University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education Excellence in Higher Education

About Us

Richard E. Clark, Ed.D.
Richard E. ClarkClark's interest is in the design and application of research on complex learning, performance motivation and the use of technology in instruction. His most recent books include: Handling Complexity in Learning Environments: Theory and Research (2006, Elsevier, with Jan Elen; Turning Research Into Results: A Guide to Selecting the Right Performance Solutions (2002, CEP Press, with Fred Estes) which received the 2003 International Society for Performance Improvement Award of Excellence and Learning from Media: Arguments, Analysis and Evidence (2001, Information Age Publishers). In 2002, he won the Thomas F. Gilbert distinguished professional achievement award from ISPI and in 2003 he received the Socrates award for excellence in teaching in the Rossier School of Education. He is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 15, Educational Psychology), a Fellow in the Association of Applied Psychology and a Founding Fellow of the American Psychological Society. He teaches courses in adult learning theory, motivation research and instructional design.

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Allen Munro, Ph.D.
Allen MunroMunro has been the director of Behavioral Technology Laboratories at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California (USC). He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He conducts research on advanced tutorial development systems with an emphasis on interactive graphical simulations. He and his colleagues created Rivets, a system for building and delivering simulation-centered learning environments. He leads the team developing iRides, a system for delivering interactive graphical simulations and training over the Internet. He has authored or co-authored more than ninety technical papers on topics related to learning environments, development tools, and tutoring systems.

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Donna Darling
Contracts and Grants Coordinator
Donna DarlingDonna is the Centerís Contracts and Grants Coordinator. She provides pre and post-award support for all the Centerís research contracts and grants. Since 1991 she has been with the Behavioral Technology Laboratories, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California as their Contracts & Grants Coordinator. She has also worked many years in the public schools as a classroom assistant in both Kindergarten and Adult Computer Education.

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Katie Moulton
Research Assistant
Katie MoultonKatie graduated from USC with a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to earn her M.A. in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and later earned a second M.A. in Clinical Psychology from CSU Dominguez Hills. She has worked as a family counselor for the Torrance Police Department, and as an adult school counselor for the Torrance Unified School District. Katie's interests include the effects of cognitive and sociocultural factors on motivation, and the role of technology and learning among different cultures.

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Quentin Pizzini, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Quentin PizziniPizzini has been a senior research associate with the Behavioral Technology Laboratories at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California (USC). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. He has conducted research and development in the areas of intelligent tutoring systems, simulation-centered tutorial authoring and delivery systems, and virtual environments for training for more than twenty years. Dr. Pizzini has co-authored a number of technical papers in these areas, and he has been a lead developer for a number of advanced tutoring systems.

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Maura Sullivan, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Maura SullivanSullivan is the Associate Chair for Educational Affairs and the Executive Director of the Surgical Skills Training and Education Center in the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. She is responsible for curriculum development and competency assessment for the medical student and residency training programs in the Department of Surgery. Her primary research focus is the application of Cognitive-Task-Analysis to psychomotor skill development in medicine. She is an active member of the Association of Surgical Education and holds an appointment with the American College of Surgeons as an educator for the Advanced Trauma Life Support program.

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Kenneth Yates, Ed.D.
Senior Research Associate
Ken YatesYates develops training and evaluation programs and conducts research in and applications of cognitive task analysis methods to improve human performance, instructional design, and educational technology. He has extensive experience in the analysis, planning, development, and management of government-sponsored projects, start-up ventures and on-going businesses. As in international development consultant, Dr. Yates has designed, implemented, and evaluated USAID-funded projects in Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan for education and training, electronic publication of laws, and legal and regulatory reform.

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