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PhD Graduates

Below is a list of PhD graduates from the department who have provided some autobiographical information and will likely be attending the re-union/symposium.

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Barr, Gordon


James Battaglia Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pain Medicine at CHOP

I took a relatively linear career path, but a more meandering personal path. During graduate school, I met and married Judy Gibbons. Both of us worked with Keck Moyer, and with Mike Crabtree, were his last three graduate students. Judy and I looked for jobs after CMU and found, quite by accident, a joint postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychopharmacology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine under the mentorship of Wagner Bridger. That was a great experience and really started my research career. After postdoctoral work, I took a job in psychology at Hunter College and was visiting faculty at Columbia University Medical Center. I worked at Hunter, a school I loved, for 30 years, running several NIH funded training programs for underrepresented minorities in the social sciences, becoming Chair of the Psychology Department, and a hardcore New Yorker. During this time I learned how to think like a developmental psychobiologist, was elected President of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, co-edited a book on methods, published, got grants. Long after Judy and I divorced, I met and re-married Iliana Robinson. We have two great boys, 16 and 19 years old (yes – I started late), one a sophomore in college (Gabriel) and the other a sophomore in high school (Lucas). In 2008, with my life settled and retirement not so distant, I was unexpectedly offered and ultimately accepted an endowed Chair as Director of Basic Science Research in Anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  So when I should be relaxing and enjoying the easy life, I am instead struggling to write grants and research publications, working any 60-70 hours/week that I wish. I rarely run these days, bike to work some, and am an avid tennis player of limited talent.

Baylor, George


Professor of Psychology, Université de Montréal (retired)

Research in chess, mental imagery, Piagetian tasks, and human dreams; traineeship in psychosynthesis. Currently working on a book of creative non-fiction based on a series of my own dreams while traveling in Spain. Meditator; avid gardener.

Bessey, Barbara


Retired, American Institutes for Research

I went to CMU to continue studying as a rat runner. But, after several years, I ended up in the CMU medical center with a severe case of asthma and difficulty breathing. I was told that, if I wanted to attend my graduation, that I should forego working with my 4-legged furry friends and find some 2-legged subjects instead. That led me to conducting some cognitive experiments with a chimpanzee at the Pittsburgh Zoo, which was a definite highlight for me. I eventually turned to working with humans.

Before leaving CMU in 1975, I married fellow graduate student Kevin Gilmartin (who studied with Herb Simon), and we moved to California where Kevin had been offered employment at the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto. (It turned out that JJ Card was already working there.) I was working at another social science institution for several years before I joined them in 1978 to do educational research involving disadvantaged students. Around 1980, Kevin and I were introduced to an attorney who was looking for social scientists to help him defend a large class action employment discrimination lawsuit. He wanted both data experts and statistical analysts. He signed us on. This was a life-changing experience for both of us. We spent 30+ years serving as expert witnesses. My role was to identify what data were needed to address the allegations in the case, collect the data, create a data base with the relevant data, and check the data very closely for accuracy. Kevin’s role was to analyze the data and look at the outcome of the personnel practices under investigation. We worked with both plaintiffs and defendants, with military as well as private attorneys. We were Co-Directors of a program that we created to support attorneys in legal issues, and, by the time we retired, we had a team of over 20 staff and consultants working on employment discrimination cases. Kevin retired as a Vice President after 30 years of employment; I retired as Director of our Equity Analysis Program after 27 years of employment.

Although we worked very long hours on these cases, it was Kevin who suggested that we try to take one international trip a year to keep a balance of work and relaxation in our lives. We went to some wonderful places, including Galapagos, Antarctica, the Artic, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Vietnam, China, Tibet. But in 1991, we had another life-changing moment. We went to Oaxaca with the California Academy of Sciences to look at the natural history and culture in the area. And, by the way, there was also to be a total solar eclipse. We had not seen one before. And, when we did, we felt that it was one of Mother Nature’s amazing marvels. We were hooked. We sought out other trips with eclipses, and we ended up seeing eight by the end of 2010. Sadly, Kevin died in 2011. Since that time, I have seen two more total solar eclipses; the most recent one was earlier this spring in Indonesia.

In the past five years, I have become more involved with the performing arts (opera, theater, symphony, ballet) as an observer, not as a player. I have sponsored a number of pieces in Kevin’s memory that I know that Kevin would have enjoyed. I discovered that sponsoring is a “win win” for both parties. I get a more in-depth look behind the scenes of a piece, including opportunities to attend rehearsals, meet the performers, and even attend a cast party with famous opera singers. The organizations are delighted that I tell my friends just how exciting my experiences with their productions were. Some friends even bought tickets to see one of their performances. And, when I get home very late at night after a performance, I enjoy curling up with my two kittens who seem to enjoy my company as much as I enjoy theirs.

Blessing, Stephen


Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Tampa

After earning my PhD in 1996 under the guidance of John Anderson, I took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. After three years there, I went back up to Pittsburgh and started a position as a cognitive scientist at Carnegie Learning. After working on the cognitive models that underlie their tutors, academe and Florida called me back, and I’ve been at the University of Tampa ever since 2004. Major research interests include intelligent tutoring systems, particularly the authoring process (I co-edited a book on that topic) and informal learning. I am currently working with the local children’s museum on various learning projects. I have been married since 1999, and have two children, Christopher and Katherine. I look back with great fondness on my years at CMU, and think often of the people I met there and the friendships I made during that time. I wish you all well!

Booth, Julie


Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Temple University

Julie L. Booth, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Temple University, where she also currently serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for the College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University under Dr. Robert Siegler, and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the NSF-funded Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, where she conducted research on students’ learning in real-world classrooms with Dr. Ken Koedinger. Dr. Booth has received funding from both IES and NSF as PI or co-PI on 8 federal grants, including the National Center for Cognition and Mathematics Instruction led by WestEd and the AlgebraByExample and MathByExample projects held by the Strategic Education Research Partnership, on which she serves as Co-PI and the scientific lead. Through these projects, Dr. Booth has amassed considerable experience leading scientific research projects, developing instructional interventions, conducting classroom studies, and analyzing quantitative data (using both traditional and multi-level approaches). She is published in top journals for both Psychology and Education fields, including Child Development, Learning and Instruction, and Science. Her research interests lie in translating between cognitive science/cognitive development and education by finding ways to bring laboratory tested cognitive principles to real-world classrooms, identifying prerequisite skills and knowledge necessary for learning, and examining individual differences in the effectiveness of instructional techniques based on learner characteristics.

Card, Stuart


Consulting Professor, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University

I came to CMU to study with Allen Newell and Herbert Simon in the Systems and Communication Sciences program, which unfortunately ended the day I arrived. With Newell’s help, and to the amazement of the psychology faculty, I changed my psychology department program into a program involving PhD qualifiers in both psychology and computer science, which may mean that I inadvertently pursued the first direct program at CMU in Human-Computer Interaction. Newell then hatched a plan to form the Applied Information-Processing Psychology Project at Xerox PARC with Newell, me, and fellow graduate student Tom Moran. Together we wrote the first book to use human-computer interaction in its title, The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction.

Over the next 40 years, I pursued research on the theory and design of human-machine systems from a very CMU point of view. My study of input devices led to the Fitts's Law characterization of the mouse and to the mouse's commercial introduction. Other work by my group led to a dozen products, each tied to HCI theory. I have over 90 papers, 50 patents, and three books in the field. I am a Fellow of the ACM, recipient of the ACM CHI SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE Visualization Career Award, CMU Alumnus of the Year Award, and an Oberlin College Honorary Doctorate. In 2007, I won the Bower Award and Prize from the Franklin Institute. I am also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Currently, I am a Consulting Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. I am also married to Psychology Department graduate Josefina Jayme (JJ) Card, with whom I once shared a very small office.

Carter, Liz


Associate Research Scientist, The Walt Disney Company

I completed my Ph.D. in 2009 under the supervision of David Rakison, where I studied the neural correlates of goal-directed action and intention understanding. After my Ph.D., I spent six years in the Graphics Lab at the CMU Robotics Institute as a postdoctoral fellow and then a research associate. Currently, I am at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, where I study how children and adults interact with computer avatars and robots.

Carver, Sharon


Director, The Childrens School
Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

As director of the Carnegie Mellon Children's School, my primary research focus is on supporting the work of researchers who either utilize the Children's School as a research site or collaborate with educators in local charter and private schools. I also serve on the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB).

My research bridges the domains of cognitive development and educational psychology. My primary interests involve combining cognitive task analysis, instructional design based on cognitive principles, and focused assessment to explore how children's progress can be enhanced to promote deep learning and broad transfer.

Cavanagh, Patrick


Research Professor, Dartmouth

After leaving CMU in 1972, I taught at the Université de Montréal in Psychology until 1989 and then was a professor of Psychology at Harvard until 2007. In 2007 I moved to the Université Paris Descartes to escape George Bush and enjoy fine food. In 2015, I started at Dartmouth College. My work shifted from memory to vision, then to attention. I am also interest in art as a source of data for neuroscience. I married Susan Peters from CMU and we raised 4 children (two were refugees from Sudan) but then separated last year.

Charness, Neil


Director, Institute for Successful Longevity
Department of Psychology, Florida State University

I left CMU after earning my PhD under Bill Chase in 1974 working on the Chase & Simon chess expertise project, with Dick Hayes and Herb Simon as my other PhD committee members, returning to Canada as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I moved literally a few blocks down University Avenue in 1977, despite an offer of tenure at WLU, to join the Psychology Department at University of Waterloo. I progressed through the ranks to Professor, taking a few sabbaticals along the way at a VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston (1983-84), and in the Psychology Department at University of Victoria, Canada (1990-91). I was lured back to the US in 1994, following a summer as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, to the Psychology Department at Florida State University which was starting an expertise program under newly acquired Professor K. Anders Ericsson (a former CMU postdoc with Herb Simon). I’ve been there ever since, just recently becoming director of the new Institute for Successful Longevity. Although I started out studying expertise (chess mainly), I moved into aging and expertise early in my career, and then into human factors approaches to age and technology use. I’ve been fortunate to be able to pursue many interesting lines of research, with a current emphasis on applied research concerning age and technology use, older driver and pedestrian safety, and aging and telehealth.

Chi, Michelene


Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor, MLF Teachers’ College, Arizona State University

I left CMU in the fall of 1974 to go to the University of Oregon with Bill Chase for a one-year postdoc, then spent another two years of postdoc at LRDC at the University of Pittsburgh. Being a captured spouse in Pittsburgh, I could not move into a tenured stream position until 1982. Bill passed away in 1983. Between 1982 and1990, I went from an assistant to associate to full professor in the Dept. of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh. I stayed at LRDC for 34 years, then moved, along with Kurt VanLehn, to Arizona State University (ASU). I bounced around within ASU, first taking a position at their education school, which was disestablished after I was there for 1.5 years. Confused about the whole situation (that is, we no longer had a tenured home), I and around 30 or so other education faculty had applied to move to the Dept. of Psychology, which rejected everyone except me. However, staying in the Psychology Dept. was very unpleasant because I was a sole “refugee”, coming in through the backdoor. After two years, the Dean of our new ed school, called the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College, recruited me to her school. It was an internal recruit. I’ve been there ever since. My research has focused primarily on student learning, especially in science domains. I have raised three children, they are all adults now and all are in academia.

Cicchino, Jessica


Vice President for Research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

I am Vice President for Research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, non-profit research and communications organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage on our nation’s roads. At IIHS I lead a group of researchers who study a variety of topics related to traffic safety, such as new technologies in cars designed to prevent crashes, human factors issues, distraction, speeding, roadway design, and the safety of older drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and child passengers. I also publish papers, give presentations at conferences and to policymakers, and conduct interviews with the media. I collaborate with researchers from a variety of backgrounds, including engineers, statisticians, and other psychologists. Prior to joining IIHS as a research scientist in 2012, I worked as a research psychologist at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When I was at CMU I worked with David Rakison to study infant cognition, which is pretty far topic-wise from the work I do now. But despite the topic shift, my CMU training had been invaluable to my career. And I think about Dick Hayes’s research presentation class every time I give a talk.

I live in Washington, DC with my husband, Robert, who is also a CMU alum.

Cleeremans, Axel


Research Director, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique

I am a Research Director with the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) and a professor of Cognitive Psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where I head the Consciousness, Cognition and Computation (CO3) Group and direct the Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences ( I arrived at CMU in August 1987 and stayed until fall 1991 after completing my Ph.D. in the spring. I first worked with Lynne Reder and then with Jay McClelland. It was an incredibly exciting to be there at the time, with one half of Baker Hall thinking ACT and the other thinking connectionism. With McClelland, I worked essentially on implicit learning, developing the first connectionist model of sequence learning, based on Elman’s work with simple recurrent networks. Since then my research has greatly expanded in scope, and we are now essentially focused on exploring the differences between information processing with and without consciousness, particularly in the domain of learning and memory, but also, more recently, in domains as varied as visual awareness and priming, social cognition, sense of agency, decision making and cognitive control. We are also attempting to spell out a theory of consciousness in which learning plays a central role; the core idea is that consciousness is the result of unconscious learning mechanisms through which the brain continuously redescribes its interactions with itself, with the the world and with other people. I have has acted as president of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology and of the Belgian Association for Psychological Science. I have also long been a board member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. A member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, I am also Field Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Psychology. I currently steer an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council and was recently awarded the prestigious quinquennal Ernest-John Solvay Prize for Human Sciences. Further info at

Crabtree, Michael


Professor of Psychology, Washington and Jefferson College

I left Carnegie Mellon in 1974 and began a position at Washington and Jefferson college about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh in Washington Pennsylvania. I’m just completing my 43rd year. As is true of most small colleges, my primary responsibility is Teaching, but I have kept active in research. Throughout my career I have been the principal investigator on the number of smaller research programs. I just finished a larger project two years ago being principal investigator on a $5 million Department of Defense funded grant looking at issues military members and their families face after deployment in the Middle East. Other research has focused on stress and drug and alcohol addiction. I conduct work outside the college as a forensic psychologist, carrying out evaluations competency, capacity, personal injury, mitigation for capital murder cases, custody etc. I have been married for the last 16 years tp a licensed clinical social worker, Mary Pillow. We live on 100 acre farm outside of Washington Pennsylvania and have a cabin in Montana where we spent half the summer. I have two children from my first marriage: daughter Barbara is a teacher your Washington and son John who is an industrial paint consultant traveling around the country.

Crowley, Kevin


Professor, Learning Sciences and Policy, University of Pittsburgh
Director, University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE)

Kevin Crowley is a Professor of Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also directs the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE). He works in partnership with museums, community organizations, and other informal educators to develop innovative out of school learning environments. Crowley’s group conducts basic learning sciences research in informal settings and develops new theories of how people learn about science, technology, engineering, and art. Recent projects include: the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) which builds capacity in the field of informal STEM learning; a four-city partnership to develop city-scale informal learning systems for climate change education; research and development projects focusing on 21st century Naturalists; and an ongoing partnership with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Crowley has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in psychology from Swarthmore College.

Deci, Edward


Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester
Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences

I was at CMU from 1967 to 1970. In terms of academics, it was extraordinary. Victor Vroom was my mentor and he was a truly autonomy-supportive one. You can’t beat that! I also learned from many other amazing faculty, and in 1970 when I got a PhD and took a faculty position at the University of Rochester, I hit the road running. But there was much more going on between 1967 and 1970. It was the heart of what has come to be called “the Sixties” and we were all exploring and learning in many different ways. I can’t imagine a better graduate school experience. So, I have been based in Rochester for 45 years where I am professor of psychology and Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences. I also have part time faculty appointments in Australia and Norway. When I was at CMU I got clear that what interested me was human motivation, and that is what I have been doing ever since. In collaboration with Richard M. Ryan, I have been developing, testing, and applying self-determination theory across life’s domains using varied methods from lab experiments to randomized field trials to fMRI data collections. I live alone, and have no spouse, partner, or progeny. As an avocation I am president of an art museum on Monhegan Island, twelve miles off the coast of Maine.

Diana, Rachel


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. After finishing my PhD in 2006 (working with Lynne Reder), I spent 5 years at the University of California, Davis as a post-doc working with Charan Ranganath and Andy Yonelinas. I spent that time expanding on my CNBC training and learning some cognitive neuroscience methodologies. In 2011, I moved to a faculty position at Virginia Tech where I am doing research and teaching. My area of specialization is the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of human memory. Current areas of focus in my lab include the role of parahippocampal cortex in episodic memory encoding and retrieval, understanding the cognitive and neural signatures of memory for context information, and the process of unitizing/binding information into new representations in memory. Anthony Cate (CMU Psych PhD 2005) and I have two children, ages 6 and 1. I recently enjoyed showing the kids the dinosaurs at the Carnegie Natural History Museum and reminiscing about grad school days.

Dixon, Peter


Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta

I received my PhD with Marcel Just in 1979. (I believe I was Marcel’s first PhD student). Afterwards, I did a two-year postdoc at Bell Labs where I worked on, among other things, the problem of following written directions. Since 1981, I have been a faculty member in Psychology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I maintain an eclectic research program, ranging from motor control to visual attention, to cognitive control, to lexical and discourse processing. I collaborate with my wife, Marisa Bortolussi of the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Department here at Alberta, on the empirical study of literature. A few years ago, we wrote a book: Psychonarratology: Foundations for the Study of Literary Response. My current research grant is on mind wandering in discourse processing and other tasks.

I have done a variety of professional tasks over the years, including President of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, President of the Society for Computers in Psychology, Associate Editor of Memory & Cognition, and Editor of Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Marisa and I have two children, Robert, an elementary school music teacher in Saskatoon, and Alina, currently a graduate student in International Development at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

I started playing competitive volleyball when I was a graduate student at CMU, and continue to do so. In Alberta, of course, I enjoy skiing, and I have also recently (re)taken up rock climbing.

Eddy, Douglas


After leaving CMU with two children during a recession I took a position with the teaching and research faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. After promotion to associate professor I became chairman of the Department of Psychology in 1979. Patti and I also had our third child. I took a sabbatical as an NRC Senior Research Associate at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine where I conducted research on steady-state evoked potentials, cognitive overload, and vigilance. I joined Major Moise’s company, NTI, Inc., in 1986 where I conducted contract research on the performance effects of fatigue, sleep, pharmacological compounds, microgravity, gravitational forces, and workload for the USAF. This research included cognitive modeling of AWACS Weapons Directors using SOAR™ and COGNET/iGEN™. I was also fortunate to be a co-investigator on a NASA project involving six years of research and two in-orbit experiments: the 2nd International Microgravity Laboratory in 1994 and the Life and Microgravity Spacelab in 1996. Single subject mathematical modeling methods were developed to investigate the effects of microgravity and fatigue on cognitive performance.

In 2000 I was PI for an Air Force SBIR effort that created the Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool (FAST™), which is patented. In the Phase 3 effort my team developed FAST™ into a web-based tool with special interfaces for mishap investigation, flight scheduling, and shift work. I led several other studies including one to assess the impact of modafinil on vestibular function, which cleared the alertness medication for use by AF pilots doing 30 and 40 hour missions. I authored over 50 publications and have given over 100 presentations. Patti and I now live on a 10-acre tree farm west of Portland, OR where I continue to work with my NTI colleagues to convert our government products into commercial applications.

Erber, Ralph


Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, DePaul University

Following my graduation from CMU and a post-doc at the Department of Social and Decision Sciences I went on a fairly productive academic road trip that took me through four states in five years. I reached the end of Route 66 when I landed at DePaul University just in time for the first of the Chicago Bulls six NBA championships. My research over the years has been concerned with how people manage unwanted feelings, thoughts, and relationships. I have also co-authored two textbooks, and I’m co-editor of a volume on the Holocaust.

Although I no longer remember why I decided to embark on a parallel career in administration that took me from department chair to associate dean to AVP, on balance I have found it rewarding. And I feel that my time at CMU has prepared me well for it. As a social psychologist I’m familiar with the principles of persuasion, how to get compliance, how our actions shape others’ perceptions of us, and the like. I also benefitted from being exposed to lots and lots of talk about problem-solving during my four years in graduate school.

On the personal side, I’ve been (re-)married for 26 years and I’m the proud parent of three boys aged 31, 19, and 16. Although I haven’t quite decided what I want to do when I really grow up, I plan to stick around Chicago until the Cubs win the World Series.

Fallside, David


IBM Distinguished Engineer

From CMU I went to work at IBM in Silicon Valley, ostensibly to work on user-interface design and testing in a Human Factors lab. However, in commercial products the choice of what functionality to surface in a product has, in many cases, a much greater impact on its utility than the details of its user-interface. And within a few years I moved away from user-interfaces and started working with technical development teams. Initially I worked with a software architecture group on a "data warehouse", and then when the tech industry woke up to the internet, I designed one of the first visual authoring tools (IDE) for internet applications.

Since then I have pursued a fairly eclectic variety of roles within IBM. For several years I was heavily involved with standards organisations such as the W3C where I served on its Advisory Board, as a group Chair, and as an editor. I have also been responsible for a number of IBM's open source activities, such as contributions and development of technologies to the Apache Software Foundation, including the Derby database and UIMA. More recently my team has worked with IBM Watson, and several "big data" technologies including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark.

Currently I work remotely, located half-way between Sacramento CA and Lake Tahoe. My wife Pam is a UC Berkeley PhD and a fellow whitewater kayaker. We have 9 years young son who demonstrates to us that the days are long and the years are short.

Throughout my career in industry, I have often been reminded of and am grateful for what I learned at CMU. At a fundamental level, this was the encouragement given me to pursue my ideas by my peers and by my advisors, especially Dick Hayes, Herb Simon, Bill Chase, Ken Kotovsky and Marcel Just.

Gibbons, Judith


Professor Emerita of Psychology and International Studies at Saint Louis University

Judith Gibbons is a Professor Emerita of Psychology and International Studies at Saint Louis University. She is the past-president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, better known as SIP, its acronym in Spanish. She is the editor of the American Psychological Association Division 52 journal International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. Her research interests include intercountry adoption and adolescent development in the majority world, with a focus on girls. In Guatemala, she has studied the development of young adolescents' ideals and hopes for the future, attitudes toward adoption, ethnic prejudice, and eating disorders. In 2011-2012 she was a Fulbright scholar, teaching at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and researching gender roles in Central America. She is the author/editor of two books, The Thoughts of Youth and Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes, as well as many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She currently lives most of the year in Antigua, Guatemala. The major entities in her personal life are husband, Raymond Senuk, horses Tinny Slew and Monarca, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Maia and Kat.

Gilmore, Rick


Associate Professor of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

I am currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State. From 2008-2014, I was the founding Director of Human Imaging at Penn State’s Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC; My current research focuses on the development of brain and behavioral systems for processing complex patterns of motion and on behavioral and brain systems linked to the detection of visual regularity, especially symmetry. I use behavioral, imaging (EEG and MRI), computational modeling and computer vision methods in my research. With former CMU faculty member, Karen Adolph, I am co-PI on the Databrary ( digital data library project. In that capacity, I have developed a keen interest in open and reproducible science practices. I can’t credit enough the faculty, staff, and my student cohort at CMU for the profound influence they had on my intellectual growth and subsequent accomplishments. CMU was and remains a special place. I congratulate the Department on a century of achievement.

Gluck, Kevin


Principal Cognitive Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory


After earning my PhD under the excellent mentorship of John Anderson (and a fabulous committee of advisors that included Dick Hayes, Ken Koedinger, Marsha Lovett, and Herb Simon) in 1999 I moved to Arizona for a position with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. There I had the unusually lucky opportunity to start a basic research program in cognitive modeling and recruit other cognitive scientists to join the fun. We established the Performance and Learning Models (PALM) Team, expanded our research portfolio to include applied cognitive science research, and eventually grew to become the Cognitive Models and Agents Branch. In 2010-11, I spent nearly a year as a visiting scientist with the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Afterwards I met up again with my AFRL colleagues to complete the relocation of our lab to Wright-Patterson AFB, near Dayton, OH. CMU Psych has clearly had a profound influence on my career, reflected in a current research portfolio that emphasizes the use of computational and mathematical modeling to study learning and forgetting, decision heuristics, robustness, trust, and fatigue, with applications in education, training, and human-machine teaming. On the personal front, I am still married to the woman I fell in love with during graduate school, Julie Thurn, and we have two wonderful kids, Ashtyn and Liam.

Goldin, Sally


Foreign Expert, Department of Computer Engineering
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand

For the past twelve years, I've served on the Computer Engineering faculty at KMUTT, one of the top-ranked universities in Asia. My research interests include software engineering processes and tools, user interface design, and geospatial computing. Although my current path may appear to have diverged significantly from my educational background, I consider software design to be applied cognitive psychology, because the process of creating software must take into account the cognitive capabilities and limitations of both the user and the software engineer.

After receiving my degree from CMU, I spent several years as a researcher at the Rand Corporation, before transitioning to work in industry. In the early nineteen eighties I was seconded by U.S. Agency for International Development as an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. I fell in love with Thailand but was limited to a two-year contract. Upon my return to America, as co-founder of Goldin-Rudahl Systems, Inc., I provided consulting expertise to a wide range of companies, both large (Digital Equipment Corporation, Polaroid Corporation) and small. In 2003 I moved back to Thailand, and in 2013 established KGEO, the KMUTT Geospatial Engineering and InnOVation Center. Recently, my husband and I have formed a new company, Heurika Geographics, to commercialize our patent-pending technology for monitoring roads, railroads and other earth-based infrastructure for sub-surface deterioration that could lead to collapse.

Gunzelmann, Glenn


Senior Research Psychologist at Air Force Research Laboratory


After completing my PhD in 2003, I accepted a postdoctoral position from the National Research Council to conduct research with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Mesa, AZ. After a year in that position, I was hired on as research psychologist. In 2011, the organization in Mesa was moved to Dayton, OH, where I live today. I am currently a Senior Research Psychologist at AFRL, and the Science & Technology Advisor for the Cognitive Models and Agents Branch. In this position, I provide strategic leadership and guidance to a multidisciplinary research group pursuing basic and applied research in the cognitive sciences. The branch focuses primarily on developing valid computational and mathematical models of the human mind to create the next generation of cognitive models and agents for training, human-machine teaming, and human systems integration. My own research areas are in (1) spatial cognition and (2) understanding the effects of fatigue on cognitive performance and behavior. Working with AFRL has provided the opportunity to see the full continuum of research, from fledging efforts exploring new questions and areas, to very applied, pragmatic programs to develop solutions to pressing real-world problems. I am also lucky to work with an outstanding cast of scientists and engineers, all focused on a common vision and working collaboratively to address a fascinating range of research questions.

Herstein, John

In May of 1974 I received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, having majored in Psychology, and later also in Mathematics.

In May of 1979 I received a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, having majored in Psychology. My graduate work was basically in the field of social cognition, concentrating on memory organization and decision processes, which culminated in a dissertation on decision processes in voting.

From 1979 to 1981 I was a postdoctoral associate at The Ohio State University, studying person memory organization under Professor Thomas M. Ostrom.

From 1981 to 1984 the political science department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook was home. Psychology was still my field, but taught and researched in the context of political science.

Since 1984 I have lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is my original home town. Try for an idea of my main study interests these days

Huesmann, Rowell


Amos Tversky Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology
Research Professor & Director, Aggression Research Program,
Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
The University of Michigan

L. Rowell Huesmann is Amos N. Tversky Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and Director of the Aggression Research Program in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Huesmann’s research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of aggressive behavior and in particular on understanding how the observation of others behaving violently influences the development of a youth’s aggressive and violent behavior and produces a contagion of violence. Drawing on findings from machine learning and cognitive process modeling, Huesmann has argued that, through observations of others, youth acquire cognitive scripts that guide their behavior, characteristic emotional reactions that motivate their behaviors, and normative beliefs that filter out inappropriate behaviors. He has supported this argument with data from a number of longitudinal studies he has conducted.

Over the past 45 years, Huesmann has published over 125 well cited scientific articles and books including Growing Up To Be Violent (1977), Television and the Aggressive Child (1986), and Aggressive Behavior (1994). He has been Editor of the international journal Aggressive Behavior, associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psycholog, and was the 2005 recipient of the American Psychological Association's award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology and the 2014 recipient of the International Society for Research on Aggression's J. Paul Scott Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Aggression Research. He has testified frequently before congress and directed several national committees examining the causes of violence. He was a member of the USA National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention from 2010 to 2015. He is a past President of the International Society for Research on Aggression and a life member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge. While on the faculty at Michigan he has been Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics (2006-2012) and Chair of the Communication Studies Department (1994). He received his BS in Psychology and Math at the University of Michigan in 1964 and his PhD at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969. Prior to being on the faculty at Michigan, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Professor of Psychology and chair of the psychology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Huston, Therese


I made the leap to the west coast and became the Founding Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. Applying psychology research to everyday problems is my focus. My hope now? To change the conversation about women as decision-makers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just published my book How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices. I still bake a mean chocolate cake.

Ingvalson, Erin


Assistant Professor, Florida State University

After finishing my PhD with Lori Holt and Jay McClelland, I took a postdoc with Patrick Wong at Northwestern University. That postdoc helped me expand the basic research skills I developed during my time at CMU into some clinical applications, including working with kids who use cochlear implants and older adults who have trouble perceiving speech in noisy situations. In 2014 I began a faculty position in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, where my current interests are in speech perception and speech learning. My lab takes a whole-lifespan approach, studying individual differences in speech learning outcomes from children receiving a cochlear implant to younger adults perceiving accented speech to older adults learning to adapt to the changes in speech perception that accompany aging. My current research program is funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences.

Jarrard, Len


Robert Lee Telford Professor Emeritus, Washington and Lee University

My research has generally centered around studying the neural bases of learning and memory, and more specifically on the contributions that medial temporal lobe structures (especially hippocampus) make to these complex cognitive processes. Following an early emphasis on underlying neuroanatomy and various ways that areas within the structure can be selectively lesioned in experimental animals, changes in behavior have been emphasized. Our most recent research indicates that the hippocampus is especially affected by poor diets high in saturated fats and sugars with resulting obesity and deficits in memory.

I retired from teaching at Washington and Lee in 2001 but have continued to do research and reviewing made possible by having an office and laboratory space in the Psychology/Neuroscience Department. abbreviated resume (docx)

Jirout, Jamie


Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rhodes College

During my time at CMU, I worked with David Klahr to develop measures of children’s curiosity and question asking focused on recognizing, exploring, and resolving uncertainty. My dissertation committee – Sharon Carver, Bob Siegler, and Marsha Lovett, were very positive influences on this work. After completing my PhD, I took a postdoc with Nora Newcombe at Temple University where I expanded my research program to include studying children’s spatial reasoning. I have continued work in both of these areas as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rhodes College, but this fall, my family – my husband Aron and two daughters, Riley and Scarlett – will be moving once again as I bring my research to my new lab at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

Johnson, Eric

Norman Eig Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Eric Johnson is a faculty member at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University where he is the inaugural holder of the Norman Eig Chair of Business, and Director of the Center for Decision Sciences. His research examines the interface between Behavioral Decision Research, Economics and the decisions made by consumers, managers, and their implications for public policy, markets and marketing. Among other topics, Johnson has explored how the way options are presented to decision-makers affect their choices in areas such as organ donation, the choice of environmentally friendly products, and investments.

Prof. Johnson’s research and comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Discover, Business Week and The Financial Times, and on The CBS Evening News and National Public Radio. His publications have appeared in the Science, Psychological Review, Nature Neuroscience, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many other consumer, economic, marketing and psychology journals. He has co-authored two books: Decision Research: A Field Guide, published by Sage Publications and The Adaptive Decision-Maker published by Cambridge University Press, and is currently working on a book on choice architecture.

After graduation from Rutgers University, he received his M.S. and PhD. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. He previously has taught at Carnegie Mellon, was a visiting professor at the Sloan School at MIT, was the inaugural holder of the David W. Hauck Chair in Marketing, and a Professor of Operations and Information Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, The Alfred P. Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations, and the Office of Naval Research have supported his research. He was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology, and named a Fellow by the Association for Consumer Research, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and is a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow and the Association for Psychological Science. According to the Institute for Scientific Information, he is one of the most highly cited scholars in Business and Economics. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and is a member of several editorial boards as well as the Senior Editor for Decision Sciences at Behavioral Science and Policy.

Jones, William


Research Associate Professor
The Information School, University of Washington

For nearly two decades I have been teaching and doing research in the Information School at the University of Washington relating to the challenges of “Keeping Found Things Found” (, Though now officially retired, as a Research Associate Professor Emeritus, I continue to work with students most especially on itemMirror (iM), a JavaScript framework providing developers with a uniform, simple way to access and work with information as organized into folders in either Dropbox or Google Drive (with support for more cloud store services on the way).

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to do my doctoral work at CMU and especially fortunate to have John R. Anderson as my advisor. I received my PhD in 1983 for work providing for a more unified treatment of short- and long-term memory retrieval and demonstrating reductions in both the set-size and fan effects as separate pieces of information are meaningfully interrelated.

My path from CMU in Pittsburgh to UW in Seattle has not been direct. I first did a 2-year postdoc at the old Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill where I worked with Tom Landauer and others in his group (notably Susan Dumais and George Furnas). I then worked at MCC, a research consortium, in Austin, TX. Then I worked as a consultant at the original Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA. I moved to Seattle, WA in 1990 to work as an internal consultant at Boeing (most notably working on a “coord sheet” retrieval system for Renton Avionics). I then worked as a program manager at Microsoft from 1993 to 1999, first in Office then in MSN Search before beginning my affiliation with the iSchool at UW.

Over the years, I have published in the areas of personal information management (PIM), human-computer interaction, information retrieval (search), and human cognition/memory. I wrote the book Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management and, more recently, the three-part series, The Future of Personal Information: Part 1: Our Information, Always & Forever, Part 2: Transforming Technologies to Manage Our Information and Part 3: Building a Better World With Our Information. I also hold 5 patents relating to search and PIM (2 more pending). My current special area of research is “Information, Knowledge and Successful Aging”.

Kaplan, Craig


CEO of PredictWallStreet

In 1985, I read an article that said Japan was going to revolutionize the world via Artificial Intelligence in something called the 5th Generation Project. I had no idea what that was, but the article cited Herbert Simon as a founding father of AI, so I applied to CMU. Weekly mentoring by Herb Simon, plus attendance at John Anderson’s, Jay McClelland’s and Allen Newell’s research groups, provided a world-class education in field of Cognitive Science. With Herb’s help, I was able to make a small contribution to the field via an article and book chapter we co-authored.

After getting my PhD, I went to work for IBM for five years, invented a bunch of patents and wrote a book on software development before leaving to start a series of companies focused on an area of Cognitive Science that I now call “Collective Intelligence” or CI. The idea was to overcome the short-comings of AI by coordinating human problem solving via many human brains over the internet. Along the way, someone convinced me that I should apply CI to a really hard real-world problem with a clear metric of success, like predicting the stock market. So for the last decade, a small group of us at PredictWallStreet have been proving that CI can generate an edge that even the titans in the quantitative trading world are unable to duplicate. Along the way I got married, had three great kids, and have spent far more time doing business-related stuff than I ever imagined. However I still believe in the power of Cognitive Science to transform the world and remain eager to apply CI to problems outside of the domain of finance.

Korn, Jim

Retired, Saint Louis University

I entered Carnegie Tech in the fall of 1960 in time to see the Pirates defeat the Yankees in the seventh game of the world series. In those days cognitive psychology was verbal learning and neuroscience was physiological psychology. My masters thesis was in the former and PhD in the latter. My mentor was Kenneth (Keck) Moyer who ran the psychoendocrinology laboratory. Simon, Newell, and others had a computer full of tubes that took up a whole floor in the computer science building where they were trying to program the chess end game.

I stayed at Carnegie-Mellon as faculty after receiving my PhD and continued working with Moyer, Len Jarrard, and others. My interests changed to an emphasis on teaching. This did not get me tenure, although I won the Ryan award. I left CMU in 1974 to become department chair at Saint Louis University. My research interests were in program evaluation and later in the history of psychology. During all that time in Saint Louis my primary interest was developing teachers through graduate courses, the SLU teaching center, workshops for APA, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), and a book that is available online. I retired in 2006.

Kotovsky, Kenneth


Professor of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

CMU has been a part of my life, albeit an on again/off again/on and on again part, for almost 70 years. It started with campus tours when I was in elementary school that showcased a dazzling full-sized steam locomotive in the basement of Hammerschlag or Machinery Hall. What could be cooler than that for a 3rd grader! Coming out of Pittsburgh’s Allderdice high school I of course applied to Carnegie Tech but didn’t get in (high school was not exactly my major interest during my high school years!) so I went to MIT instead, and applied to transfer to Tech the next year. I did get in that time, but decided that the “institute” really agreed with me and stayed at MIT for the four undergrad years, sampling a diverse bunch of majors until it was time to start graduate school. In 1961 I was admitted to an interdisciplinary precursor to Cognitive Science, called “Systems and Communications Sciences” started here at CMU by Herb Simon, Al Newell and a somewhat more participative graduate of my old high school, Al Perlis.

I was admitted to the program thru GSIA (now Tepper) and the idea of being in a business school didn’t fit my somewhat left leaning ideology, so I switched to the Psychology Dept. as soon as I could in ’62, stayed for a couple years, left and came back a couple of times and finally graduated in 1983, establishing a longevity record as a grad student that has to my knowledge still not been matched! During my time away I did a number of things including teaching Biology and then Psychology as a founding faculty member and dept. head at a Community College for a quarter of a century, finally realizing that I was a psychologist at heart and coming back “home” to both Psychology and CMU, joining the Psych faculty here in ‘87.

I’ve been studying problem solving and related cognitive issues for a long time and had the pleasure of working with Herb Simon (and later also Dick Hayes) on some neat problem solving issues (letter series extrapolation, problem difficulty, etc. using computational modeling coupled with human experimentation) as well as directing the undergrad program in Psych here at CMU for many years. In recent years, I’ve also been trying to understand some issues in non-conscious problem solving as well as the problem solving processes underlying engineering design.

I have an incredibly patient and understanding wife who accompanied me through all these wanderings and a couple of great “kids” (now ages 48 and 50, so in a few years I’m probably going to have to stop calling them “kids”) and four cool grandkids, the oldest of whom is about to start college and will hopefully figure it all out faster than I did!

My long-term association with the department; my teachers and now colleagues, is so much a part of me that it’s actually hard to delineate or differentiate the “influence” of my graduate training from who I am; basically, it’s not an influence, but an identity.

Langley, Pat


Director, Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise

I entered PhD program in 1975 to work with Herb Simon on computational models of scientific discovery, the topic on which I completed my thesis in 1979. During this period, I also interacted with Allen Newell and his students, becoming an early advocate of production systems and cognitive architectures, and I was briefly a postdoc with John Anderson when he joined the department. I stayed at CMU in research positions, first in Psychology and then in the new Robotics Institute, becoming involved in the emerging field of machine learning. In 1984, I left CMU for a tenured faculty position in the Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I served as first editor of the journal Machine Learning, and encouraged authors to adopt experimental methods from psychology to study their computational artifacts.

I departed UCI in 1989 for a series of positions in NASA Ames, Siemens, Stanford University, Daimler-Benz, Arizona State University, and most recently the University of Auckland. In parallel, since 1988, I have directed the Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise, a nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California, that carries out research on computational learning and cognition. Along the way, I was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Cognitive Science Society, and I was program chair for two major conferences and over ten invited symposia.

Most recently, I helped instigate the cognitive systems movement, which focuses on system-level accounts of high-level cognition in the spirit of Newell and Simon, and launched a new journal in this area, Advances in Cognitive Systems (, which I edit. I continue to carry out research on computational scientific discovery and cognitive architectures, topics that first attracted my interest at CMU. My career has not been a traditional one, but it has been a fascinating ride.

P.S. I may not have broken the light in Baker Hall for which Marilyn (Mantei) Tremaine says I took the fall, but I did put my foot through a wall in the table tennis room, which I have never revealed until now. But David Neves' forehand was really to blame.

Laughery, Ken


Professor Emeritus, Rice University

Regarding my education, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1957, a Masters of Science in Psychology in 1959, and a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1961. All three degrees are from Carnegie-Mellon University (actually, it was Carnegie Institute of Technology).

Regarding employment, while on active military duty during 1962-1963, I worked as a Research Psychologist at the US Army Human Engineering Laboratories at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. From 1963 through 1972 I was on the faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo where I held a joint appointment in the Departments of Psychology and Industrial Engineering. While on sabbatical leave from Buffalo, I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex in England during 1969-1970. Also while at Buffalo, I was Chair of the Industrial Engineering Department in 1967-1969. In 1972 I became Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Houston, where I remained until 1984. In 1984 I joined the faculty at Rice University as an Endowed Chair Professor of Psychology. I was Chair of the Psychology Department at Rice from 1987 through 1990. I retired from Rice in 2002, and I currently have the title of Emeritus Professor. Since retiring from Rice, I have been doing some expert witness work and some writing.

Lee, Frank


Associate Professor of Digital Media
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University

Dr. Frank J. Lee is an Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University with appointments in Psychology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering. Lee received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2000 from Carnegie Mellon University, and his B.A. in Cognitive Science in 1994 from UC Berkeley. Lee co-founded Drexel's Game Design Program in 2008, currently ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Game Design Programs in U.S. He is also the founding director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio at Drexel University, a unique university initiative to teach students entrepreneurship and gaming by helping them to create their own game companies. His past projects have won national and international awards and recognitions and have received extensive media coverage. His most recent project, Skyscraper Tetris, was mentions in over 1500 news stories worldwide with an estimated 2.2 Billion views. It was also recognized as a Guinness World Record as the Largest Architectural Videogame Display. He was selected as one of the 50 Most Admirable Gaming People by Polygon in 2014, Hacker of the Year by Philly Geek Awards in 2013, and one of the Top Innovators in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine in 2012.

Lewis, Matthew


Senior Research Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

I was one of a class of three students to start grad school in the CMU Psych department in the fall of 1980 and was very fortunate to work with John Anderson. With great fellow grad students and the surge in AI R&D it was a wonderful time to be at CMU.

After a post-doc with Micki Chi at LRDC, I returned to CMU as a post-doc researching artificially intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs). Over the next three years we built and deployed an algebra ITS into a local high school. During the ’84-‘88 period I also worked with John Anderson, Brian Reiser, Al Corbett, and Frank Boyle to build what is potentially the first company to sell artificially intelligent tutoring systems: Advanced Computer Tutoring, Inc. The LISP Tutor ran on a VAX with a whopping 3MB of memory, and the Geometry Tutor ran on the original Apple Macintosh personal computer.

I left CMU to become a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Over the past 20+ years at RAND my work has focused on how technologies and simulations support learning, training, and decision-making in K-12 education, public health, vocational, and military contexts. I left RAND from 1999-2002 to found MediaPlatform, Inc., but later returned to RAND, where I am now a Senior Behavioral Scientist and faculty member of the fully-accredited, but small (20 Ph.D.s produced per year) Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy,, and have helped a number of students earn their Ph.D.s.

Li, Junlei


Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center
Rita M. McGinley Chair in Early Learning and Children’s Media, Professor of Psychology

Junlei is the Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center and the Rita M. McGinley Chair in Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College. While Junlei was a graduate student, he found his role model in the work of Fred Rogers, Pittsburgh’s (and America’s) favorite television neighbor. Over the years, he tried to integrate the research rigor of CMU’s training and the practical and humanistic approach of “Mister Rogers”. His work settings included urban schools, child care, youth development, and orphanage interventions overseas. While originally trained in computer science and CMU’s unique “computational” blend of cognitive and developmental science, Junlei’s work gradually moved towards understanding and promoting responsive and reciprocal human connection across developmental settings. A big part of the motivation to work with under-served and under-resourced communities came from his experience being an adoptive parent and working urban neighborhoods while at CMU. Before the current position, Junlei led an Institute of Education Sciences grant with Dr. David Klahr at CMU after graduation, and then became the Director of Applied Research at University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, and principal research scientist at the Fred Rogers Company.

Liu, Ran


Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University

For the last year since graduation, I have transitioned to a post-doctoral fellowship in interdisciplinary education research (joint between CMU Psychology and HCII). I am working on combining learning theory, inspired by my graduate training, and computational methods to improve the ability of computerized tutors to intelligently adapt to students' learning.

Lovett, Marsha


Director, Eberly Center, Carnegie Mellon University

As Director of CMU's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation, the focus of my work is on applying research on learning to enhance teaching. My team distills relevant research for faculty and graduate students and collaborate with them to create meaningful – and demonstrably effective! – educational experiences. We also leverage educational technologies and learning analytics to improve student outcomes. My current research is focused on understanding how to measure students' learning state from real-time clickstream data. This combines my early training in computational modeling with more recent applied work to the design of instructional interventions and tools that are grounded in cognitive theory. I am affiliated with the department as Teaching Professor of Psychology, and I teach a variety of courses, including Graduate Research Methods and Human Expertise.

Maia, Tiago


Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Tiago V. Maia is Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University. He did his Ph.D. in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Research in his lab focuses on the integrated use of computational modeling, brain imaging, and behavioral experiments to understand the neural bases of several psychiatric disorders. This translational line of research is complemented by research in healthy humans on the cognitive processes and brain structures that are disrupted in the disorders studied.

Tiago is the author or co-author of 23 journal articles (8 of which in journals with impact factor greater than 10) and 2 encyclopedia chapters. He is first author of 11 of these articles (including in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Neuroscience) and co-first author in another 2 articles. He has been a reviewer for 38 journals and is on the editorial board of the journal Computational Psychiatry (upcoming from MIT Press). At Carnegie Mellon, he received the Herbert A. Simon Graduate Teaching Award and an honorable mention in the Graduate Student Teaching Award. In 2013, he was considered a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Malone, Kathy


Assistant Professor in Science Education at The Ohio State University

I am currently an Assistant Professor in Science Education at The Ohio State University. My appointment is in the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Department of Teaching and Learning. I earned by PhD at CMU under the guidance of Dick Hayes. My dissertation focused on student problem-solving in modeling based high school classes. Since receiving my PhD I have been actively involved in instructional design of science classes at the K12 level. As science department head at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh I was in charge of revamping the science curriculum at the senior school such that it had a modeling and energy focus. Afterwards, I spent a year and a half at the National Science Foundation as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow within the Division of Research in Learning. After NSF, I migrated to the University of Pittsburgh as a Post-doc in Christian Schunnʻs lab helping to develop and test model-based biology units integrated with engineering and mathematics for high school. Currently, at OSU my research areas focus on the design and implementation of STEM curricula units that connect engineering design principles, model based reasoning, computational thinking and mathematical modeling. A recent grant will allow for the incorporation of dramatic inquiry in our K5 work with schools. My time at CMU demonstrated to me the importance of collaboration across fields. I still remember sitting at brown bags with researchers from psychology, sciences, mathematics and languages to name a few and really “seeing” the connections and commonalities. Hence, in all that I do I look towards developing these connections and collaborations both locally and internationally.

McKendree, Jean


Pursuing a MSc in Environmental Science and Management at University of York

From CMU, I joined MCC in Austin, TX doing user interface research, then joined NYNEX Science and Technology doing the same. My husband, John Mateer (some of you may know him from parties at CMU where he and my sister, Edie McKendree, now Edie Shipley, were in the band Wild Kingdom) and I moved to the UK in 1992 where I was a research fellow in Psychology at University of York and then in the Human Communication Research Centre at University of Edinburgh. I joined Hull York Medical School at its inception in 2003 where I was a Senior Lecturer until Sept 2015. Unfortunately, medical education in the UK is not always the best place for career development for non-clinician social scientists and after 12 years, I have decided to pursue a growing interest of mine. So, as of October 2015, I will become a fulltime student again! I am completing an MSc in Environmental Science and Management at University of York and will commence a PhD at University of Loughborough on using drones to survey and model environmental processes in northern boreal and blanket bog peatlands in autumn 2016. I would love to join you at the 100th anniversary events, but I will be in the middle of my MSc dissertation

Mickelson, Kristin


Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University

I am currently a Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to ASU, I was in the Psychology Department at Kent State University. After graduating from CMU, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan and the Department of Healthcare Policy, Harvard Medical School. I am married to a fellow CMU PhD alum (in History) and we have 2 children and 3 dogs. My time at CMU was the most rewarding and challenging of my life. I made some amazing friends, received great mentoring, and started my intellectual journey at CMU.

Mirman, Dan


Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drexel University

Dan Mirman is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drexel University. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut. Research in his lab investigates the dynamics of language and cognitive processes and impairments using behavioral, eye-tracking, and computational modeling techniques. The central focus is on processing of individual spoken words, including interactions between top-down and bottom-up information, the time course of phonological and semantic ambiguity resolution, and the organization of word meaning knowledge. Much of the research examines impairments of language processing in order to test and develop theories of typical language processing, to understand how these processes break down under impairments, and to develop better rehabilitation strategies.

Moise, Major


NTI Inc.

For the past 30 years I have been working with NTI, Inc. a company that my partners and I started. We have focused on measuring Human cognition and developing tests to assess performance and "readiness for duty". I have been the technologist and a Senior Scientist for our company, roles for which CMU prepared me well. Most of our work has been for the DOD (one of my partners is a retired Air Force Colonel), but also includes private industry. While we finished our last contract earlier this year, we are pursuing turning some of our research into a product for early dementia detection. If we are successful raising money to do this, we will continue on, otherwise, we are likely retired.

I am married to Lexy Martin who retired last November from her consulting firm where she ran a hugely successful annual survey of large corporate plans for IT use. Our kids (Jessica and Ian) live in the Washington DC area and we get back to see them (and the grandkids) a couple of times a year.

Due to back issues, I stopped playing competitive volleyball 5 years ago. I have since taken up golf and Lexy and I get out a couple of times a week to terrorize the wildlife that lives near the fairways.

Monin, Joan


Assistant Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at the Yale School of Public Health. My research focuses on addressing the mental and physical health needs of older adults. Specifically, I examine the emotional processes affecting the health of caregivers and care recipients. This work is supported by a K01 career development award from the NIA. At Yale, I work in an interdisciplinary capacity. I am a Junior Faculty Development Scholar and serve in a junior leadership role at the interdepartmental Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Interdisciplinary Center. I also work in collaboration with the Psychology department, and as part of the Yale School of Public Health faculty, I teach and advise several thesis students each year.

After graduating from CMU, I became interested in studying older adult relationships. I successfully carried out an individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in social gerontology and cardiovascular psychophysiology. At the University of Pittsburgh I completed a project investigating how exposure to a loved one’s suffering uniquely influences caregivers’ psychological and physical health. This project contributed to my expertise in working with older adult couples in the laboratory. I also gained important experience with theories of emotion and relationship processes specific to late life. I now combine dyadic data analysis, epidemiological, and experimental laboratory methods to study older couples. Through each of these steps I have continued to collaborate and be inspired by my mentors Brooke Feeney, Margaret Clark, Richard Schulz, and many others from my CMU-Pitt family.

Moroney, Jean


President, Thinking Directions

I am extremely glad I went to CMU when I left engineering and turned to psychology. Academia wasn’t the right fit for me—but I was able to figure that out in two years, because I had such respect for the faculty and the program. Devising an alternative took a few years. I eventually started a business called Thinking Directions, for teaching corporate and public seminars. I help managers, engineers, and other team members figure out what to do when nothing goes as planned on their projects. That’s when thinking gets particularly difficult, because it’s emotional (because you’re dealing with failure) and you need to be more creative (because you’ve already tried the ideas that first occurred to you). You need more powerful tools for goal-setting, problem-solving, and decision-making that go beyond the basics. Developing and teaching these practical thinking tactics keeps me busy and happy.

Munakata, Yuko


Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder

Yuko Munakata still remembers Frank Ritter asking her cohort of first-year grad students how many hours/week they expected to work. Someone suggested, “40?” This was over pizza at Napoli’s. The older students burst into laughter. That made a big impression – as did the subsequent late nights in the grad wing, the intense and fun discussions with Jay McClelland, Mark Johnson, Bob Siegler, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, and others, and the regular breaks for roller-hockey and tennis in Schenley Park, volleyball in Skibo, and conquering routes at The Climbing Wall. She still refers to this Pittsburgh time as the Camelot years.

Yuko is now a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. After CMU, she completed her postdoctoral work at MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Denver. Her work investigates executive function and its development, using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging approaches. She has co-authored two editions of a Computational Cognitive Neuroscience textbook. (Also with Randy O’Reilly, she co-produced Max – 9 years old, and Kai – 6 years old.) Her work has been funded by NIH since 1998, and has been featured in Time, The Atlantic, and Parents Magazine. She served as Associate Editor of Psychological Review, and on the NIH Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes study section. She is a Fellow of the APA and APS, and recipient of the APA Boyd McCandless Award. She might have been the first-year student who answered “40” in response to Frank Ritter’s question.

Neuberg, Steven


Professor, Department of Psychology (Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

I'm currently Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where my research has become very interdisciplinary. Some of my work focuses on how long-standing challenges posed by our evolution as highly-interdependent social animals shape processes ranging from visual perception to economic decision making, with a recent focus on the contents of social stereotypes and prejudices. I also explore the ways in which religion shapes intergroup relations, at both the national and small-group levels. I think the mix of subdisciplines within the CMU grad program (e.g., offices shared by students across areas, annual presentations by grad students attended by folks from all areas), strengthened my existing openness to various perspectives. Outside of academia, I've been married for over 24 years and have three incredible kids (21, 19, 16). Life is good.

Nhouyvanisvong, Adisack


President of Naiku, Inc

I am currently President of Naiku, Inc, a next-generation assessment company devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing better assessment solutions. After completing my dissertation in 1999 with guidance and great support from Ken Koedinger, I moved to Minnesota to take a position as an assessment specialist at the MN Department of Education. Since then, I have worked as a psychometrician for assessment companies and have taught at local universities. After completing my MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2010, I co-founded Naiku to provide teachers and students with better assessment tools and techniques to measure, monitor, and assess student learning. I live in Minnesota with my wife and three daughters.

Okada, Takeshi


Professor, Psychology Department, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo

I'm a professor at The University of Tokyo. I belong to two graduate schools there, the Graduate School of Education and Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies. After leaving CMU and spending one year as a post-doc at LRDC, I left for Japan and taught at Nagoya University for 10 years as an associate professor. I moved to the University of Tokyo ten years ago. I'm currently studying artistic creation, interested in both the basic cognitive science processes and educational implications. My special interests are in the development of expertise of artists as well as informal education for artistic creativity. The education at CMU graduate school helped me a lot to work with interdisciplinary projects as well as those in the psychology field.

Olshavsky, Richard


Career of Richard W. Olshavsky

I went from being a naïve freshman on two scholarships at CMU to a much wiser Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. I attribute my success to CMU, especially the psychology department, to hard work, and to some luck. I graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1963}, an MS in Psychology (1965), and a PhD in Psychology (1967), all from CMU.

After turning down an attractive position at the IBM Watson Research Center, I accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Three years later, I wanted more freedom to investigate how consumers actually make decisions, so I joined the Marketing Department at the Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana. I retired from Indiana University in 2004.

With the assistance of many colleagues I published over 100 articles in marketing, psychology, management, and economics journals and proceedings. I made more than 70 presentations. An important focus of my early research was on identifying the alternative ways that consumers decide without engaging in any of the choice processes (and biases) as traditionally presented by psychologists and economists. My research found that consumers use heuristics such as “following a recommendation”, “conformity”, “imitation”, and “compliance” for minor and major decisions. Another focus has been on identifying the determinants of consumer satisfaction by making a distinction between the different roles of expectations and desires. One of my last articles showed that all of the assumptions underlying Simon’s “bounded rationality” thesis have recently been undercut by the extensive and detailed information now readily available from the internet and by the enormous memory and computing power of laptops and mobile devices. In the interest of public health, I wrote a cigarette smoking cessation book that emphasized the triple threat facing would-be quitters: physiological addiction, psychological rationalizations, and sociological pressures from friends, family, media, government and marketing. I received the “Best Research Paper” Award, American Psychological Association, Consumer Psychology Division (1971) and was listed as “one of the best researchers in marketing” Marketing Educator, Summer 1997, Vol. 16, No. 3, p. 5. I was elected to Fellow Status, American Psychological Association, Consumer Psychology Division 23, August, 1989.

I was a member of the Editorial Review Board for: Journal of Consumer Psychology (1990-2003), Journal of Consumer Research (1983-1987), Journal of Business Research (1973-1976),(1983-1987), Psychology and Marketing (1983-1987), Asian Journal of Marketing (1987-1990), Journal of Consumer Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction and Complaining Behavior (1977-2003). And an ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Decision Sciences, Business Horizons, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. And a reviewer for annual conferences of the American Marketing Association, Association for Consumer Research, American Psychological Association – Division 23, Academy of Marketing Science, and American Institute of Decision Sciences.

I also received several awards for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels. I chaired 10 Marketing Department Doctoral Dissertation Committees. Nearly all of these students now have successful academic careers of their own at major universities.

My wonderful wife of 48 years, Jill Edwards (think Chatham College and Mudge Hall mixers), and I have enjoyed skiing, sailing, tennis, golf, music, and travel.

My heart was in the work.

Articles/Book Cited

“Consumer Decision Making — Fact or Fiction?” Journal of Consumer Research, 6 (1979), 93-100 (with Donald H. Granbois).

“A Re-Examination of the Determinants of Consumer Satisfaction,” Journal of Marketing, 1996, Vol. 60 (July), 15-32 (with Richard Spreng and Scott MacKenzie). This article received the prestigious Harold M. Maynard Award for the best article appearing in the Journal of Marketing in 1996.

“Rationality Unbounded: The Internet and Its Effect on Consumer Decision Making (with Saurabh Mishra), Online Consumer Psychology: Understanding and Influencing Behavior in the Virtual World, eds. Curtis P. Haugtvedt, Karen A. Machleit, and Richard F. Yalch, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005, pp 361-378.

No More Butts – A Psychologist’s Approach to Quitting Cigarettes, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1977, 181 pages.

O'Reilly, Randall


Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder

I worked with Jay McClelland and Jon Cohen, and CMU was an amazing experience with a great cohort of grad students and a feeling of infinite possibility. I’m now Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, doing pretty much the same thing I did in grad school: developing computational models of different brain areas, and now finally gluing these models together into a large-scale brain-based cognitive architecture. My main interest is in how different forms of learning interact, and how the human brain learns to do all of its amazing stuff! Yuko Munakata and I carry our CMU bubble with us, and we spend much less time working now, thanks to our two boys, Max and Kai.

Paré, William


Chief, Pavlovian Research Laboratory & Chief Eastern R & D Office, Perry Point, MD

After finishing my doctoral work with Keck Moyer in the summer of 1959, I joined the Psychology faculty at Boston College. I left BC as an Associate Professor in 1965 to work with W. Horsley Gantt and become the Director of the Pavlovian Research Laboratory at the VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD, which was affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. In this lab I continued my work on the effects of environmental stress on behavior. I ultimately developed an experimental procedure which produced gastrointestinal disorders in the rat. Strain differences subsequently provided an animal model for depressive behavior which has gained widespread acceptance and currently is used in many laboratories.

Working in a psychiatric hospital setting, the value of a clinical degree became obvious. I subsequently enrolled in the clinical psychology program at the University of Delaware and obtained my Clinical Psychology Ph.D. in 1976. I received my license from the State of Maryland, and also from the National Register of Health Care Providers. From 1976 to 2001 I was the Director of the St. John’s Counseling Center in Havre de Grace, MD.

In 1978 I became the Director of the VA Eastern Research & Development Program, which had the responsibility of supervising and assisting the biomedical research programs at 44 VA Medical Centers east of the Mississippi River.

The Pavlovian Laboratory facilitated contact with both national and international scientists. I was a member of the International Brain Research Organization, and also an officer of the Pavlovian Society and President of the International Brain-Gut Society. This allowed me to work with scientists on a worldwide basis and to present research papers in Paris, Leipzig, Tokyo, Acapulco, Florence, Prague, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Pecs, Dusseldorf and Moscow. Work with other behavioral scientists led to Adjunct Associate Professor appointments at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry.

I retired in 2001. In 2005 I created a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in order to generate resources to save and restore a small, rural, chapel near the Susquehanna River. The chapel was built in 1819 by Irish immigrants who piloted the canal barges along the Susquehanna River. The restored chapel was rededicated in 2010. Now I cut the grass.

Pataki, Sherri


Associate Professor, Westminster College

Sherri Pataki is an associate professor of psychology at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where she teaches Psychology of Women, Psychology of Prejudice, Peace Studies, and research methodology. In 2007, she was awarded the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women award from Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) of the American Psychological Association, and in 2011, she was nominated by Westminster College to receive the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon, she has studied at the International Conflict Research Institute at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta in Canada. She collaborates with faculty in Egypt and Israel, and has given talks and lectured in Israel. She is active in the Association for Women in Psychology and Division 35 of the American Psychological Association.

Pavlik, Philip I. Jr.


Assistant Professor at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

​In my research, ​I focus on educational software, computational modeling​s of learning and forgetting, and​ bridging between the laboratory and classroom research. ​With my graduate students I am broadly engaged in studying testing effects, spacing effects, and classroom learning. In particular this work has recently been engaged with developing mathematical models of memory in domains with related chunks. These formal models of the learner are then used in educational software to make pedagogical decisions about what to practice when. As a graduate student I had applied these methods to paired-associate learning, so I am excited to finally be testing a declarative memory optimizer that works with connected chunks in the next few months. I have been teaching graduate statistics, so my current stimuli is a set of sentences about basic statistics, administered as cloze practice. I'm involved with two technology projects as well, the first is my own MoFaCTS (Mobile Fact and Concept Training System), which is how I deploy my experiments remotely ​on the web. The second project is the new LearnSphere repository and community for educational data, in which I am the local PI for a subcontract with CMU (Koedinger DIBBs award). Both projects help me in my research by allowing me to better deploy, share, and analyze the results from my experimental education work.

Pressman, Sarah


Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine

I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. My work seeks to understand how positive emotions are beneficial for objective physical health and longevity. My experimental work focuses on the possible pathways by which positive psychosocial factors might “get under the skin” to influence biology, such as immune function, cardiovascular activity, neuroendocrine hormones, behavioral pathways, and even smiling. I am especially interested in the role of positive psychosocial factors in protecting us from the harmful effects of stress and whether specific types of positive emotions can confer resilience and success in the face of adversity. My research has been published in top psychology journals like Psychological Science and Psychological Bulletin, and featured in popular media outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and my personal favorite, a segment on the Colbert Report . I recently received the early career award in Health Psychology from Division 38 of the American Psychological Association (2014), and the Herbert Weiner Early Career Award in Psychosomatic Medicine from the American Psychosomatic Society (2015). I also delivered my first TEDx talk which can be viewed here:

I completed my PhD work in 2006 under Dr. Sheldon Cohen, followed by a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine under Dr. Karen Matthews. Time spent with this fantastic mentor team led to my first faculty position as the Beatrice Wright Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, where I worked for four years. In 2013, I transitioned to my current position at the University of California, Irvine.

The rigorous training I received at Carnegie Mellon Psychology turned me into the scientist that I am today, gave me a wonderful career, and I couldn't be more grateful. On a more personal note, I should add that my time at Carnegie Mellon was the best time of my life. Pittsburgh will always remain my favorite city in the US and my home away from home. Carnegie Mellon is also the place where I met my husband, Brian Potetz (CMU Computer Science and CNBC graduate, 2008) who is currently a software engineer at Google in the computer vision group.

Reber, Paul


Professor, Psychology & Communication Sciences and Disorders (courtesy) Northwestern University

I completed my Ph.D. at CMU with Ken Kotovsky in 1993 while also hanging around a lot in the labs of John Anderson and Herb Simon. After spending several years learning Cognitive Neuroscience at UCSD with Larry Squire, I came to Northwestern University in 1998 and have been here since. My lab does research in learning and memory, particularly "implicit learning." This research encompasses traditional laboratory psychological science, patient work (Alzehimer's and Parkinson's disease), functional neuroimaging, and computational modeling and we apply these tools to studies of skill learning, training and education, intuitive decision making and cognitive rehabilitation (brain training). My wife Renee and I have four children: Annie (22), Jacob (20), Sam (13) and Rose (9). Alumni who overlapped with our time at CMU may remember that Renee was 4 months pregnant with Annie when we left Pittsburgh for San Diego (helped considerably by many of you in a panicked rush to pack the van the day after my defense). Annie will be getting married this July, so you can all feel old now like I do (you're welcome).

Ritter, Frank

Professor, iSchool, Penn State

I'm a professor at Penn State in a new or formerly new, iSchool. I have affiliate appointments in CS and Psych. After leaving CMU I taught at Nottingham University for 6 years. I was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at TU/Chemnitz for a semester. I'm working on models of learning in ACT-R and Soar. I'm interested in making them more usable, and applying learning theory to create cheap, effective procedural tutors. We did publish a paper supported by the Coke machine (Ritter, Reber, Ritter, Reder, Ritter, Reber, & Bodenhaus, Etal) in JIR based on work many of your contributed to. I have a couple of books that might be interesting, one on the practical aspects of how to run studies (if you are, say, a CS or IE person), and what psychology do system designers need to know to design systems (which is partially based on ACT-R and partially based on a National Research Council report I helped write).

Ritter, Steve

steve ritter

Chief Product Architect, Carnegie Learning

I'm one of those who came to CMU Psychology for graduate school and really never left. After completing my Ph.D. with Brian MacWhinney, I stayed on as a postdoc with John Anderson. That led to the founding of Carnegie Learning, a company that applies Cognitive Science research to the design and implementation of mathematics education, currently used by over 400,000 students in middle and high schools across the country. We are best known for the Cognitive Tutors for mathematics, which use cognitive modeling to personalize instruction for students. As Chief Scientist at Carnegie Learning, I continue to collaborate with researchers at CMU and elsewhere to improve our ability to help students learn math.

I'm also grateful to CMU Psychology because that's where I met my wife, Marcie Wallace (at a reception in David Klahr's house). We have two children, Melinda (16) and Aaron (13).

Rittle-Johnson, Bethany


Associate Professor, Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Bethany Rittle-Johnson graduated from CMU in 1999 with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. After doing a post-doc in Human-Computer Interaction at CMU, she joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University. She remains at Vanderbilt and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College. Professor Rittle-Johnson's research focuses on understanding how knowledge change occurs. Her specific interests are in how children learn problem-solving procedures and key concepts in mathematics. For example, what roles do comparison or generating explanations have in promoting learning of concepts and procedures? This research bridges between psychological theory and educational practice, and Professor Rittle-Johnson also collaborates with teachers to apply and test her research in educational settings. Her life and research are both enriched by her two daughters, ages 10 and 14, who teach her much about learning, development and schooling.

Rosenberg, Steven


Senior Director of Operations, Silicon Valley Campus, CMU

As an undergraduate I was most interested in studying human cognition. The little I learned about the then-emerging area of computer modeling of thought processes was enough to bring me to CMU, where I was lucky enough to be able to work with Herb Simon as my thesis advisor. I spent five very happy years at CMU, which at that time was a unique and wonderful environment for learning to be a cognitive psychologist, as I imagine it still is. I left CMU to spend 4 years at the MIT AI lab, becoming more of an AI researcher. Deciding that I wanted to live in California, I then moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, California, where I spent three years building various expert systems.

I was then recruited to join HP Labs, which at the time was building up a large AI group. I spent the next 27 years there, working on a variety of things, including manager of the Expert Systems department, where we developed an expert systems language used by many universities, and built several successful expert systems and neural-net based tools for HP. For a time, I ran HP Labs’ external research program with universities, ran HP “science centers” at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and did strategic planning for HP Labs. I had several other interesting assignments. As I became more interested in having my research impact products, I became involved in managing technology transfers, and ultimately in starting and building internal business incubations.

Retiring from HP in 2009, I began spending some time at CMU’s small campus in Silicon Valley. I was asked to help out on some research initiatives, and ultimately became a special faculty and associate director of the campus. Currently, I am now the Senior Director of Operations for the campus. It seems I have come full circle, professionally, being back at CMU, and I am enjoying it as much this second time as the first time.

I am married, with 3 daughters, and have lived in the same house in Palo Alto for the past 35 years. My wife Gayla works in the child neurology department at Stanford University.

Rosenberg-Lee, Miriam


Instructor, Stanford Medicine

I am currently an Instructor (research-focused faculty position) in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford Medicine. My research sits at the intersection of education and neuroscience, addressing how the brain acquires and masters complex formal systems, like mathematics. I am particularly interested in understanding how the acquisition process may be altered in children with neurodevelopmental disorders including mathematical learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. My recent research focuses on the neuroplastic changes that accompany successful learning, with a view to developing and augmenting effective instructional approaches.

My research and training have been supported by the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (Canada). I am also is a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience, a non-profit focused on bringing neuroscience research to bear on real world issues.

Schipul, Sarah


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I am currently an Autism Speaks Meixner Postdoctoral fellow in Translational Research. The goal of my 2-year project is to examine neural synchrony and plasticity during learning in children with autism spectrum disorder using EEG. This project continues my dissertation work which used fMRI to examine brain connectivity and adaptability during learning in adults with autism. After receiving my PhD from CMU in 2012, I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a T-32 to learn EEG methodology in the examination of children with autism, under the guidance of Drs. Aysenil Belger and Grace Baranek. In 2014, I was awarded a 2-year Autism Speaks fellowship to continue this work with a novel project. In late 2014, I moved to Brooklyn, NY with my husband Sam as he began a data scientist position at a financial technology startup company in Manhattan. I continue to work with the research team at UNC remotely, and fly down to run participants and meet with colleagues one week every month.

I greatly enjoyed and appreciated my time at CMU, 12 years total, where I also received my bachelor’s degree and worked for 3 years as a research assistant at the CCBI. I miss many things about CMU Psych and Pittsburgh, including the tight-knit department, excellent colloquia and departmental talks, the high aspirations, and of course the CCBI, as well as the beautiful (and affordable!) city, the three rivers, and the hometown pride. Luckily, the amazing friendships and professional relationships I made there have survived the distance!

Schooler, Lael


Professor of Psychology, Syracuse University

I am a Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University in the Cognitive, Brain and Behavior area, where we are growing in the area of computational psychology. At Syracuse I’m contintuing the research I started as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Inspired by Herbert Simon’s notion of bounded rationality, ABC investigates simple heuristics—cognitive processes that use limited information to make effective decisions in an uncertain world. As my advisor was John Anderson, it is natural that much of my work involves grounding simple heuristics in the ACT-R theory of cognition. My colleagues at ABC with input from the ACT-R community reflected on the implications of integrating the ABC and ACT-R research programs. You can read more about that here:

While at CMU I met my wife Julia Schooler who was a graduate student in cognitive psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Our daughters Lydia and Eva don’t see themselves following us, my parents, brother, aunt, uncle, and assorted cousins into psychology. Fortunately, the pressure is off them to join the family business, because we already have a third generation of Schoolers attending the Psychonomic Society's annual meetings -- my newphew Joel Schooler is in graduate school studying cognitive psychology at UC Santa Cruz.

Schustack, Miriam W.


Professor and Chair of Psychology, California State University San Marcos

I got my Ph.D. at CMU in 1981, working primarily with John Anderson, whom I followed from Yale to CMU during my graduate training. I was fortunate to be part of a very stimulating cohort of fellow grad students and post-docs and research staff, both in John’s lab and in the Psych department more generally. I went immediately to an Assistant Professor position in psychology at Harvard. At that time, there was no up-or-out tenure process at Harvard—only out. After five years there (which I did truly enjoy), I left to take a research-faculty position at UC San Diego, working on a Navy-sponsored project on which Don Norman was a PI. It was a very exciting time at UCSD, with Jay McClelland and Dave Rumelhart in the early years of their PDP work. My then-fiancé (now husband) was already living in Southern California, which made the move westward even more appealing. In 1991, I took a faculty position at a new campus of the California State University system that had just opened in San Diego County, and I have been here ever since. I spent several years involved in a multi-site project on children’s learning in informal (non-school) settings, working with colleagues across disciplines and across international borders. I have added work in personality psych and non-verbal communication to my cognitive psychology interests. I also was part of the process of building a university--from a fledgling campus of a few hundred students in rented space when I arrived to over 14,000 students today--and I developed an interest in academic administration. In addition to my current long stint as department chair, I have served as Interim Dean of my college, as an ACE fellow, as Special Assistant to the university president, and as campus lead for accreditation review. I am grateful to have been able to spend so much of my life in academia.

Schunn, Christian Dieter


Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology
Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

After doing a postdoc with John Anderson and Lynne Reder, I took a faculty position at George Mason University, doing applied cognitive research. Three years later, I moved back to Pittsburgh, taking a joint psychology/LRDC faculty position at Pitt, and I’ve been there ever since. Beth Littleton (who I met at CMU) and I have three kids, the oldest is now in college and the youngest is still in elementary school. My early work on scientific reasoning with David Klahr continued and generalized into studying the psychology of science and the psychology of engineering. To this work, I added research in education, and the educational research is now 70% of my lab. I am involved in a small start-up company, called Panther Learning Systems, that licenses a technology for online peer review that I developed called Peerceptiv. Although I do not doing any computational modeling anymore, the fundamental questions of underlying mechanism and diverse use of technology are mainstays of my lab that stem from the CMU days.

Singer, Murray


Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba

Upon graduating from CMU, I was appointed Assistant Professor at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. I spent my entire career there and retired just last June. However, that description belies the varied and stimulating experiences that I have been privileged to enjoy. My research career followed a variety of interwoven paths focusing on discourse comprehension, inferences, memory for text, item memory, and other related problems. Throughout the decades, I benefitted from scholarly guidance but also personal friendship from many people in my field. I received some honours or the sort that would be hard to imagine when you're first starting out as a grad student, such as getting to edit our national journal, the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. To expand my professional horizons and avoid a few bitter Winnipeg winters, I have spent sabbaticals at wonderful institutions including the U. of Colorado and UC San Diego.

During all of this time, I received moral support from my wife Gail and learned immensely from her own career experiences, mostly as a school principal.

Some of the benefits from studying at Carnegie Mellon were obvious from the start, but others became apparent more gradually. While the guidance and insights of my mentors were always apparent, it took a bit longer to fully appreciate the tremendous contribution of my fellow graduate students to my training. Only when I arrived at Manitoba did I understand that learning to function autonomously had been a crucial part of my preparation. Living in Pittsburgh contributed much to my personal development and I remember that I enjoyed living there more with each passing year in grad school. I'm forward to seeing everyone in May.

Stephens, Joseph


Associate Professor, Psychology Department, North Carolina A&T State University

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. I finished my Ph.D. at CMU in 2006, the same year my wife, Amy Overman, finished her Ph.D. at Pitt. After defending, we moved to central Ohio for a year, where Amy was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University and I was a Post-Doc at Ohio State. In 2007, Amy was hired at Elon University in Elon, NC, where she is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. I held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University for one year before entering my current position at NC A&T in 2008. We live in Greensboro with our three children. Probably the thing I recall most frequently about the Psych Department at CMU is my "job" stocking the PsyCoke machine, since I am reminded of it every time I see a Diet Coke logo!

St. John, Mark

Dt. John

Pacific Science and Engineering Group

After graduating from CMU in 1990, I moved to San Diego and became an assistant professor in the UCSD Cognitive Science department. A highlight was winning a teaching award voted on by the students. I think all the practice giving talks at CMU helped me be a better professor. Alas, it was not a great fit for me, and I left the university in 1996 to join the Pacific Science and Engineering Group, across town. PSE is a small business that specializes in human factors, both research and practice, in high-consequence systems. It has been a great collaborative experience for me, and I’m still enjoying the work there. It’s been fascinating to learn about different domains from naval air warfare to oil drilling to telecommunications. And the research to understand why different designs are better or worse has been challenging and fun. I was awarded article of the year by the journal Human Factors twice. I still live in San Diego with my partner of 18 years, Craig. And we are both owned by an African Grey Parrot, Ubangui, who is now 20. His favorite hobby is to predict the next sound you are going to make, whether you are in the same room, or not.

Taraban, Roman


Professor of Psychology and Associate Department Chair, Texas Tech University

To say that my doctoral work at CMU Psychology was a milestone in my academic career would be to put it blandly. For me it was truly a formative and transformative experience. And, indeed, I was there in the 1980s at a time when functional AI-style models were being theoretically pitted against neural-style models. Gladly, the somewhat contentious computational orientations have settled into a peaceable and productive synergy. After a post-doc at UMASS, my wife and I and our newborn daughter Lindsay moved to Texas, where we have been since. I am currently professor in experimental psychology and associate department chair in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University. My wife Beth, also a CMU psych grad, is Managing Director of the Office of Research Integrity at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Over the years my research has reflected my roots in connectionist modeling of psycholinguistic phenomena, as well as more applied work on text comprehension, undergraduates’ study behaviors, problem solving, and instructional interventions in STEM disciplines. Herb Simon often advised grad students to find something that they loved doing. What I value most about the CMU experience is not a specific skill I gained (although there were many), but a way of thinking about cognition, its nature, its limits. Although tartan is my favorite color, I presently have two daughters who chose blue and gold for their higher education. Hopefully, they will on occasion take the short walk past the Carnegie Museum to CMU.

Titus, H Edwin


Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Upsala College, retired
A.B. 1955 Bucknell University, M.S. 1957 and Ph.D. 1959 Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Immediately upon receiving my Ph.D. from Carnegie Tech., I was called to active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army where I served for two years as a Personnel Psychologist. After the Army, I was in Ohio for almost 20 years (Ohio University and Muskingum College). I started at Muskingum College (which incidentally was the Alma Mater of one of my CIT mentors: Harry W. Karn) as Assistant Professor and left as Dean of the College and Chief Academic Officer. I spent the remainder of my career in New Jersey as an academic administrator: among other positions, I was Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Upsala College. After retirement I served in higher education for a number of years as a consultant.

Tremaine, Marilyn “Mantei”


Professor Emerita New Jersey Institute of Technology

I arrived at CMU with my parrot on my shoulder in August 1977 and promptly broke one of Baker Hall’s lamps in a hall Frisbee game, an act which Pat Langley kindly took the blame for. I was not an official student in Psychology nor did I get my Ph.D. from CMU, but I spent the last two years of my graduate work at CMU working on my thesis with Professor Allen Newell, It is difficult to put in writing how fortunate I was to be guided by such a brilliant, kind and supportive individual. His mentoring has shaped the rest of my life. CMU was also an incredible place to be. It was a wonderful stimulating intellectual environment that taught me how to conduct research.

After leaving CMU, I became an assistant professor in the Michigan Business School’s Information Systems Department, but a divorce sent me away from Ann Arbor to the University of Toronto where I served as professor of Computer Science for ten years. A new husband brought me back to the US – his position, professor and department chair of Astrophysics at Princeton University and mine, professor and department chair of Information Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I finally ended my career last year when I retired at 74 from being a Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University.

Throughout my academic career, I worked to establish the research area of human-computer interaction. At each university I worked at, I created courses in HCI and, eventually, at Rutgers, an entire Master’s Degree in the discipline. Working in entirely different disciplines had an impact on the type of research I did. At the Michigan Business School, I worked on methods for incorporating HCI into software development and how to perform a cost/benefit analysis for carrying out HCI in industry. At the University of Toronto, the work I did on desktop video conferencing and media spaces formed some of the earliest work in this area. At NJIT, my research investigated computer security techniques dependent on human typing behavior and examined problems associated with global software development. Finally, at Rutgers, I worked on using virtual reality systems for stroke rehabilitation and improving human spatial visualization skills through the development of computer games. I am still doing research in this final area. In short, my career has been an incredible trip for me, with CMU giving me my boarding pass.

Vecera, Shaun


Herman J. & Eileen S. Schmidt Chair and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Iowa

I received my Ph.D. with Martha Farah in 1995, even though Martha had recently moved to the University of Pennsylvania. My most cited publication is still my first-year project, which demonstrated an object-based component of visual attention and delineated two distinct forms of object-based attention. After CMU I was an assistant professor at the University of Utah for three years, but was then recruited away by the University of Iowa in 1998, where I have been since. More recent work with my graduate students has investigated the role of learning and experience on attentional control.

I've served as an associate editor for Psychological Science and for Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics and am currently an associate editor at Visual Cognition. I have had several service roles at Iowa, mostly centered around undergraduate teaching and education. I am currently my department's director of undergraduate studies, serve on the collegiate undergraduate curriculum committee, and, since 2000, have taught Elementary Psychology to over 11,000 students. I was recently named the Herman J. & Eileen S. Schmidt Chair, which recognizes and advances excellence in undergraduate education.

Since 1992, I have been married to Maureen Marron, a University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. We have spent many years learning about native tallgrass prairie and other Iowa gems, and we have two sons, Patrick and Colin. I was recently at CMU on a campus visit with Patrick, who might be the next Tartan in the family.

Weber, Keith

Professor, Department of Learning & Teaching, Rutgers University

Since earning my Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon in 2001, I have been investigating students' and mathematicians' cognition as they do advanced mathematics. I am currently a professor of mathematics education at Rutgers University. My time at Carnegie Mellon was a great experience, as I was taught by many world class scholars and worked closely with outstanding researchers, such as Lynne Reder and Dick Hayes. I currently reside in New Jersey with my wife Gina, my son Max, and our dog Pepper.

Wimberly, Frank

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I am a sort of ringer here since I didn’t finish a Ph.D. in Psychology. I was in the same entering class (1967) as Stu and JJ Card, Ed Deci and others but after getting an M.S. I decided to return to my roots in mathematics and computer science. I received a Ph.D. in those areas from the University of Pittsburgh. I felt very flattered when the late Charles (Skip) Lowe said to me a few years ago, “I can’t help it, Frank. I still consider you to be a psychologist.” After working at Bell Labs for a couple of years, I returned to Carnegie Mellon. Over the next 19 years I served there as research faculty, tenure track faculty, research staff, and administrator. Those positions were in the Robotics Institute, the Heinz College, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and the Philosophy Department consecutively. My last office, in the Philosophy Department, was exactly two flights downstairs from the “Zoo” where first year psychology graduate students had their desks in 1967.

In 1999 I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with my wife Deborah (a retired psychotherapist), daughter Flor, and grandson Matthew (see attached photo). Some of my psychology colleagues may remember my daughter Diane. She teaches AP Latin at the Emma Willard School in upstate NY and has three sons. When he was a TA, Keith McConnell used her (then 3) to demonstrate lack of conservation as described by Piaget.

Young, Richard


After my PhD with Allen Newell I was a post-doc for 5 years (1973-78) at Edinburgh, Scotland, in their newly-created Department of Artificial Intelligence. I then had a research position at the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, UK (1978-97). I had a short ‘academic’ career (1997-2004) at University of Hertfordshire, and finished with a decade in research administration (2005-2016) at University College London (UCL), for the last 6 years on the CHI+MED project (

Throughout this time I stayed in contact with people I had known at CMU, and was often back in Pittsburgh. I visited Xerox PARC a few times and spent a summer working there (1977) with Stuart Card and Tom Moran. I was associated with the EuroPARC lab in Cambridge (UK) which Tom Moran started. I spent a sabbatical year back in the CMU Psychology Dept 1992-93. I was an early enthusiast for the Soar cognitive architecture created by Allen Newell with John Laird & Paul Rosenbloom, and ran a series of EuroSoar workshops. I later (1999) attended John Anderson & Christian Lebiere’s ACT-R summer school, and taught & used ACT-R. During the seven years (1993-2000) that Frank Ritter was at University of Nottingham, UK, we collaborated closely and were key founders of the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (ICCM) series.

I’ve now retired (for the third time), do two days a week of community volunteering, and look forward to teaching myself some of the maths & physics that I somehow missed out on.

This page was last updated May 2016