Nice to Meet You!
My name is Joseph, a current MS-HCI student at Georgia Tech. I am a curiosity-driven UX researcher based in Atlanta, GA, determined to better understand the behaviors, motivations, and needs of users through user research.
Transitioning from an associate’s degree in psychology to a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science to now a master’s degree in human-computer interaction, my journey has always been fueled by a deep interest in understanding people’s behaviors. I have found that evidence-based decision-making is not only integral to the success of a product but is also important to ensure the best experience for the end-user.
“Supposing is good, but finding out is better”
-Mark Twain
Headshot of myself in a suit on the UCLA campus
Academic Publications

Yixuan, Z., Suhaimi, N., Yongsatianchot, N., Gaggiano, J., Kim, M., Patel, S., Sun, Y., Marsella, S., Griffin, J., & Parker, A. (2022). Shifting Trust: Examining How Trust and Distrust Emerge, Transform, and Collapse in COVID-19 Information Seeking. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (to appear CHI ‘22)

Gaggiano, J., Preiss, M., Yang, A., & Xu, Y. (2020, July 17). Habits During Instrumental Learning are Associated with Impaired Selectivity for Remembering Important Information on a Separate Memory Task. Retrieved from

Outside of Work

When I’m not seeking to unearth user insights, you can often find me working out at the gym, trying new foods at recommended restaurants, or enjoying the outdoors with my dog, Reya. Feel free to drop me a line!

Me on the left of the picture next to my dog Reya
Me on the far left, Lily (group member) on my right, Jenny (group member) on the right of Lily, and Sheliza (group member) on the far right
Graduation photos of myself after graduating from UCLA
Me sitting on the left, my dog Reya in the middle of the photo, and my friend Katelin on the right
Me holding up a Georgia Tech long sleeve shirt after I got into the MS-HCI program
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