Kathy Spoehr's primary research focus is twofold. One project, funded by the National Center for Education Statistics, is making use of insights from cognitive science and computational linguistics to inform the development of a new set of tasks to assess vocabulary knowledge at the national level for the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). The second area of research focuses on the cognitive principles underlying optimal design for and use of computer-based learning environments. This work investigates how multimedia technology can improve teaching and learning.
Kathy Spoehr is Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences (where she serves as Associate Chairperson) and Professor of Public Policy at Brown University. Spoehr received her A.B. degree at Brown University in 1969 magna cum laude and with honors in mathematical psychology. She did graduate work in cognitive psychology and computer science (artificial intelligence) at Stanford University, where she was awarded the A.M. degree in 1971 and the Ph.D. in 1973, both in Psychology. Spoehr joined the Brown faculty in 1974 as a member of the Psychology Department and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the then Center for Cognitive Science. In 1986 she moved to the newly formed Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences where she served as chairperson from 1991 to 1993. She was the Associate Provost for Budget and Planning from 1982-85, served as Dean of the Graduate School and Research from 1993-96, and as Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty from 1996-1999, and Executive Vice-President and Provost from 1999-2001.
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