Leyla Norooz


Explore the multi-disciplinary research I have participated in throughout my career as a student.


Wearable Technology for Children's Educational Purposes

2013 - Present: Building on my Master's Thesis work on BodyVis, in my dissertation research I aim to tackle challenges around designing wearable technologies to help elementary-aged children understand abstract information in learning environments.


Participatory Design (Cooperative Inquiry)

2012 - Present: Since 2012, I have been a design partner with the University of Maryland's Kidsteam. This co-design group of children and adults work collaboratively as equal stakeholders to brainstorm, design, and prototype children's technologies.

We the people protest splash Fairey.jpg

Muslim Bloggers and Online Harassment

2017 - Present: Investigating negative feedback and online harassment against visibly female Muslim lifestyle bloggers. Interested in the various types of harassment these women receive as a result of their blogging, how they handle that harassment, and their views on being Muslim bloggers. 


Adult and Child Search Habits

2015 - 2017: Investigating adult and child Internet search roles. Lead researcher in running sessions with children to determine search roles in classroom settings. Co-researcher in in-home interviews with adults and analysis of data. 


Personal Projects

On my own time, I enjoy building small tech for very specific needs.



Types of Studies

  • Exploratory

  • Foundational
  • Usability
  • Concept Testing
  • Field Studies

Research Methods

  • Interviews (in-home, on-site, remote)
  • Observations
  • Focus Groups
  • Task Analysis
  • Paired Interviews
  • A/B Testing


  • Participatory Design
  • Cooperative Inquiry / Co-design
  • Iterative Design (using Design Thinking)
  • Wearables (software, hardware, and fabrication)