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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
460A West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Kathleen Durant, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis and Visualization

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, Harvard University
  • MSCS, Boston University
  • BS in Mathematical Studies/Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Biography

Kathleen Durant received her PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2008, with a thesis that modeled political sentiment and its temporal evolution from political web log posts. After that, she was a National Library of Medicine research fellow at Harvard Medical School, in the lab of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research at the lab investigated online cancer forums and the topics, sentiments, concerns and support provided by these online discussion groups. Recently, she has been the Director of Analytics and the Principal Scientist at Silverlink Communications, a small health care communications company, where her primary responsibility was to develop health care engagement models used to develop healthcare communication interventions in order to increase preventive care. She has taught courses at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science since 2013 and has been a computer professional for over thirty years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, collecting sea glass, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Field of research/teaching

  • Database design
  • Data science

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • CS1100 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS3200 Database Design
  • DSCS6020 Collecting, Storing and Retrieving Data