About the Center

Senior Fellows

Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Dr. Vaala is a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University, where she is currently focused on developing mobile and internet tools to boost problem-solving skills among teens living with chronic illness.  She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  As a … 

Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D

Senior Fellow

Jordan Shapiro, Ph.d. is Forbes’ leading columnist on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture. An internationally known speaker and consultant on education technology, school reform, and 21st Century child-rearing, his unique perspective combines psychology, philosophy, economics, and mythology in unexpected ways. He has helped clients like the … 

Jason Yip

Jason Yip, Ph.D

Research Fellow

Dr. Yip is an assistant professor of digital youth at The Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on how the design and implementation of new learning technologies can support participatory learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) between children and families. He was a …