Melanie’s research experience started almost 10 years ago while completing a BA in Psychology. During her psych degree one particular lecture about Human-Factors and UX really stood out to her. After her undergrad and a brief stint in Italy, she found herself missing research and academia. She continued to think about that lecture and how she could work in that field. This eventually led her to completing an MA in Human-Computer Interaction. While in HCI, her thesis focused on Virtual Reality and Human Perception. After graduation, Melanie returned back to Italy for a slightly longer stint and then returned to Canada. She currently works at Shopify in Toronto as a UX Researcher.