Program/Areas of Interest
STEM Learning, Robotics and Computer Science, K-12, Informal, Design
Debra's research examines STEM learning in K-12 and informal environments. One line of this work explores approaches that increase CS engagement and learning to broaden participation of diverse and underserved audiences. A second line of work explores youth and professional engagement in design processes. Before joining TERC, Debra worked at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), and for the educational television show Blues Clues. Debra holds an MA in Educational Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Selected Publications & Presentations