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Mary Beth Rosson, B.A., Ph.D.

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Mary Beth Rosson
332G Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-3450
  • Ph.D., Human Experimental Psychology University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1982

  • B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1977


Dr. Mary Beth Rosson is Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at The Pennsylvania State University. Rosson also co-directs the Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning Lab.  Prior to joining Penn State in 2003, she was Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech for 10 years, and a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 11 years. Rosson received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Texas – Austin in 1982. She is internationally known for research and education in human-computer interaction, participatory and scenario-based evaluation and design methods, computer-supported collaborative learning and end-user development. In recognition of her research accomplishments, Dr. Rosson was elected Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery and is a member of the SIGCHI Academy.

Research Interests:

Rosson currently supervises a broad range of projects, including topics in technology-mediated education, online privacy-enhancing behavior, smart camera applications for people with visual impairments, co-production of health and wellness among elders, and literacy in computational thinking.


For a complete list of publications, see my current CV.