My name is Alexa and I am a UX researcher based in New Jersey.

With a strong background in the healthcare field, I routinely applied a research mindset by conducting interviews and synthesizing data to provide the best quality of care for my patients as a speech-language pathologist.

As a UX researcher, I have been able to utilize my previous knowledge and expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, in combination with an empathetic approach, to drive intuitive person-centered designs.

Over the years, I have harnessed a skillset in active listening, creative problem solving, data synthesis, and working within a multidisciplinary team. Although I have worn many hats, one thing that remains constant is my desire to convert nuggets of information into simple solutions effectively and efficiently.

When I'm not sharpening my UX toolbox, you'll catch me practicing new yoga poses, reading historical fiction novels, or planning my next adventure with my husband and 4-year-old Boston Terrier (aka my dog-ter).

Allow me to introduce myself.

What speech-language pathology and public health taught me about UX...

We are informed not by our assumptions and biases, but the insights we derive from our main stakeholders. Grantees understand the needs and desires of the field they work in better than we ever will and it is important to listen to their voices.

Good data starts with asking the right questions. If we want to understand what is and is not working we have to begin with open-ended questions that generates thoughtful and meaningful conversations.

Designing individualized care plans for speech, language and swallowing patients is just that - individualized. In order to construct impactful solutions we cannot take a cookie cutter approach. Reducing complexity can be achieved by using rigorous research, an empathic mind and (sometimes) the courage to try something unconventional.

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