Ila Kumar

Affective Computing
  • Research Assistant

Ila is a research assistant and first-year master's student in the Affective Computing group at MIT Media Lab.  Her work focuses on collaboratively designing technology that can facilitate more inclusive and holistic mental health care for communities that need it.  

Some of her research interests include:

  • Integrating mental health care into social service, emergency department, and primary care settings
  • Building technology for substance use treatment that centers individual needs, promotes harm reduction, and reduces stigma
  • Improving the identification and treatment of trauma

Her work is grounded in the principles of Design Justice and Equity Centered Community Design, with the following goals:

  • Shift advantages to those who are currently systematically disadvantaged
  • Uplift the perspectives and ideas of those who will be most impacted

Prior to joining Media Lab, Ila spent 3 years designing technology to improve wellbeing in non-profit, academic, and health care settings. Before this, she completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ila is a research assistant and first-year master's student in the Affective Computing group at MIT Media Lab.  Her work focuses on collaboratively designing technology that can facilitate more inclusive and holistic mental health care for communities that need it.  

Some of her research interests include:

  • Integrating mental health care into social service, emergency department, and primary care settings
  • Building technology for substance use treatment that centers individual needs, promotes harm reduction, and reduces stigma
  • Improving the identification and treatment of trauma

Her work is grounded in the principles of Design Justice and Equity Centered Community Design, with the following goals:

  • Shift advantages to those who are currently systematically disadvantaged
  • Uplift the perspectives and ideas of those who will be most impacted

Prior to joining Media Lab, Ila spent 3 years designing technology to improve wellbeing in non-profit, academic, and health care settings. Before this, she completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.