Elizabeth Foss is a User Experience Researcher at Google. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. As a Ph.D. student, she conducted research in the areas of youth Internet search and designed technology with children in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and College of Information Studies at UMD.
Foss’ dissertation research focused longitudinally on how youth, ages 7–15, search the Internet. Starting in 2008, and revisiting the same participants in 2013, she conducted field interviews with youths who demonstrated their Internet search habits. The goal of this research was for educators, technology designers, parents, and researchers to use the search role framework to better support youths as searchers and to encourage better searching habits.
Foss also worked with an intergenerational design team in the HCIL, called Kidsteam, which used Cooperative Inquiry methods to create new technologies, and improve existing ones, for children by working directly with children throughout the entire design process.