• Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Aakash Gautam, Wendy Roldan, Lucy Pei, Jessa Dickinson, Azra Ismail, Betsy DiSalvo et al. "From Needs to Strengths: Operationalizing an Assets-Based Design of Technology." In Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 Journal on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, pp. 527-535. 2020.
  • Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Neha Kumar, and Betsy DiSalvo, (2019). The “Work of Bilingual Parent-Education Liaisons: Assembling Information Patchworks for Immigrant Parents.” Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 2019 Volume 3, Issue CSCW: pp 1-24.
  • Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Carl DiSalvo, Neha Kumar, and Betsy DiSalvo. "Culture in Action: Unpacking Capacities to Inform Assets-Based Design." In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-14. 2020. (Honorable Mention Award)
  • Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Neha Kumar, and Betsy DiSalvo. "The parenting actor-network of Latino immigrants in the United States." In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-12. 2019.
  • Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Betsy DiSalvo, and Neha Kumar. “Consejero automatico: chatbots for supporting Latino parents' educational engagement.” In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Ahmedabad, January 2019.
  • Wong-Villacres, Marisol, Ehsan, Upol, Solomon, Amber, Pozo Buil, Maria, and DiSalvo, Betsy, (2017). Design Guidelines for Parent-School Technologies to Support the Ecology of Parental Engagement. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children 2017, Stanford, June 2017.
  • Zhou, Rui, Wen, Zhonghe, Tang, Muchao, and DiSalvo, Betsy (2017). Navigating Media Use: Chinese Parents and Their Overseas Adolescent Children on WeChat. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2017, Edinbourgh, June 2017.
  • DiSalvo, Betsy, Khanipour Roshan, Parisa. and Morrison, Briana. (2016). Information Seeking Practices of Parents: Exploring Skills, Face Threats and Social Networks. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 623–634). ACM.
  • Roshan Khanipour, Parisa, Jacob, Maia, Dye, Michaelanne and DiSalvo, Betsy (2014) “Exploring How Parents in Economically Depressed Communities Access Learning Resources” Proceedings of the International ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (Group 2014), Sanibel Island, November 2014.
  • DiSalvo, Betsy and Roshan Khanipour, Parisa (2014) “Medium Probes: Exploring the Medium Not the Message”, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2014, Vancouver, June 2014. (Best Paper Award)
  • DiSalvo, Betsy, Reid, Cecili and Roshan Khanipour, Parisa (2014). “They Can't Find Us: The Search for Informal CS Education.” Proceedings of 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Atlanta, March 2014. (Acceptance rate 39%)



Students in the CAT Lab have been studying parents' access to information resources for over a decade.  This work started with a deep look at how parents with less formal education could access information about the many free CS tools. We found that they could not, a combination of the mismatch in vocabulary, search engine algorithms, and the site's lack of search engine optimization made it almost impossible for less technically savvy parents to help their children learn about computer science with online resources. 

From there the work expanded to better understand how parents across a broad range of background access and trusted online learning searches.  Eventually we narrowed the work to focus on Latino immigrants - work that was lead by a former student, Dr. Marisol Wong-Villacres