Jessica Pater

Jessica is a Ph.D. Candidate 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: 

Research Ethics Town Hall Meeting

Pernille, B., Fiesler, C., Muller, M., Pater, J., Wisniewski, P. Research Ethics Town Hall Meeting. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (Sanibel Island, FL, 2018), 393-396.

Addressing Medication Adherence Technology Needs in an Aging Population

Pater, J, Owens, S., Farmer, S., Mynatt, E.D., & Fain, B. (2017) Addressing Medication Adherence Technology Needs in an Aging Population. In Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health 2017). Barcelona, Span. 23-26 May.

Multimodal Classification of Moderated Online Pro-Eating Disorder Content.

Chancellor, S., Kalantidis, Y., Pater, J. A., De Choudhury, M., & Shamma, D. A. (2017). Multimodal Classification of Moderated Online Pro-Eating Disorder Content. In Proceedings of the 2017 Human Computer Interaction Conference (CHI 2017). ACM. [pdf]

Defining Digital Self-Harm

Pater, J., & Mynatt, E. (2017, February). Defining Digital Self-Harm. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1501-1513). ACM. [pdf]

Characterizations of Online Harassment: Comparing Policies Across Social Media Platforms

Pater, J., Kim, M., Mynatt, E., and Fiesler, C. (2016). Characterizations of Online Harassment: Comparing Policies Across Social Media Platforms. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 369-374. [pdf]

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

Pater, Jessica A., Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, and Elizabeth D. Mynatt. "Hunger Hurts but Starving Works”: Characterizing the presentation of eating disorders online. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, pp. 1185-1200. ACM, 2016.

# 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]

Challenges and Futures for Ethical Social Media Research

Fiesler, C., Pater, J., Hoffmann, A.L., Proferes, N. Challenges and Futures for Ethical Social Media Research .10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media – ICWSM. Cologne, Germany, July 2016.

Exploring Ethics and Obligations for Studying Digital Communities

Fiesler. C., Wisniewski, P., Pater, J., Andalibi, N. 2016. Exploring Ethics and Obligations for Studying Digital Communities . Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 457-460. [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.

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.

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]

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.

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.