Kathryn Gwizdala

Researcher

Kathryn has multidisciplinary expertise and training in neuroscience, physiology, psychology, and kinesiology. She has worked with special populations and underrepresented ethnic minorities for health behavior interventions. This past experience fuels her drive to help individuals who are at a disadvantage live more independent and healthy lifestyles. Kathryn holds a BS in Neuroscience and a PhD in Kinesiology (concentration in cognitive and motor neuroscience) from Michigan State University.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

I grew up in a school system with deaf and hard of hearing programs, so I’ve known sign language my whole life. I still love to practice by signing to songs.

Your favorite part of working at Bold Insight:

The supportive and open communicative culture that has been curated here is absolutely unreal.

Favorite quote:

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

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

Chicago. There is so much this city offers but the best part is the people; they make you feel at home.

Long-term personal or professional goal?

I am a SCUBA diver and would love to do a Great Lakes shipwreck dive. You train for it in a dry suit because the lakes are so cold.

Favorite book:

My favorite book series is The Sword of Truth. If I discover that someone loves fantasy or is looking for something new to read, I suggest it.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given:

Treat yourself as you would treat others. That sounds backwards, but it’s easy to put others’ needs before your own; be kind to yourself, too.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

I enjoy running 5Ks for charities!
Read Kathryn's bold insights
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.

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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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