Jessica Pater

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Jessica is a Ph.D. student in Human Centered Computing. Her research focuses on the characterization of non-suicidal self-injury and self-harm within a social computing context. Specifically, she studies the presentations of eating disorders online within adolescent populations. She is currently investigating how social computing activities can be captured by diagnostic tools, allowing healthcare professionals to better understand the breadth and depth of the digital contexts of their mental disease. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech. She also currently works full-time as a Researcher for the Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Information and Communications Lab. Her research areas include computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing, & mental health and wellness.


Publications

“Hunger Hurts but Starving Works:” Characterizing the Presentation of Eating Disorders Online

Pater, Jessica A., et al. "Hunger Hurts but Starving Works:” Characterizing the Presentation of Eating Disorders Online. Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 1185-1200). ACM, 2016. [pdf]

# thyghgapp: Instagram Content Moderation and Lexical Variation in Pro-Eating Disorder Communities

Chancellor, S., Pater, J. A., Clear, T. A., Gilbert, E., & De Choudhury, M. (2016, February). # thyghgapp: Instagram Content Moderation and Lexical Variation in Pro-Eating Disorder Communities . In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 1199-1211). ACM. [pdf]

This Digital Life: A Neighborhood-Based Study of Adolescents' Lives Online

Pater, J. A., Miller, A. D., & Mynatt, E. D. (2015, April). This Digital Life: A Neighborhood-Based Study of Adolescents' Lives Online. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2305-2314). ACM. [pdf]

No longer wearing: investigating the abandonment of personal health-tracking technologies on craigslist

Clawson, J., Pater, J. A., Miller, A. D., Mynatt, E. D., & Mamykina, L. (2015, September). No longer wearing: investigating the abandonment of personal health-tracking technologies on craigslist.In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 647-658). ACM. [pdf]

Just awful enough: the functional dysfunction of the something awful forums

Pater, J. A., Nadji, Y., Mynatt, E. D., & Bruckman, A. S. (2014, April). Just awful enough: the functional dysfunction of the something awful forums. In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (pp. 2407-2410). ACM. [link] [pdf]

Communities of participation: A comparison of disability and aging identified groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Baker, P. M., Bricout, J. C., Moon, N. W., Coughlan, B., & Pater, J. (2013). Communities of participation: A comparison of disability and aging identified groups on Facebook and LinkedIn . Telematics and Informatics, 30(1), 22-34. [pdf]

Design Strategies for Youth-Focused Pervasive Social Health Games

Miller, A. D. Pater, J. Mynatt, E. D. Design Strategies for Youth-Focused Pervasive Social Health Games. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health 2013). Venice, Italy. [pdf]