Cynthia Putnam

Associate Professor // Human Computer Interaction
School of Computing
Cynthia Putnam

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

Specific Research Area

Current research:
Child-Computer Interaction
- Interactive technologies/toys designed for children/students who have autism
- Mobile-based interaction design and user testing

User Experience (UX) Professionals and Pedagogy
- Bridging the design/research dialogue gap by exploring methods UX professionals use to (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 2019-2020

Courses Taught at DePaul

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