HeatherBrightHeather Patterson is a cognitive scientist and privacy scholar who investigates how people understand and manage privacy and information flows when navigating emerging socio-technological environments. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs and an Affiliate Scholar at New York University’s Information Law Institute.

Heather received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.  She subsequently held a two-year privacy research fellowship at NYU’s Information Law Institute, where she researched contextual privacy under the guidance of Dr. Helen Nissenbaum.  She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.