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Ralph Vacca

Ralph Vacca



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PhD, Educational Communication & Technology, New York University

Biography and Research Interests

Ralph specializes in the use of design methodologies to explore how digital media can be developed and used to support emotional wellbeing, with a particular focus on the role of culture and data. Before joining the Fordham faculty, he co-founded a successful technology company focused on the design of mental health simulations.

Selected Publications

Vacca, R. (2017). Biculturalism: Examining Adolescent Latinas’ Perspectives on Social Technologies for Emotional Support. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Interaction Design & Children Conference. Stanford, California.


Vacca, R. (2017). Reconciling Cognitive Reappraisal and Body Awareness in a Digital Mindfulness Experience. Proceedings of the HCI International 2017 Conference. Vancouver, Canada.


Vacca, R. (2016). Designing for Interactive Loving and Kindness Meditation on Mobile. Proceedings of the CHI for Good 2016 Conference. San Jose, California.


Vacca, R. (2015). Media Literacy: Using a Game to Prompt Self-Reflection on Truth Biases. Press Start: Journal of Game Studies, 2(2): 20-34.

Courses Taught

DTEM 2411: Digital Research Methods
DTEM 2417: Data Visualization
NMDD 3450: User Experience Design
DTEM 2413: Participatory Methods
NMDD 3150: Creative Coding