Catherine Tryfona

Department: Senior Management

Office/Location: Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6359


Staff Overview

​I am Head of Department for Applied Computing and Engineering in Cardiff School of Technologies, where I support a team of academics who research and teach in a range of disciplines from Electronics Engineering and Robotics to Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems. As a Principal Lecturer in Software Engineering, I also contribute to the teaching in Programming, Mobile App Development and Team Project Development. My career in Higher and Further Education has afforded me the opportunity to work with diverse cohorts of learners, having taught computing-based subjects, astronomy and basic skills on campus and out in the community. Prior to entering education, I worked as a software engineer and consultant both in the UK and abroad. My focus was on requirements analysis, user-interface design and programming. This gave me the opportunity to forge and maintain relations with a wide range of partners in industries such as pharmaceuticals, car manufacturing and maritime shipping, as well as the public sector and local authority government. 


​I have taught on a range of subjects, including the fundamentals of programming, mobile app design and development, along with professional project development. I enjoy supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking their final year projects and dissertations, particularly in areas such as technology development to support neurodiversity, science communication and global health. 


My research largely explores human-computer interaction and the sociological aspects of technology. I am particularly interested in how technology affects people, organisations and society and how our relationship with technology changes over time. My current research focuses on how mobile computing technology helps autistic individuals and their families within religious and spiritual contexts, and how others might perceive that use. 

I am also more broadly interested in technology acceptance and use within religious communities.

My research addresses questions around how technology can help facilitate diversity, inclusivity and belonging and improve global health initiatives. 

Key Publications

Tryfona, C., Crick, T., Calderon, A., Thorne, S., (2017) Software Requirements Engineering in Digital Healthcare: A Case Study of the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children in the UK’s National Health Service, International Conference on Digital Human Modelling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management, 91-98, Springer

Tryfona, C., Oatley, G, Calderon, A., Thorne, S., (2016) M-Health solutions to support the National Health Service in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children, International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, 249-256, Springer

Calderon, A., Tryfona, C. (2015) Astrobiology App for Kids: Software as a Cognitive Prosthetic for Conceptualization of Astronomical Theories, GetMobile: Mobile Computing and Communications, 19 (2), 23-27, ACM 

Tryfona, C., Tryfonas, T. Levy, J., Hughes, N., (2013) Personal Tutoring and Key Skills Developing in Higher Education – Experiences and Challenges, HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013

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