Shauna Gordon-McKeon

About

I'm a developer, researcher and writer who focuses on open technologies and the communities that build and use them. My background in research psychology and my years of experience as a developer for both lab and web have convinced me: it's vital to understand both human and machine if you want to build technology which makes a difference.

Currently, my focus is on building an open science platform with Rapid Science, a nonprofit that aims to encourage collaboration in translational science and medicine. As Chief Technologist, I'm responsible for the design and development of our main product, the Rapid Learning Platform.

I am always happy to talk about potential collaborations, so if you have an idea or an opportunity, please get in touch. I am also available for short term consulting, which I provide pro bono for open source & non-profit organizations.

Speaking

I have spoken at dozens of conferences, meetups, and community events. Highlights include:

This fall, I'll be giving my first keynote at SeaGL.

Writing

The majority of my writing can be found on my personal blog. I also write at several other places around the web:

Web Development

I create websites and web applications for individuals and organizations looking to have an impact online. For static sites and simple blogs I prefer to use Bootstrap and Wordpress, but for applications I work in Django. I am handy with HTML/CSS and capable of customizing a theme as needed (e.g. this site), but I'm also happy to work with your designer.

I am adamant about writing well-documented, maintainable code using industry standard tools. I want my clients to have the freedom to work with other developers and to make changes themselves if they're interested. For simple static sites, I am happy to teach you how to do basic editing and adding of content.

If you're interested in working together, contact me.

Research

I've done all kinds of research, from observing monkeys* to analyzing vials of peoples' spit** to sticking people in giant magnets and asking them questions about their morals***.

These days I'm more focused on secondary research: meta-analysis, systematic review, and metascience. I explore the hidden biases and structural limitations that impede our ability to answer important scientific and medical questions. I am available for consulting and small-scale contract work, including mentorship of data science newcomers interested in learning about tools like R and NumPy/SciPy/Pandas.

I also occasionally do research reviews of specific medical conditions for clients.

Last year, I asked some of my colleagues to collaborate on an open recommendation letter for a fellowship application. The following was my favorite part:

"Shauna gets things done, from running events to building useful technology and sharing knowledge, and always empowers others in the process. She is a shining example of the potential of empathy + technology + open communities to change the world."