I am an academic teaching specialist in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. I currently lecture undergraduate and graduate subjects in Usability Evaluation, as well as a graduate subject in Information Systems and a generalist undergraduate Usability subject. My research interests include both Game studies and Human-Computer interaction.

My PhD thesis at The University of Melbourne (supervisors: Associate Professors Martin Gibbs and Wally Smith), was submitted in October 2018. Specifically, my research investigates the hobbyist experience of modern boardgames. I am interested in what players value about boardgames and boardgame play, as well as in how they use the game during play.

See my full list of publications here.

In October 2017, at the Spiel fair in Essen, Germany, I was interviewed about my research on BoardGameGeek TV. Watch the full interview here:

"Pink Goddess" card from Agricola L-deck, showing Melissa