Lori Takeuchi, PhD

Deputy Director & Head of Research

Lori Takeuchi conducts research on how children use media across the various settings of their lives and the implications these tools hold for their learning and development. Prior to her current role as Deputy Director & Head of Research, Lori served as the Center’s Acting Executive Director (2017–2019), Director of Research (2009–2017), and Postdoctoral Fellow (2008–2009). In these roles, Lori conceived of and led several of the Cooney Center’s distinguishing initiatives, including Print Books vs. E-books, The New CoviewingAprendiendo Juntos, the Families and Media Project, the Families Learning Across Boundaries initiative, and the Future of Childhood initiative. Lori has published reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics in the digital media and learning space, and presented her research to educator, designer, and policymaker audiences both nationally and abroad. Before earning her PhD in the Learning Sciences from Stanford, Lori spent over a decade designing science simulation and visualization software for companies including BBN Educational Technologies, Logal Software, and WorldLink Media. She began her career managing the Instructional Television Department at Thirteen/WNET. Lori holds an AB in Communication from Stanford and an EdM in Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) from Harvard. Lori now resides in Oakland, California, where she also serves on the Board of Managers for the Oakland YMCA and plays basketball whenever she can.