Victoria Schwanda Sosik

PhD Candidate
Information Science
Cornell University

About Me

I'm a fifth year PhD candidate in Information Science, minoring in Communication, at Cornell University. My advisor is Prof. Dan Cosley, and I work in the ReImagination Lab.

My research focuses on understanding how technologies can support physical and psychological wellbeing and designing them to do this better. For my dissertation I am looking at how we can leverage social media to design technologies to support positive psychological well-being. I've also explored how people use persuasive health technologies such as Wii Fit and how these technologies can better support people in attaining physical wellbeing. My work is currently supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

I recieved a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer and Cognitive Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Fine Arts from University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

I've been a competitive figure skater for 15 years, most recently as member and former co-captain of the Cornell University Synchronized Skating Team. I'm usually recognizable by the Iced Venti Skinny Caramel Latte permanently affixed to my hand and am a self proclaimed lover of the color pink. I grew up in New Jersey, only later branching out to the neighboring states of Pennsylvania for undergrad and New York for grad school. After an 8 month stint in California for grad school internships, I moved back to the Garden State, where I now live (and cheerfully let others pump my gas) with my husband while finishing up my PhD.