Principal Investigators

Kristie Seelman, PhD
Kristie Seelman, PhDDr. Kristie Seelman is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Kristie’s research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) people across the life course, improving health services and education settings for LGBTQ+ people, and developing LGBTQ+-affirming policies. Current projects look at factors predicting healthcare mistreatment for transgender patients and ways in which digital technology perpetuates violence based on binary gender assumptions. She is a past recipient of a loan repayment program contract from the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities. Kristie’s research has been published in the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, The Gerontologist, Journal of Homosexuality, Children & Youth Services Review, and Transgender Health, among others. Her research has received media attention from outlets such as The Washington Post, Slate, The Academic Minute (NPR), and Newsweek. She is thrilled to work on this public interest technology project with Dr. Mynatt and expand her knowledge about how multimedia technology can be used to highlight stories of LGBTQ+ resilience.



Elizabeth D. Mynatt, PhDElizabeth D. Mynatt, PhD
Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing and the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology that pursues innovative research to promote healthy, productive and fulfilling lives on a global scale. Elizabeth serves on the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and the NSF CISE Advisory Board.  She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow and a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy.  Over the past two decades Elizabeth’s research has focused on the role of computing in health and wellness. She currently leads the NCI funded MyPath project, creating an application that provides breast cancer patients with personalized recommendations during their cancer journey. Elizabeth co-leads the Emory-Georgia Tech program to empower people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked for inclusion and equitable access to computing. She is excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Seelman to chronicle the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community.