Catherine Dumas

Catherine Dumas

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interim INF PhD Director
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department of Information Sciences and Technology
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PhD in Information Science, University at Albany

MA in Information Science, University at Albany

BA in English, College of Saint Rose

Catherine Dumas

Dr. Catherine Dumas has a Masters and a PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research is motivated by data generated by platforms potentially used for online collective action or digital activism, in particular, electronic petitioning. Most recently, she is studying user behavior and interactions on next-gen social VR platforms and making sense of group interaction in VR in the context of next generation e-Participation initiatives. She is also working on a project using VR to train library school students crisis management in public libraries. Additionally, Dr. Dumas is exploring the usability and effectiveness of using immersive technologies and gamification in teaching and learning. 

Research Interests

UX & usability of immersive extended reality (XR) technologies

Virtual reality and gamification in teaching and learning 

AI-driven analysis of user behavior in social virtual reality (SVR) platforms 

Online collective action

Digital activism 

Analyzing e-petitioning behavior 

Social network analysis 

Human-computer interaction


UX & Immersive Technologies Lab