Dr. Tamara Peyton is interested in the role of technology in positively impacting the social determinants of health and wellness. She is particularly focused on the way social support through digital systems helps people through periods of stressful transition, and towards a sense of resilience and a subjective feeling of wellness. She researches and teaches at Harrisburg University in the Interactive Media undergraduate and the Human-Centered Design graduate programs. As a professor, Dr. Peyton guide students towards figuring out how to engineer effective, appropriate and engaging experiences through the design of technologies that reflect human values. She is passionate about designing and delivering human-centered technologies that make a difference for people who are in need, whether the need is because of their health concerns, their age, their gender, or their socioeconomic status. She extends this passion for empowerment and equality to her commitment to promoting STEM career options and training for young women, particularly from less-advantaged backgrounds.
Prior to returning to university, Dr. Peyton spent over 10 years in Canada, the US and Bermuda working as an Interactive Systems designer, UX architect, MIS manager and web systems project leader in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.
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