Skip Ellis Early Career Award
Christina Harrington is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the HCI Institute in the School of Computer Science with a courtesy appointment in the School of Design. Her research addresses health and racial equity through human-computer interaction and design research approaches where she explores and co-design technologies to support the needs of historically marginalized groups. Christina has worked for over a decade to implement technological interventions for Black and Brown individuals and those with disabilities and impairments in areas of community health advocacy, health information seeking, and community design of technology futures. Christina has published work at premier HCI venues and won best paper and honorable mention awards for her work on equitable participatory design with Black elders and Black youth. She has presented her work at academic institutions, government agencies, and industry seminars. Christina holds a Ph.D. in Design from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Industrial Design from NC State University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
As a researcher, Christina combines her background in electrical engineering and industrial design to focus on areas of universal, accessible, and inclusive design. Specifically, she looks at how to use design in the development of products to support historically excluded groups such as Black communities, older adults, and individuals with differing abilities in maintaining their health, wellness, and autonomy in defining their future. Christina is passionate about using design to center communities that have historically been at the margins of mainstream design. She looks to methods such as design justice and community collectivism to broaden and amplify participation in design by addressing the barriers that corporate approaches to design have placed on our ability to see design as a universal language of communication and knowledge. Throughout her career, Christina has demonstrated her commitment to supporting underrepresented communities including mentoring first-generation college and graduate students, teaching and supporting outreach programs for young girls of color in computer science and design, and supporting community organizations focused on the betterment and liberation of Black residents in resource-constrained communities. She is currently the director of the Equity and Health Innovations Design Research Lab which stands to support community-based participatory research in Black and Brown communities and amplifies the work of those advocating for eliminating social inequities.