Allison Gabouer


Allison’s previous research focuses on the cognitive development of children and adults, and how they learn and process social information. Having spent most of her time in academia, Allison has a mix of experience creating, running, and publishing studies. Her work in the non-profit industry led to a passion for delivering the insights of research to the people who can use it most. Allison has a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of California, Merced, and a BS in Psychology from Purdue University.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

I have been to Yosemite National Park at least 10 times.

Your favorite city in the world is...and why?

I loved living in Merced, CA. It's a small town in the central valley, home to the newest UC school. It has amazing views of Yosemite and it's close to everything California has to offer... plus, no snow!

In your spare time (or if you had spare time), you would absolutely do this:

Build a fireplace in my living room!

Share an interesting fact or a special skill:

I really enjoy going to the zoo and learning about the animals; my favorite is the sloth bear.

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include...

Stephen Dubner, Kyle Richards, and Donald Glover.

You cannot start the day without doing this...

Coffee and a walk with my dog.

Long-term personal or professional goal:

Complete a study with non-human primates.

What fictional family would you like to join?

The Belchers
Read Allison's bold insights
March 16, 2023

Instead of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to research, collaboration between manufacturers and human factors research teams can create trusted partnerships and a focus on designing valuable products.

February 27, 2023

To boost adoption of IoT devices, medical device manufacturers should consider four key questions to gain insights into user contexts and perceptions.

February 22, 2023

When used with proper consideration, VR can be a fantastic tool in the researcher’s toolkit.

February 14, 2023

Ethnographic research helps identify nuances to create a more robust understanding of users, identifying unexpected insights that may not show themselves until much later in the product development process.

January 25, 2023

With a few considerations and thoughtful planning, research that includes the a11y community can effectively collect data while ensuring a respectful participant experience to help design products that meet the needs of all users.

November 14, 2022

By being thoughtful of the research process and unique needs of participants, researchers can champion inclusion of those with accessibility needs in research, resulting in better designed products.


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4 make-or-break considerations for health IoT ecosystems

All too often, medical device manufacturers roll out Internet of Things (IoT) devices that struggle to satisfy users and be adopted at scale. That’s in part because health IoT doesn’t exist in a void. Each device fits into a broader ecosystem that includes other...

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