Fall 2012 - Present
Veronica Ahumada Newhart, Ph.D.
Dr. Newhart is an NIH funded postdoctoral fellow in UC Irvine's Institute for Clinical Translational Science.
Previously, she received the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and was a UC Distinguished Public Impact Fellow. Faculty advisors and mentors include Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles, Professor Mark Warschauer, and Bren Professor Judith Olson.
Dr. Newhart is the principal investigator on a Clinical Translational Science project that explores the use of interactive technologies (e.g., telepresence robots) to establish or augment social connectedness for improved health, academic, and social outcomes. As part of this project, she is currently conducting an on-going, national, multi-case study that explores this use of technology.
Her research encompasses strong interdisciplinary efforts between UCI's School of Medicine, School of Education, Department of Informatics, and Department of Cognitive Sciences.
Her research interests include telepresence, child health & human development, virtual inclusion, human-computer interaction (HCI), human-robot interaction (HRI), and emerging technologies that facilitate improved learning, health, human development, and social connectedness.