Selam! I am a Graduate Research Assistant at Brown HCI directed by Jeff Huang. My research interests focus on creating scalable eHealth systems based off Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for improved mental health.

My Bachelors is in Computer Science from NUCES in Lahore, Pakistan. Before joining Brown, I worked on the intersection of design and technology to improve the psychological and educational impact of everyday tech. I had the fortunate experience to lead these projects at CHISEL under the supervision of Suleman Shahid and Mobin Javed.


September 2021: I started grad school at Brown HCI.

August 2021: I resigned from my position as a Product Lead from CHISEL, LUMS.

Research Projects

Corona Assisted: Pakistan’s first COVID-19 awareness platform that showcases educational material about the COVID-19 including, the basics of the virus, protective measures, searchable hospitals in the region, myth busters, and FAQs.

HumQadam (Securing Activists for Freedom and Empowerment): A learning tool designed to strengthen Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Pakistan. The application provides rapid information regarding the legal actions for different forms of violence against women. [app]


Designing Parental Monitoring and Control Technology: A Systematic Review
Zainab Iftikhar, Osama Younus, Taha Sardar, Hammad Arif, Mobin Javed, and Suleman Shahid IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 676-700. Springer, Cham, 2021. [paper]

Technology, Privacy, and User Opinions of COVID-19 Mobile Apps for Contact Tracing: Systematic Search and Content Analysis
Mahmoud Elkhodr, Omar Mubin, Zainab Iftikhar, Maleeha Masood, Belal Alsinglawi, Suleman Shahid, and Fady Alnajjar Journal of Medical Internet Research 23(2), 2020. [paper]

Last Updated on 10/13/2022 by Zainab Iftikhar