I currently work for Google as a User Experience Researcher on the Cloud Platform. I am a 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellow to Canada, the 2012 recipient of the UW Graduate School Medal, and a 2010 Google US Anita Borg Memorial Scholar. I received my PhD in Information Science from the Information School at the University of Washington and I was an affiliated graduate student in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Canadian Studies Center. Additionally, I am a 2008 alumna of the Executive Master of Science in Information Management program at the Information School.

My primary academic research investigates the role of information systems and technologies in the lives of homeless young people. My supervisor in this work is Associate Professor David G. Hendry. You can see a video of a talk I gave at Seattle Town Hall on March 9, 2014. My work with homeless young people has been featured in an article and slide show on the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth website, was the front page story in the June 12, 2013 edition of Real Change News and was featured on May 25, 2013 in Monica Guzman's column in the Seattle Times. My work has also been written about in American Libraries magazine, the UW Daily and in the Seattle City Living newspaper.

I am also the project lead for Friends of Homeless Young People, a community-based group. Our current project is Music is My Life - a show of art work by homeless young people. The art work consists of drawings and stories by 129 homeless young people, aged 15-25. These drawings and stories are about musical devices which might help homeless young people and were created between February-August 2012. Homeless young people requested that their drawings and stories be included in a public art show. Since May 2013, Music is My Life has appeared in Seattle at Molly’s Café at the Henry Art Gallery (University of Washington), the Command Print - Art & Apparel gallery, and YouthCare. The show is currently in Vancouver, BC where it has been on display at Coast Mental Health Resource Center and the University of British Columbia with a show upcoming at Vancouver Public Library.

Publications

Music is my life: Disseminating design research to the community
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
Designing Interactive Systems, 2014. PWiP (PDF)
Asking about health: Enabling empathy in research with homeless young people
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014, 2014. Workshop paper (PDF)
Engaging homeless young people in HCI research
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
interactions - A bimonthly publication of the ACM, 2014. Article (PDF)
Coding manual for barriers and solutions to employment for homeless young people
Jill Palzkill Woelfer, Thuy T. Duong and David G Hendry
University of Washington Technical Report, 2013. Technical Report (PDF)
Coding manual for “What will it take to end homelessness?
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
University of Washington Technical Report, 2013. Technical Report (PDF)
A Value Sensitive Action-Reflection Model: Evolving a Co-Design Space with Stakeholder and Designer Prompts
Daisy Yoo, Alina Huldtgren, Jill Palzkill Woelfer, David G Hendry and Batya Friedman
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. Full Paper (PDF)
Vulnerable or susceptible? Designing for and with homeless young people
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. Workshop Paper (PDF)
The role of music in the lives of homeless young people: A preliminary report
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and Jin Ha Lee
Annual Meeting of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, 2012. Paper (oral presentation) (PDF)
Homeless young people on social network sites Homeless young people on social network sites
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. Full Paper (PDF)
The role of music in the lives of homeless young people in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC The role of music in the lives of homeless young people in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. Doctoral Symposium (PDF)
Designing ubiquitous information systems for homeless young people: Precaution and a way forward
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 2011. Journal Article (PDF)
How to integrate digital media into a drop-in for homeless young people for deepening relationships between youth and adults
David G Hendry, Jill Palzkill Woelfer, Rowena Harper, Tyler Bauer, Brynn Fitzer and Michael Champagne
Children & Youth Services Review, 2011. Journal Article (PDF)
Homeless young people and technology: Ordinary interactions, extraordinary circumstances
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
interactions - A bimonthly publication of the ACM, 2011. Article (PDF)
Homeless young people and living with personal digital artifacts
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011. Full Paper (PDF)
Improving the safety of homeless young people with mobile phones: Values, form, and function
Jill Palzkill Woelfer, Amy Iverson, David G Hendry, Batya Friedman and Brian Gill
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011. Full Paper (PDF)
Homelessness and information systems: Diverse settings, common questions
David G Hendry, Julie Hersberger, Christopher Le Dantec, Bonnie Nardi and Jill Palzkill Woelfer
iConference, 2011. Alternative Event (PDF)
Homeless young people’s experiences with information systems: Life and work in a community technology center Homeless young people’s experiences with information systems: Life and work in a community technology center
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
Trouble-spotting photoshows: Capturing everday HCI experiences
Jill Palzkill Woelfer
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2010. Work in Progress (PDF)
Stabilizing homeless young people with information and place
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2009. Journal Article (PDF)
Designing for homeless young people: Precaution in ubiquitous computing
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2009. Workshop paper (PDF)
Creating a community technology center for homeless young people: Preliminary experience report
Jill Palzkill Woelfer and David G Hendry
International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 2009. Workshop paper (PDF)
Value considerations in an information ecology: Printed materials, service agencies, and homeless young people
Jill Palzkill Woelfer, Megan W.-M. Yeung, Candice G. Erdmann and David G Hendry
American Society for Information Science and Technology, Annual Meeting, 2008. Short paper/poster (PDF)