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Rachel Adler


Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Information Sciences




  • Biography

    Rachel Adler is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she co-directs the Information Experience and Accessibility Lab. Adler's research interests are in human-computer interaction, accessibility, and computing education. She is particularly interested in designing applications for and with people with disabilities. Some of her recent projects include co-designing a mobile health application to empower cancer survivors with disabilities, co-designing a mobile health peer navigator intervention for people with disabilities, and creating simulation games to teach students about accessible design.


    Ph.D., Computer Science, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

  • Research

    Research areas:

    • Human-computer interaction

    • Accessibility

    • Computing education

    Research interests:

    • Computer supported cooperative work

    • Health, medical, and bioinformatics

    • Diversity and social justice

    At the Beckman Institute, Adler will collaborate with Dr. Deana McDonagh ((dis)Ability Design Studio), working together with students interested in the topic of accessible design and particularly making STEM settings more accessible.

  • 2023

    • Adler, R. F. and Kletenik, D. (2023). Accessibility for All: Introducing IT Accessibility in Postsecondary Computer Science Programs for K-12 Teachers. Practice brief. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (JPED), 36(1), 103-108.
    • Adler, R. F., Hibdon, J., Kim, H., Mayle, S., Pines, B., and Srinivas, S. (2023). Assessing Computational Thinking across a STEM Curriculum for Pre-Service Teachers. Education and Information Technologies, 28, 8051-8073.
    • Adler, R. F., Paley, A., Li Zhao, A., Pack, H., Servantez, S., Pah, A. R., Hammond, K., SCALES OKN Consortium. (2023). A User-Centered Approach to Developing an AI System Analyzing U.S. Federal Court Data. Artificial Intelligence and Law, 31, 547-570.
    • Kletenik, D. and Adler, R. F. (2023). Who Wins: A Comparison of Accessibility Simulation Games vs. Classroom Modules. In The 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE'23), (pp. 214-220).
    • Winters, C. A., Marshall, H. K., Victorson, D. E., Adler, R. F. & Magasi, S. (2023). Does the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) Capture the Complex Experiences of Cancer Survivors? A Mixed Methods Approach, Occupational Therapy In Health Care, 49(1).


    • Adler R. F. Morales P., Sotelo J., Magasi S. (2022). Developing an mHealth App for Empowering Cancer Survivors with Disabilities: Co-Design Study. JMIR Formative Research, 6(7), e37706.
    • Kletenik, D. and Adler, R. F. (2022). Let's Play: Increasing Accessibility Awareness and Empathy Through Games. In The 53nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE'22), (pp. 182-188).


    • Paley, A., Li Zhao, A., Pack, H., Servantez, S., Adler, R. F., Sterbentz, M., Pah, A., Schwartz, D., Barrie, C., Einarssan, A., and Hammond, K. (2021). From Data to Information: Automating Data Science to Explore the U.S. Court System. In The 18th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2021), (pp. 119-128).


    • Adler, R. F. and Beck, K. (2020). Developing an Introductory Computer Science Course for Pre-service Teachers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28(3), 519-541.


    • Iacobelli, F., Adler, R. F., Buitrago, D., Buscemi, J., Corden, M. E., Perez-Tamayo, A., Penedo, F. J., Rodriguez, M., Yanez, B. R. (2018). Designing an mHealth application to bridge health disparities in Latina breast cancer survivors: a community-supported design approach. Design for Health, 2(1), 58-76.