In September 2023, Chiara Ogan will begin graduate studies at the Wright Institute in counseling psychology. Her anticipated graduation date is 2026. After her associateship, she plans to open a private practice in San Francisco weaving together modern counseling and therapy theories and practices with a mindfulness and Buddhist psychology approach. Her biggest interest is working with adults with chronic pain, and how to help them come to terms with their condition and navigate the changes it brings to their life. She am also interested in working with adults going through major life changes, experiencing grief, and exploring contemplative and palliative care opportunities.
For over 12 years, Chiara ran 3 Cats Studio, a successful user experience design and information architecture consultancy. Chiara was an international speaker and teacher, speaking at conferences such as the IA Summit and UX Week. She’s led workshops on information architecture and experience design across the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. Chiara specialized in designing experiences for organizations with large content repositories. Before opening 3 Cats Studio in 2011, Chiara was a senior experience designer at Adaptive Path for seven years. While at Adaptive Path she worked with a wide range of clients on websites, intranets, and set-top boxes. She developed the curriculum for Adaptive Path’s UX Intensive Information Architecture Workshop.
Chiara served as the senior information architect for PeopleSoft, an enterprise software company. She implemented a unified information architecture across the public website, customer extranet, and partner extranet in a single CMS. The information architecture was later expanded to include 23 international sites. Before joining PeopleSoft, Chiara was an information architect at Argus Associates, a pioneering information architecture design firm.
Chiara received her Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She spent ten years working in public and scientific libraries as a cataloger and reference librarian before devoting herself to the web full-time.