People in LSAP

Imagine an education where the faculty's research shapes the teaching community’s knowledge about learning and has been honored at local, national, and global levels. The Learning Sciences and Policy program currently has 16 faculty members, of which 100 percent hold a doctorate. Their experience and enthusiasm is passed along to our students, creating the next generation of knowledgeable researchers and policymakers.

Wouldn’t you want an expert in your field teaching you?

  • Faculty


  • Akiva, Tom

  •      My research focuses on organized activities that
  •      youth attend during out-of-school time (OST) and
  •      what these voluntary environments can teach us
  •      about learning. 
  •  
  •  
  • Bachman, Heather

  •      I apply a psychological approach to 
  •      education research that relies heavily
  •      on a bioecological framework to capture
  •      the complexity of interrelations among
  •      distal (e.g., SES, policy) and proximal (e.g.,
  •      parenting, classroom instruction) factors
  •      that shape children’s school readiness skills
  •      and academic achievement. 
  •  
  • Correnti, Richard
  •      Dr. Correnti's research interests include how
  •      educational innovations influence teacher
  •      practice and how teacher practice influences
  •      student learning. 
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Crowley, Kevin

  •      I am director of the University of Pittsburgh
  •      Center for Learning in Out-of-School
  •      Environments (UPCLOSE), which is a project
  •      of the Learning Research and Development
  •      Center and the School of Education.  Dr. Crowley
  •      is also the LSAP program faculty chair.
  •  
  •  
  • Greeno, James

  •      Jim Greeno is an Adjunct Professor in the
  •      LSAP program, a Center Associate at LRDC,
  •      and an Emeritus Professor of Education at 
  •      Stanford University.

 

 

  •  

  • Hamilton, Laura

  •      Laura Hamilton is a senior behavioral scientist
  •      and research quality assurance manager at the
  •      RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee
  •      RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct faculty
  •      member in the University of Pittsburgh's
  •      Learning Sciences and Policy program. 
  •  
  •  

  • Matsumura, Lindsay Clare

  •      I am an Associate Professor in the Learning
  •      Sciences and Policy Program and a Reseach
  •      Scientist at the Learning Research and
  •      Development Center. 
  •  
  •  
  • Nokes-Malach, Timothy

  •      I am an Associate Professor of Psychology and
  •      a Research Scientist at the Learning Research
  •      and Development Center at the University of
  •      Pittsburgh.

 

 

  • Russell, Jennifer Lin

  •      Jennifer Lin Russell is an assistant professor of
  •      Learning Sciences and Policy in the School of
  •      Education and a research scientist at the
  •      Learning Research and Development Center
  •      (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh.
  •  

     

  • Schunn, Christian

  •      Christian Schunn is a Senior Scientist at the
  •      LRDC and a Professor of Psychology,
  •      Learning Sciences and Policy, and Intelligent
  •      Systems at the University of Pittsburgh.
  •  
  •  

  • Stein, Mary Kay

  •      I hold a joint appointment at the University of
  •      Pittsburgh as Professor of Learning Sciences
  •      and Policy and Senior Scientist at the Learning
  •      Research and Development Center.  

 

 

  • Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth

  •      The goal of my research program is to
  •      strengthen understanding about how key
  •      contexts support learning and socioemotional
  •      development during the transition to school and
  •      the elementary school years.

 

  • Wang, Ming-Te

  •      Dr. Ming-Te Wang is Assistant Professor of
  •      Psychology and Education and Research
  •      Scientist at the LRDC. He holds joint
  •      appointments in the School of Education,
  •      Department of Psychology, and the Learning
  •      Research & Development Center.

 

  • Post-Docs


  • Moore, Debra

  •      Debra Moore has an M.A. in Research
  •      Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh
  •      and is currently a doctoral candidate finishing
  •      her dissertation in the same program.  

Ph.D. Students


  • Bonnette, Rachel

  •      Rachel has a background in film and animation,
  •      law, and public policy.  She is focused on
  •      improving outcomes and equity in education
  •      for disadvantaged children.
  •     

 

  • Hannan, Maggie

  •      Before coming to Pitt to study education policy,
  •      Maggie spent much of her time reading old
  •      books and teaching college composition
  •      courses. 
  •  
  •  

  • Higashi, Ross

  •      Ross is a first-year doctoral student in the
  •      Learning Sciences and Policy program at
  •      the University of Pittsburgh. 
  •  

 

 

  • Hofkens, Tara

  •     Profile forthcoming...
  •  
  •  

  •  

  •  

  • Kehoe, Stacy

  •      I'm a second-year doctoral student in the
  •      Learning Sciences and Policy Ph.D.
  •      program at the University of Pittsburgh. 
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Kelly, Katelynn
  •      I'm a first year graduate student interested in
  •      mathematics education and the use of logic
  •      and proof to promote thorough conceptual
  •      understanding. 
  •  
  •  

 

  • Navarro, Monica
  •      Monica's research interests include exploring
  •      different contextual factors that could
  •      potentially influence early childhood
  •      mathematics.
  •  

 

  •  
  • Povis, Kaleen
  •      I research informal learning environments in
  •      order to better understand how to design
  •      inviting spaces where learning enriches lives.  
  •      My work focuses on how museum visitors
  •      engage with exhibit spaces, content, and
  •      labeling, as well as with each other.
  •  
  •  
  •  

  • Quintana, Rafael

  •      Rafael is interested in the underlying
  •      assumptions and consequences of traditional
  •      schooling and how non-traditional or non-formal
  •      types of education might be better for certain
  •      individuals or purposes.  Rafael earned a BA in
  •      philosophy at Universidad Nacional de Colombia,
  •      and a Master's in philosophy and cognitive
  •      science at École normale supérieure in Paris.
  •  
  • Schuchardt, Anita

  •      Anita Schuchardt has BA in Biological Sciences
  •      from Cornell, and a PhD in genetics and
  •      development from Columbia University.
  •  
  •  

  •  

  • Stelitano, Laura

  •      Laura is a first-year student in the LSAP
  •      Ph.D. program at the U. of Pittsburgh. Her 
  •      research interests include initiatives, 
  •      policies, and practices that impact students 
  •      with disabilities and their teachers.  

 

  • Steiner, Mary Ann

  •      Mary Ann's career has been shaped by 18
  •      years spent at the Science Museum of
  •      Minnesota, establishing a center where teens
  •      developed/presented informal science 
  •      experiences to the public.
  •  
  • Vincent Ruz, Paulette

  •      MADE IN MEXICO. I'm a first-year doctoral
  •      student in the Learning Sciences and Policy
  •      Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. 
  •  

 

 

  • Walsh, Maggie

  •      Maggie obtained her BS in psychology and BA in
  •      philosophy from Jacksonville University, and later
  •      her MA in Social Sciences from the University of
  •      Chicago.  Maggie is interested in researching
  •      how social-psychological and contextual factors
  •      impact instruction and learning.
  •  
  •  
  • Witherspoon, Eben

  •      Eben's research interests include student
  •      engagement and teacher instructional 
  •      strategies in informal and formal learning
  •      environments.  Prior to joining LSAP, Eben
  •      taught mathematics, coached soccer, and 
  •      mentored a FIRST Robotics team in Detroit.

 

Research Associates/Specialists


  • Iriti, Jennifer

  •  
  •      Dr. Iriti is a Research Associate and Co-Director
  •      of the Evaluation for Learning Group at the
  •      University of Pittsburgh¹s Learning Research &
  •      Development Center. 
  •  

  • Knutson, Karen

  •      Karen Knutson's work focuses on
  •      understanding visitor learning and
  •      organizational practices in museums, and
  •      the ways in which academic disciplines
  •      are designed and enacted in informal
  •      learning environments. 
  •  
  •  
  • Louw, Marti

  •      Louw's design research practice spans a
  •      range of educational media environments
  •      including broadcast television, websites,
  •      multimedia exhibits and informal learning venues
  •                                  from museum to everyday public spaces. 
  •  
  • Prine, Deanna Weber

  •      Deanna is the Research Program Manager for
  •      the Learning Policy Center at the Learning
  •      Research and Development Center, where she
  •      supports numerous research grants.  She also
  •      helps to manage the LSAP Ph.D. program.