Annie is an educator, researcher, and human enthusiast motivated by questions at the intersections of mental health, technology, addictive design, tribalism, the attention economy, and mindfulness. Her teaching and research address psychotechnologies and cognitive states that counteract the negative impact of social media on our mental health and wellbeing. She cultivates contemplative practices and classroom experiences to foster skills critical for human thriving in the rapidly growing attention economy – empathy, sovereignty, metacognition, embodied wisdom, self-inquiry, and interpersonal communication.
She received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University in 2014, and balances this rigorous training in the scientific method with the empiricism of participatory knowledge. She enjoys working with companies to develop strong cultures of empathy through personalized feedback and facilitates workshops empowering creative technologists to find their voice and personal story.
Denise Powell, Peter Gyory, Ricarose Roque, and Annie Bruns. 2018. The Telling Board: An Interactive Storyboarding Tool for Children. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, (IDC '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 575-580. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3202185.3210778 (Trondheim, Norway, June 19-22, 2018).