• 543 Citations
1978 …2018
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Research Interests

Dr. O'Keefe's work is highly interdisciplinary. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she served as Director of the University of Michigan Media Union, a center for interdisciplinary study and application of emerging digital media. Much of her work is focused on developing and applying systems for content analysis of communication in studies of life-span communication development. She has also had a long-term interest in the application of interactive computing to support cooperative work and learning. She was a co-PI on Project CITY, a project funded by the NSF for 3 years to study human-centered design of collaboration technology to support sustainable management of civil infrastructure in a public works department. She has been involved in several additional studies of the use of interactive computing to support scientific and engineering teams. She has also studied and developed computer-based tools to support instruction and learning in communication and engineering education. Her work at the University of Michigan Media Union involved (1) development of an enterprise-wide learning technology infrastructure to allow faculty to use the web more effectively in their teaching; (2) management of the advanced technology facilities of the Media Union, including high-performance computing and networking, visualization and virtual reality technologies, and digital media production and post-production facilities; and (3) nurturing cross-disciplinary teams involved in applications of leading-edge technologies across the disciplines. She is currently part of a multi-institutional team, funded by the National Science Foundation, that is working to organize the available knowledge about interactive media for children and collaborating with industry partners to improve children's access to high-quality media.

Education/Academic qualification

Speech Communication, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speech Communication, AM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speech Communication, AB, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Grants 2001 2018

Research Output 1978 2013

  • 543 Citations
  • 17 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Conference article
  • 1 Conference contribution
6 Citations (Scopus)

Message design logic and the management of multiple goals

O'Keefe, B. J., Nov 5 2013, Understanding Face-to-face Interaction: Issues Linking Goals and Discourse. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 131-150 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

management
Logic

The Role of Interactive Media in Children's Cognitive Development

Wartella, E. A., O'Keefe, B. J. & Scantlin, R. M., Dec 13 2007, A Companion to Media Studies. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, p. 461-479 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

cognitive development
interactive media
communication technology
dialogue
10 Citations (Scopus)

Understanding media development: A framework and case study

O'Keefe, B. J. & Zehnder, S., Jan 1 2004, In : Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 25, 6 SPEC. ISS., p. 729-740 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Development
Motivation
Communication
Technology
Research

CITYSCAPE: Civil Infostructure Technology System for Collaborative Analysis, Prediction, and Evaluation

Jones, P. M., Chin, G., Lucenti, M., Kim, H. J., Stigberg, D., Sherman, G., Contractor, N. S., O'Keefe, B. J., Whitbred, R., Grobler, F., Case, M., Heckel, J., Lu, S. C. Y., Ganeshan, R. & Baskin, A., Dec 1 1997, In : Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. 3, p. 2223-2227 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Public works
Demonstrations

SPOT: Using collaborative technologies for developing collaborative technologies

Jacobs, J. L., Dorneich, M. C., Jones, P. M., O'Keefe, B. J. & Contractor, N. S., Dec 1 1997, In : Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. 1, p. 690-695 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognitive systems
Systems engineering
Speech communication
Social sciences
Project management