Research Team


Debra is a Senior Researcher at TERC.  Her research explores the design process, and the ways in which design can facilitate disciplinary thinking.  Other areas of interest include out of school learning, online learning communities, and computer science/robotics education.

Jacquey BarberJacquey Barber
Lawrence Hall of Science
Jacquey is Director at The Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science. She is the currently the co-principal investigator for Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading. She has worked in K–12 science and mathematics education for over 25 years, in curriculum and professional development, and is the author of many inquiry science teacher’s guides. She also has a background in scientific research. She has a degree in physiology and did research in endocrinology on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Strasbourg, France.

Brian Drayton
Brian is Co-Director for the Center for School Reform at TERC. His areas of interest include. Areas of Interest
Inquiry in science; Electronic communities; Teacher change; Ecology and life science curriculum; Discourse analysis; Public understanding of science. Over the past 25 years, he has been involved in many different curriculum development projects, including: Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet, Global Lab, The Ecology Curriculum, Astrobiology, Star Schools, MBL

Susan McKenney

Susan McKenney
University of Pittsburgh & University of Twente
Susan is a Professor at ELAN, the Department of Teacher Professionalization at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She is also affiliated with Twente's Department of Instructional Technology and a visiting professor in the Learning Sciences & Policy Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development, and often emphasizes the supportive role of technology in these processes. She is currently chair of the ISDDE Executive.

Christian Schunn
Christian Schunn
University of Pittsburgh
Chris is a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, and a Professor of Psychology, Intelligent Systems, and Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. His educational design work includes: a now commercialized system for writing instruction via web-based peer review; mathematics instruction through Lego robotics in schools and after school programs; and integrated math, science, and engineering instruction in the context of science classrooms. Recently he has been exploring the connections between engineering design processes and educational design processes. He was chair of the ISDDE Executive and co-chair of ISDDE 2011 in Boston.


Project Staff
Natalie Pareja Roblin
Natalie Pareja Roblin is working as a postdoctoral researcher on the Design Dimensions project at the Learning Research and Development Center (Pittsburgh University). She is currently also a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University (Belgium) and a teacher educator at the Center for Adult Education 'Het Perspectief' (Belgium). Her research focuses on educational innovation, teacher professional development, and the interactions between research and practice in education.

Sara Walkup is a science curriculum developer with the Learning Design Group at Lawrence Hall of Science as well as the research assistant for the Design Dimensions project. Prior to this, she taught Earth science, chemistry, and physics for four years at a public high school in Denver, Colorado. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science with a specialization in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Science Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. 

Anushree Bopardikar

Anushree Bopardikar is a researcher at TERC. Her research interests are classroom science discourse, collaboration and students' learning; technology-enhanced, inquiry-oriented learning-environments; and teacher professional development. In the past, she has worked as project assistant at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Anushree holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Mumbai, India, and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.