Senior User Researcher, Emergo by UL
IDEA Jury Member, 2021-22
Kathryn is a Senior User Researcher on Emergo by UL’s Human Factors Research & Design (HFR&D) team. In this role, she leads early research efforts to identify user needs and to better understand context of use as it relates to risk potential and overall user experience. In addition to leading research and usability studies, she regularly conducts expert reviews of devices, labeling, and human factors engineering documents (e.g., task analyses, use-related risk analyses). Her role also involves advising manufacturers on best practices for human factors validation, regulatory submissions, and developing user-centered products. In previous positions, she collaborated in all parts of the development cycle, from early research and ideation through iterative design and evaluation, to design for manufacturing and verification/validation activities.
Kathryn holds a B.S. in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati and has more than 10 years of professional experience developing medical devices and combination products to be used in both home and healthcare environments.