About Santa Barbara Human Factors

What we do.  Plan and implement qualitative research studies (UX, CX, marketing and brand), analyze and synthesize the results and provide strategic recommendations, along with other deliverables as needed by each project.

We creatively innovate new approaches for participant recruitment and experience research as needed in each project.

We'll work with our client's team or our team as needed to carry out projects or implement research recommendations.

  • Evaluation of user needs, attitudes, opinions, perceptions, behaviors and beliefs

  • User stories and use cases

  • Ethnographic studies and voice of customer

  • Evaluation of value proposition and MVP

  • User personas

  • Journey maps

  • Competitive analysis

  • Analytics studies

  • Usability testing of products and websites

  • Copy and content to speak to customers in their language

  • Strategic recommendations for product/service improvements

About Melanie B. Brewer, Ph.D.


Melanie has a B.A. in Physics from Reed College, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA and a Master's in Human Factors in Information Design from the McCallum School of Business at Bentley University in Boston.

She brings a unique combination of business acumen, qualitative research skillset and subject matter expertise in healthcare, life sciences and biomedical research.



After a successful career as a Ph.D. research scientist at UCLA and Caltech, with experience in web design and development since the inception of the world wide web, Melanie moved into program management at UCSF.  Her work there included development of a data visualization web application for hundreds of thousands of protein interactions distributed across the globe (gpsprot.org).  To bring together her passion for life sciences, communications and user experience (UX) research and design, she graduated with a Master's degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University, a #1 ranked Academic UX program.

She has worked with clients spanning a range of industries, including design/marketing agencies, consumer e-commerce companies, B2B companies, digital technology in the life sciences/healthcare space and startups.

In addition to Melanie's background in life sciences and biomedical research, she has more than 15 years experience in clinical medical practice management, giving her unique insight into the healthcare landscape.

View Melanie's published research on human disease, 3D domain swapping and data visualization, which has appeared in high impact journals, has been cited over 5,500 times and continues to be widely read and referenced.

Read Melanie’s articles on UX and user research.

To learn more about Melanie: visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/melaniebennettbrewer/


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