About the Center

Lori Takeuchi, PhD


Lori Takeuchi directs the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s research program and was acting executive director from 2018-2019. She first came to the Cooney Center as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2008–2009. As research director, Lori has led several of the Cooney Center’s distinguishing initiatives, including the fellows program, Print Books vs. E-books, The New CoviewingAprendiendo Juntos, the Families and Media Project, and the Families Learning Across Boundaries initiativeLori has published reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal 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 serves of the Board of Managers for the Downtown Oakland YMCA and plays basketball whenever she can.



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Digital Games in the Classroom: A National Survey

June 9, 2014

It seems that hardly a week goes by without a news story touting that digital games like Minecraft are gaining a stronger foothold in American classrooms. Publishers and game developers are eager to make headway in the educational technology marketplace, and school districts throughout the country are rolling out one-to-one … 

Slideshow: Playing and Learning at the 2014 LEGO Idea Conference

April 25, 2014

A few weeks ago, the Cooney Center’s own Lori Takeuchi made the long journey out to Billund, Denmark to participate in the LEGO Foundation’s 2014 Idea Conference. The slideshow below documents the two-and-a-half days she spent dreaming, debating, planning, and (perhaps most importantly) playing with thought leaders from around the … 

Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking Design

February 22, 2012

Join us at DML 2012: Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking designs for younger and older users | March 2, 2012 Attending the DML 2012 Conference next week in San Francisco? Don’t miss our panel: Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking designs for younger and older users, Friday, March 2, at 2:30 … 

Cooney Center Fellows Program: Now Open for Applications

February 2, 2011

Want to join the Cooney Center Team? Apply to be the 2011-2012 Cooney Center Fellow! The Cooney Center Fellows Program encourages research, innovation, and dissemination to promote children’s learning. Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and practice in …