Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Assistant Professor, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business

Leah Zhang-Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in interaction design and user experience research, a member of the Games Institute and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. Leah's research aims to understand and improve people’s digital experiences, knowledge, and technology practices, with particular focuses on computer security, online privacy, and digital literacy. She directs the Safe Interactions Lab at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo.

In her teaching and research, Leah truly believes in an interdisciplinary approach, integrating methods and analytical frameworks from multiple disciplines to examine a topic. In particular, she is interested in the forces at play in technology, users, and experiences. As technology changes rapidly, UX design and research will inevitably evolve with it.  She is excited to share what she has learned with her students, and as young people are the next generation of users and technologists, she hopes that they will have something to teach her as well.


  • Ph.D. (Computer Science), Carleton University, 2017
  • MASc. (Human-Computer Interaction), Carleton University, 2013
  • BDes. (Design), York University, 2007

Research and Teaching Interests

  • UX design and research
  • Digital arts and graphic design
  • HCI for kids
  • Usable privacy and security

Selected Design/Research Projects

Other Interests

In her spare time, Leah likes to reconnect with her roots in art and design. She is a practicing graphic designer and a book artist that specializes in marbled paper and medieval limp-bindings.

Contact Information:


Office:DMS 3126


Leah's Stratford Profile

University of Waterloo

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