Danae Holmes

Human Factors Researcher

I obtained my doctorate in Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction from Rice University. My academic research focused on the usability, design, and accessibility of voting systems. I currently work at X, formerly known as Google[x] as a user experience research assistant. I improve the user experience and help drive the design of Google[x] special projects through various research methods and collaboration with engineers, designers, and UX researchers. I work in a fast paced environment and am adept at producing quality work in an efficient manner. Please view my Research page for an overview of my academic research projects. Feel free to download my Resume.



  • May 2015

    Rice University

    Ph.D. in Psychology

    Human-Computer Interaction
    Dissertation: Checking Your Answers: An Investigation of Direct Recording Electronic Voting System Review Screen Design

  • May 2013

    Rice University

    M.A. in Psychology

    Human-Computer & Interaction
    Thesis: Vote-By-Phone: Usability of an IVR Voting System with Adjustable Audio Speed

  • December 2009

    University of Texas at Dallas

    B.S. in Cognitive Science

    Areas of Concentration:
    Human-Computer Interaction, Cognition and Neuroscience

Related Experience

  • February 2015 - Present

    X, formerly known as Google[x]

    User Experience Research Assistant

    • Created study plans, surveys, and interview scripts to conduct rapid usability studies impacting software and hardware design decisions and creating UX product requirements for Project Wing

    • Recruited and interviewed potential partners, target end users, and subject matter experts for persona, value proposition, and use case development for UAV, robotics, and virtual reality projects

    • Conducted literature reviews across early stage projects, including UAVs, virtual reality, and robotics, to provide a better understanding of the domain and best practices

    • Concisely conveyed results to an interdisciplinary team of UX and industrial designers, engineers, and director-level leads
  • June 2014 - December 2014

    Rice University Fondren Library

    User Experience Assistant

    • Designed usability surveys for the improvement of Fondren Library website

    • Performed user testing and usability evaluations on Fondren Library website

    • Optimized organization and ergonomics of Fondren Library study rooms
  • August 2013 – December 2014


    Usability Consultant

    • Identified areas of improvement and compared usability of similar sites to their own through user testing

    • Ensured Section 508 and W3C compliance for CMedEd.com and improved accessible navigation

    • Improved navigational structure, presentation of information, and performed heuristic evaluation of CMedEd.com resulting in increased usability and NPS scores
  • August 2013 – May 2014

    Rice University IT Web Services

    Usability Specialist

    • Improved site navigation and consistency via implemented suggestions from a heuristic evaluation

    • Organize and lead focus groups for apply.rice.edu and it.rice.edu websites resulting in usability improvements

    • Clearly communicated usability findings and recommendations to clients
  • August 2010 - December 2014

    Human Factors Research Laboratory

    Research Assistant

    • Designed and constructed a fully interactive electronic voting interface using HTML5/Javascript

    • Designed and constructed a research grade novel auditory voting platform using Visual Basic

    • Proposed, designed, and conducted extensive usability research on electronic and auditory/accessible voting platforms

    • Created, administered, and assessed surveys

    • Recruited participants from targeted populations (visually impaired, voting population)

    • Used statistical data analysis to determine validity of an auditory voting system and alternative electronic review methods

    • Concisely presented research findings in multiple modalities to audiences inexperienced with the topic
  • March 2010 – August 2010

    KRK Medical Research

    Clinical Research Recruiting Specialist

    • Screened and recruited participants for various clinic drug trials

    • Maintained accurate and updated information in participant database

    • Managed participant scheduling with research coordinators
  • May 2009 – August 2010

    University of Texas Southwestern

    Student Research Intern-Dallas Heart Study

    • Recruited former Dallas Heart study participants for longitudinal study data updates

    • Administered surveys to participants assessing current and past health and medical information

    • li>Prepared subjects for testing tasks such as MRIs, DEXA scans, and blood work



  • Use case development
  • Individual and contextual interviews
  • Survey development
  • Usability testing
  • Cognitive walkthroughs
  • Persona development
  • Task analysis
  • Data Analysis

  • Factor Analysis
  • T-Tests
  • Linear/Logistic Regression
  • Chi-Square Tests
    • Java, JavaScript, HTML5
    • Dreamweaver,SPSS, JMP, Office, Visual Basic


    • Rice University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship

      $15,000/year fellowship and tuition waiver

      Houston, TX.

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

      Houston Chapter

      Houston, TX.

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

      National Chapter

      Houston, TX.

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