Drawing from more than ten years of experience running online communities, Kat works with researchers, industry professionals, and community leaders to develop resources for fostering healthy social environments in games and social media. She has spent the past 5 years working with Intel, Microsoft Research, Instagram, Southern Poverty Law Center, AnyKey, and other organizations to study issues around diversity, inclusion and trust & safety. She has won fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Google, and the UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society & Policy for her research on diversity and inclusion in technology.
Kat is currently an industry consultant and researcher at the University of California Irvine, where she studies moderation practices in online spaces. Drawing from methods across user experience research and data science, her work focuses on the development of tools and community management best practices to mitigate toxic online environments. She advises non-profit organizations in mental health and online harassment, and assists in crisis support for targets of online harassment.