advising Hours for the week of
3/26/2017 - 4/1/2017
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM at CDM 736
Th 4:30PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
4/9/2017 - 4/15/2017
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
Th 5:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
4/16/2017 - 4/22/2017
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
4/23/2017 - 4/29/2017
Th 5:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
4/30/2017 - 5/6/2017
Tu 4:00PM - 4:30PM at CDM 736
Tu 5:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
Th 5:00PM - 5:30PM at CDM 736
5/21/2017 - 5/27/2017
Tu 4:30PM - 5:00PM at CDM 736
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM at CDM 736


Office Hours for the week of
3/26/2017 - 4/1/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
4/2/2017 - 4/8/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
4/9/2017 - 4/15/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
4/16/2017 - 4/22/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
4/23/2017 - 4/29/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
4/30/2017 - 5/6/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
5/7/2017 - 5/13/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
5/14/2017 - 5/20/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
5/21/2017 - 5/27/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
5/28/2017 - 6/3/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
6/4/2017 - 6/10/2017
M 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online
W 4:30PM - 6:00PM at Online

Bio and Research Information

Cynthia Putnam is an associate professor at the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University. She is interested in human-centered approaches to design. Her framework for this field is informed by over ten years of working in industry as a visual and interaction designer, illustrator and animator prior to earning her PhD. Cynthia received her PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington.

Research Area

Human Computer Interaction, Graphics / Animation

Specific Research Area

Human-centered methods to support design for diverse users:
(1) Gameful approaches to rehabilitation:
  • Creation of a Web-centric knowledgebase of commercial game use in brain injury (BI) therapy. Knowledgebase used as the foundation for:
    1. Information and decision tools that help therapists learn about and choose commercial games for their patients who have had a BI
    2. Therapy-centered game design patterns and tools that support game designers who want to create games aimed at BI recovery
(2)User Experience (UX) Professionals and Pedagogy
  • Bridging the design/research gap by exploring UX methods that (a) investigate and (b) communicate about end-users
  • How accessibility is taught, practiced and considered

Professional Associations

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Interaction Design Association, The Usability Professionals Association

Schedule for Fall 2017-2018

Courses Taught at DePaul

Course Evaluations