HeatherPatterson_headshot2016Heather Patterson is a cognitive scientist and privacy scholar who investigates how people understand and manage information flows when navigating emerging socio-technological environments. She is a Sr. 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 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.