Danielle S. McNamara, PhD

Danielle McNamara

Director, Science of Learning and Educational Technology (SoLET) Lab

Danielle S. McNamara (Ph.D. 1992, University of Colorado, Boulder) joined the ASU Institute for the Science of Teaching & Learning, Department of Psychology in 2011. She joined ASU from the University of Memphis where she was Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Professor in the Department of Psychology for 9 years. Her academic background includes a Linguistics B.A. (1982), a Clinical Psychology M.S. (1989), and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (1992; UC-Boulder). The overarching theme of her research is to better understand cognitive processes involved in comprehension, writing, and learning, and to apply that understanding to educational practice by developing and testing educational technologies (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix). Two of her projects, The Writing Pal and iSTART, are computer assisted learning programs designed to improve students’ writing and reading comprehension. Coh-Metrix is a text analysis tool designed to advance our understanding of the nature of text difficulty. 

Dr. McNamara has published over 300 papers and secured over 20 million in funding. Her work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the McDonnell Foundation, and the Gates Foundation. She has served as Associate Editor on four journals, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence (ijAIED), TopiCS, the Cognitive Science Journal, and the Journal of Educational Psychology, and has served on review panels for the IES, NSF, NIH, and NICHD. She has also served on the Governing Board for the Cognitive Science Society and currently serves as the President of the Society for Text and Discourse. 

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